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Legally Blonde The Musical

publication date: Dec 21, 2009
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author/source: Anne Coates
Duncan James and Sheridan Smith in Legally Blonde I must confess – I am not a great fan of musical theatre but I booked tickets for a preview of Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre in London as my daughter loves the Legally Blonde films. Little did I know it but we were in for a real treat!

Sheridan Smith, who was in the first film but I recognised her from Love Soup and Gavin & Stacey, plays Elle Woods who sets out to impress her intellectual, high-flying boyfriend Warner Huntington III (Duncan James) by managing to get into Harvard Law School. Sheridan is simply fantastic and there seemed to be a collective sigh in the audience each time Duncan, of boy band Blue fame, stepped out onto the stage. His character was nicely contrasted by Alex Gaumond – Emmett Forrest the graduate student who helps and falls in love with Elle.

In fact all the cast are excellent from Peter Davison – Professor Callahan – performing in his first musical to Jill Halfpenny who has many West End credits as well as acting in both Eastenders and Coronation Street – and boy does she have an amazingly powerful singing voice!

The whole production is vibrant and joyful with everyone in the cast looking as though they are enjoying every minute of it, including the dogs who were applauded at every entrance.

As I said I'm not particularly a fan of musicals – Oiiver! and Mama Mia being the exceptions – but for me Legally Blonde is on a par with Mama Mia! I would really recommend this show as a truly uplifting experience.

Legally Blonde is currently booking until May 2010 – box office  0844 871 7687

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