Reviewed by Catherine Brown
The hilarious and heart-warming ‘Legally Blonde’ is currently at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent as part of a national tour. The fun musical comedy, which doesn’t take itself too seriously, has extremes of pink and ditzy combined with more subtle messages about sexism and prejudice.
Based on the popular 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, ‘Legally Blonde’ originally came from a novel by Amanda Brown. It tells the story of American sorority girl Elle Woods (played by Lucie Jones) who attempts to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner by getting a law degree. More known for her love of everything pink and her Chihuahua ‘Bruiser’, Elle surprises everyone to show that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
It was great to see that the script includes lots of lines from the original film, along with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin. The show is full of catchy tunes and comedic moments while also demonstrating how we should make choices for ourselves rather than being guided by others. Throughout the night the talented cast demonstrated tremendous energy – particularly during a tricky scene involving illuminated skipping ropes.
My favourite character was Emmett Forrest, played by David Barrett, who encouraged Elle to believe she has every right to be taken seriously. Some of the funniest lines came from Rita Simmons, playing salon owner Paulette – although the biggest giggle from the audience was for her dog Rufus, who appeared to be a reluctant cast member. Although a little understanding of the American university and law system was required, help came in a simple glossary as part of the programme.
The Regent Theatre is in the Hanley area of the city, which is easy to get to with plenty of nearby parking. As always, the staff were warm and welcoming and we had a great view from the circle seats. The piano bar is a perfect place to have pre-show or interval drinks, while the main foyer also stocks a variety of refreshments.
While finding some of the characters and lines a little ‘too blonde’ for my liking, I would still give this show a 4/5 rating.
Tickets cost from £15 to £45.50 (booking fees may apply).
Legally Blonde the Musical is at the Regent Theatre in Stoke from 12-17 March 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/regent-theatre or call the box office on 0844 871 7649.
Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 1AP | 0844 871 7649