Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Reviewed – 21st September 2017
“full of fun, comedy and pink pizzazz”
If you’re a keen musical theatre fan, you should be familiar with the story of Elle Woods, which has been delighting audiences since its stage debut on Broadway in 2007. Elle, a blonde bundle of energy, follows ex-boyfriend Warner, who wants a partner who is “less of a Marilyn, more a Jackie”, to Harvard Law School in an attempt to win him back. Struggling at first to fit in with her snobby peers, she soon learns the importance of staying true to herself and defies everyone’s expectations, showing there’s more to her than meets the eye.
The only person on her side at first is law teaching assistant Emmett, played by David Barrett, who brings a personable charm to the role. Lucie Jones lights up the stage as Elle Woods, her comic timing is impeccable and she also proves herself as a first-class actress during the more serious moments in the show. Vocally, she is note-perfect and her stunning tone is a joy to listen to throughout the production. Watching the pair’s relationship blossom is a delight and there’s real chemistry between the actors making it even more believable.
Another standout performance comes from Rita Simons as Paulette, a funny, spirited hairdresser who befriends Elle. She commands the stage with confidence and great vocal talent and is met with an appreciative response from the audience following her heartfelt, strong performance of “Ireland”.
The ensemble should be commended for their sustained energy, particularly those involved in the well choreographed skipping sequence in “Whipped into Shape”, which opens Act 2.
The production includes exciting lighting and visual effects, including the clever use of UV skipping ropes which proved to be very effective. Jon Harris, Jason Bishop and David Shields’ set design is also good, particularly for the Harvard and courtroom scenes, which are brought to life well.
Directed and choreographed by Anthony Williams, this current UK touring production of Legally Blonde is full of fun, comedy and pink pizzazz, highlighting the importance of staying true to yourself. Whether you’re a long-standing Legally Blonde fan or have never seen it, you’re sure to leave the theatre on a pink, fluffy high, humming the catchy songs all the way home.
Reviewed by Emily K Neal
Photography by Robert Workman
LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
is at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley until 23rd September followed by UK Tour