It’s been a few years since I saw the film Legally Blonde but I remembered loving it so jumped at the chance to go to see Legally Blonde the Musical
I’m not a regular theatre goer (unless you count the annual pantomime and occasional trip to London) so this won’t be the most high brow review you’ve ever read, but regular readers will appreciate my less than newspaper worthy style I am sure…
The show was put on by TWODS, Tunbridge Wells Operatic and Dramatic Society
I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect from an am dram show but I have to say I was blown away. The cast was fab, the singing, dancing even both at the same time – try skipping and singing at the same time, I dare you!
Based on the 2001 film, Legally Blonde, the stage show is pretty much the same so you know what you are going to get.
It’s your usual tale of air-head blonde gets dumped, attempts to win boy back by going to the same law school, is sexually harassed and sacked by boss, turns out to be a pretty awesome lawyer in her own right, finds decent bloke. A feminist masterpiece for sure!
The lead role of Elle, played by Becky Histead, who rivals Reece Witherspoon in my humble opinion *shock horror*, is likable from the get-go, and her “Greek chorus” are the sort of friends any girl would be glad to have.
The scenes were stolen however by hairdresser Paulette, played by Cheryl Storer
She was an absolute joy to watch. A hilarious confidante with Elle’s best interests at heart, I’m glad she found her very own UPS leprechaun (if you know, you know)! Her only rivals on stage were of the four legged variety!
The show had just the right smattering of smut. There were a few awkward questions being asked by pre-teens of their parents in the interval which made me chuckle.
By far the best scene in Legally Blonde the Musical was “Gay or European” which brought the house down
Proof, if proof be needed, that you can “out” a gay man simply by performing a fabulous “Bend and Snap”. This was just about the most camp performance I have seen in a long while and I saw Danny Beard recently!!!
The scene changes must surely get a mention – very cleverly done. Especially changing a court room into a bathroom with the judge sitting on the loo (you’ll have to go to find out what I mean)
A shout out also to the orchestra for the fantastic music. I always wonder how they manage it sitting down there.
Legally Blonde is at Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Kent until Saturday 11th May, grab your tickets by clicking here
TWODS next musical at Assembly Hall Theatre is Made in Dagenham which is running 26th to 30th November – I’m looking forward to it already!
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*we were given tickets in exchange for this review