Reviewed by Emma Legge
If you mention Legally Blonde to (mostly) women in their 30’s immediately they will think of the iconic film of 2001 starring Reece Witherspoon. With her long blonde hair, Chihuahua in hand and penchant for pink, homecoming queen Elle Woods never looked like your serious law applicant. But when she leaves UCLA for Harvard to win back her man, she discovers she’s capable of winning so much more; not just cases and legal arguments, but the respect of her fellow students, professors and friends, proving there’s more to Elle than being ‘Legally Blonde’. The original story line is based on a similar experience by novelist Amanda Brown, adapted for the screen in 2001 and bought to the Broadway stage in 2007.
I’m a huge musical fan and this one has long been on my ‘bucket list.’ and I’m proud to say on the list of my 15-year-old daughter who despite being born in the year the film was first released, has grown up loving the film and no major knee surgery was going to stop her getting there last night! We were about to find out if Wolverhampton Grand could cope with a teen who can’t walk and if laughter really is the best medicine!
I have to mention the staff of The Grand at this point as we had called to say we were going to be bringing a wheelchair and could we have an end seat but we’d forgotten to say which end we needed as Sophie can’t bend her left leg… of course our seats were on the right! We really felt like nothing was too much trouble for them, they moved our seats for us and looked after us throughout, checking at the beginning and in the interval that we were ok plus gave us assistance getting out at the end.
Now onto the doctor’s orders of plenty of laughter… we really couldn’t have chosen a better musical to watch. The show stars Rita Simmons as Paulette, best known for playing Roxy Mitchell in EastEnder’s, Lucie Jones as Elle Woods, Lucie represented the UK in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, and the very recognisable Bill Ward as Professor Callaghan, Bill has been in many television shows but is probably best known as Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street. Then actors that are definitely worthy of a mention is David Barrett who plays Emmett so wonderfully and Laura Harrison who’s singing voice particularly in her parts at the end really stole the show. Sophie and I both felt that the casting of all the roles was superbly done.
Now on to the show itself, full of cheesiness, silliness and a fabulous musical score. The show was fast paced and had us both hooked from the very start. We laughed our socks off at how an entire audience can impromptu all ‘ahh’ and ‘oooh’ the moment 2 dogs come on to stage – ’Rufus’ and ‘Bruiser’ were the real show stoppers of the night and probably induced the most laughs particularly when Rufus ‘mounted’ the UPS guy! The storyline was very close to that of the film and I feel it has been adapted for the musical stage beautifully. It’s a fairly long show but didn’t feel it at all, with every scene being full of fun and song.
This show is the ultimate feel good musical with plenty of laugh out loud moments and I would really recommend it to all l overs of Legally Blonde—I think it’s even better than the film!
Tickets cost from £19.50 to £44.50 (booking fees may apply).
Legally Blonde the muscal is at the Woverhampton Grand Theatre from 7-11 November 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.grandtheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01902 429 212.
The Grand Theatre Wolverhampton, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE