By Julie Wallis twitter.com/nicenic63
Legally Blonde the Musical at New Alexandra Theatre
Legally Blonde The Musical storms onto the stage at Birmingham’s New Alexandra theatre until Saturday 26th May. It’s not so much a breath of fresh air, more of a hurricane of laughs, music and dance. Legally Blonde The Musical is everything good musical theatre should be.
The story centres around Elle Woods (Lucie Jones), a ditzy Blonde, who applies for Harvard. On the night she was expecting a marriage proposal, she was dumped by her boyfriend Warner Huntington III (Liam Doyle) as he needs a “serious” girlfriend if he is to be taken seriously in his career. So Elle sets off to become a lawyer, and follows Warner to Harvard. With a little romance and a whole lot of laughs on the way Elle discovers real love and real friendships.
With an absolutely fabulous cast this production has me laughing out loud until my sides hurt. Lucie Jones is wonderful, with equal measures of feistiness and ditziness as the character of Elle. Her singing voice is a phenomenon and Lucie has so much charisma that I found it very hard to take my eyes off of her when she was on stage. Miss Jones made me laugh a lot, especially when she senses an injustice, swishing her blonde hair and growling out questions.
Bill Ward (Coronation Street and Emmerdale) as sleazy Professor Callahan was the perfect ‘baddie’ the one everyone loves to hate, as well as looking every inch the part of a top lawyer. I want to say Bill Ward was thoroughly entertaining, and the guy can sing and dance too. His rendition of Whipped into Shape is magic.
Biggest surprise on stage for me was Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders) as Paulette Bonafonté, obviously Miss Simons is a very talented actress, so I knew she could act. What I didn’t know was the singing voice she has kept discreetly tucked away. Rita Simons was also fabulously funny.
David Barrett is the mild mannered yet charming Emmet Forrest, and Liam Doyle as the self centred Warner Huntington III , both chaps that steal Elle’s heart over the 3 years That Legally Blonde The Musical spans. Ben Harlow completely dominating the stage for his all too brief moments as Kyle the UPS guy that catches Paulette’s eye there is a whole lot of love and romance in this show.
Everyone was super talented with plenty of singing and dancing, which usually sorts the wheat from the chaff, there was not a moment nor a cast member that didn’t delight.
The Riverdance scene made me laugh until I cried! There are plenty of big song and dance numbers in this, this really is a musical theatre lovers dream show. There is so much energy in this show, not just for the dance routines, although they are something I will remember for a long while.
Seeing a dozen actors on stage, skipping with illuminated skipping ropes whilst singing does tend to stick in ones memory. Helen Petrovna as Brook Wyndham was very, very impressive in the skipping whilst singing scenes.
Bruiser, the little chihuahua, that Elle Woods is so famous for carrying around in her handbag is played by a real little chihuahua called Bruisey Williams-Dodd and he is unbelievably cute too. Although he looks so tiny and the audience were so loud, he really did take it all in his stride. Rufus, Paulettes dog, was also a real dog, played by Harry.
There are lots of quick and slick set changes, with the majority of the changes being back drops and no time wasted with stagehands bringing on props. So the audience are transported from Paulette’s salon to a court of law, to a park almost seamlessly.
Legally Blonde The Musical left me with a massive cheesy grin on my face and a feeling of euphoria that only a great musical comedy can give. Surprisingly good, this really is a joy from start to finish and well deserved the standing ovation from last nights audience.
Check out Legally Blonde the Musical until Saturday 26th May at New Alexandra Theatre. Tickets here: atgtickets.com/venues/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/
This isn’t a sponsored post. Featured photos by Robert Workman originally appeared as a Gay Times exclusive here. #BrumHour was invited to see Legally Blonde The Musical by New Alexandra Theatre.
Julie blogs as RedandGoldWeb here: redandgoldweb.wordpress.com