Review: Legally Blonde

PUBLISHED: 17:37 20 July 2011

Legally Blonde - credit Ellie Kurtz

Legally Blonde - credit Ellie Kurtz

Ellie Kurttz

A FEEL good entertainment-packed show delighted audiences at the Bristol premiere of Legally Blonde last night (Tues).

The West End and Broadway sensation and winner of Best New Musical in this year’s prestigious Olivier Awards, was full of excellent and ever-changing backdrops and costumes which certainly impressed me.

The show opened with the loud and exhilarating ‘Omigod You Guys’ song from fabulous heroine Elle Woods, played by Faye Brookes, and she was joined by her sorority buddies.

Based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, this critically-acclaimed new musical was created by a top-class creative team, led by Tony Award-winning director and Olivier Award-nominated choreographer, Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray).

After being dumped by her boyfriend, Warner Huntington the third, played by Neil Toon, college sweetheart and homecoming queen, Elle, decided not to take no for an answer.

The pink-loving fashion queen put down the credit card, hit the books and headed for Harvard Law School, accompanied by her loveable Chihuahua, Bruiser.

Along the way she met sweet Emmett Forrest, played by Iwan Lewis, who helped her study and gave her the confidence in her studies she so badly needed.

Despite run-ins with Warner’s girlfriend, and a spot of bother with letchy professor Callahan, Elle comes out on top – but with which man on her arm?

This show really was an all singing, all dancing, feel-good musical comedy and was enjoyed by MEN and women!

There were many laugh-out-loud scenes, including a few with hunky delivery guy Dewey, who catches the eye of Elle’s hairdresser Paulette – better known as Liz McClarnon from Atomic Kitten.

The American accents were perfect, the facial expression and jokes in songs proved very entertaining and plenty of thought had gone into the costumes.

The Legally Blonde cast and production crew do not do things by halves!

The musical will be staged at The Bristol Hippodrome until August 6 – so you should like so totally book up now.

Tickets, priced £18.50-59.50, are available from the box office on 0844 8472325 or via www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk

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