Review Round Up - Legally Blonde The Musical
American teen musicals are thriving right now and providing audiences with exactly what they need, feel-good, uplifting, girl power performances; the Tony-nominated Mean Girls the Musical has been receiving critical acclaim on Broadway since it's opening in October and Legally Blonde The Musical writer Laurence O'Keefe's Heathers the Musical, has recently opened on the West End at Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Other Palace to a monumental buzz! So it is clear to see that audiences have a palette for energetic, youthful musicals utilising a strong female protagonist and the Legally Blonde The Musical National Tour 17/18 is no exception.
Having opened on Broadway in April 2007, Sheridan Smith then starred in the West End opening of it at the Savoy Theatre in 2010 and now on its second national tour of the UK Legally Blonde continues to thrill audiences! Based on the 2001 movie of the same name, starring Reese Witherspoon, the plot follows Elle Woods, a pink-loving, sorority girl who finds her identity and manages to stay true to herself whilst chasing the man she believes to be the love of her life all the way to Harvard Law School, all after he refuses to propose. To read more about the show and its meaningful message of female empowerment click here to read our prior blog post.
But for now let the critics do the talking...
'The New Wimbledon Theatre is a flurry of pink this week with Legally Blonde the Musical. Don't miss it - the ultimate feel-good musical with incredible dance routines, a fab soundtrack, and glitter aplenty!'
- Time and Leisure Magazine
'This production... matches the brightness with their energy, effervescent infectious zest and apparent love for the production. Particular highlights included Omigod You Guys, Bend and Snap and Gay or European... Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe's lyrics and music are clever and irresistibly catchy.'
'Lucie Jones, as Elle has a beautiful voice and acted the role brilliantly. Jones performed with both humour and emotion. She had excellent chemistry with David Barrett as Emmett Forrest, who was both lovable and funny. ...while Liam Doyle was suitably slimy and chauvinistic as Warner Huntington III... As Professor Callahan, Bill Ward, delivered us his best 'baddie' and was heartily rewarded, even receiving a few boos when taking his bows.'
'Rita Simons as beautician and Elle's best friend Paulette... completely stole the limelight in her major scenes. Her on point accent and precision comic timing, along with her power house voice was incredible... Simons, rightly, received huge applause at the end of the show.'
- Caroline Hanks-Farmer, Carns Theatre Passion
'...there are two cute dogs, a terrific skipping rope dance routine led by Helen Petrovna, a pas de deux in tights by two camp men, and an Irish dance number the Lord of the Dance himself would admire.'
'...it is loud, brash, frequently very funny and has the sexiest chorus line to die for.'
- William Russell, Reviews Gate
'... a light-hearted and exuberant show like Legally Blonde is sometimes the perfect antidote.'
'Lucie Jones is suitably ditzy and warm, with a powerful and clear voice... she has great energy and charm.'
'Rita Simons is a revelation as brassy salon owner Paulette Bonafont; she has such sharp timing and is the funniest cast member by far. Her singing voice is also incredibly strong and clear; her belting rendition of "Ireland" is fantastic.'
'The hard-working ensemble show high energy and precision, especially with Antony Williams' slick choreography. Fitness instructor Brooke Wyndam is played by a seemingly tireless Helen Petrovna and her exhausting skipping rope work-out is particularly impressive, not just for its dexterity, but how she manages to perform it and not stumble for breath at all.'
'David Barrett is on strong form as Elle's sidekick Emmett Richmond. He has a depth and sincerity to his vocals and he is generally very endearing.'
- Aliyah Al-Hassan, Broadway World UK
'...the cast have this show down to a fine art and had the audience singing and cheering along last night.'
'The energy from the whole cast was there from the very start of the show with firm classic songs including OMIGOD You Guys and Bend and Snap. Everyone was captured by the colourful sets and energetic dance routines.'
- Box Office Bloggers
'The enormous cast of over twenty (including dogs) is phenomenal.'
'The ensemble really shines, with showstopping dance numbers, including a jaw-dropping skip-rope routine with exercise queen Brooke Wyndham (Helen Petrovna).'
'The entire audience was on their feet long before the encore Legally Blonde megamix, with the entire cast dressed in glittery pink Harvard graduation outfits.'
- The Prickle
'The music, by Laurence O'Keefe, who also composed the score for Heathers, is catchy and lyrically hilarious...'
'Lucie Jones as the heroine Elle Woods is vocally superb...'
- The Sweet London Life
'So Legally Blonde was an absolute delight! The cast had so much ENERGY & I was LIVING!'
- Perry O'Bree
It's time to get serious! This smash-hit, bubblegum pink Legally Blonde The Musical runs until Saturday 23 June, so there is still a bit of time to Bend and Snap up a ticket.