Monday, 27 August 2012

Bye Bye Cardiff, Hello Birmingham

After a fantastic 2 weeks in Cardiff, Faye and the rest of the Legally Blonde gang make a return trip to Birmingham.

@ElleWoodsOnTour Had an awesome 2 weeks #CardiffMilleniumCentre! Off back to my roots to see my brother. Have a good one LB lot x

The current stint at the New Alexandra Theatre runs from Tuesday 28th August to Saturday 1st September and you can book tickets by clicking on the link below.


In the meantime enjoy this review written by Tom Roberts who saw the show during it's first trip to Birmingham last October.

Legally Blonde Review
Birmingham - October 2011

Thanks to the stratospheric success of Glee it would be easy to think that Legally Blonde is another one in the line of teeth dazzling, pom pom waving, teen angst musicals that have sprung up in its sickly sweet wake.

Indeed, it would have been hard to cram more pink into the theatre foyer. Just like the cutesy dogs it features, however, this show has pedigree and hot on the heels of its West End acclaim, it seems likely to repeat its pulling power on tour.

Legally Blonde began life as a 2001 movie, starring Reese Witherspoon as Elle - the all American girl who seeks to win back her boyfriend’s affections by becoming a lawyer at the esteemed University of Harvard - thus proving she has brains as well as well as veneered teeth and great legs.

The story and characters were ripe for a musical version and, unsurprisingly, the stage version premiered on Broadway in 2007.

Plot wise, it all fairly simple. Nice, home town girl falls in love with dreamboat sweetheart. He dumps her. She vows to win him back by ‘bettering herself’ at Amerca’s top law school. Cue an assortment of characters - the reliable friend, the tough talking Senior Professor, the bitchy classmates, the lesbian (random, I know, but represented nethertheless ) and a parcel delivery man with an impressive package. Read into that what you will.

There are, of course, twists and turns in the story as Elle discovers more about who she really is and discovers new horizons on her judicial journey.

A generally impressive cast reveals some stand out performances. Faye Brookes is faultless as the eponymous blonde, Elle Woods, physically perfect and genuinely engaging throughout. Iwan Lewis shines as Elle’s secret admirer, Emmett Forest and Dave Willetts gives an an air of measured authority amidst his excitable students as Professor Callahan. The biggest laugh of the evening ‘sprung’ from Lewis Griffiths as Kyle - a UPS delivery man in no doubt of his sexuality.

A musical is only as good as its songs and there are plenty to choose from here. Most are appropriately high energy and sugar coated company numbers such as What You Want and Whipped Into Shape . Others , like Blood in The Water take on a darker tone. Gay or European? is a question many of us have asked and emerges here as if from nowhere. Funny and gloriously non pc, nonetheless.

Legally Blonde is what it says on the tin. A feel good , roller coaster of a show packed full of beautiful people, cute dogs and more pink than you can shake a stick at. Catch it while you can.

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