“ Genre: Musical / Address: The Savoy Theatre / Strand / London / WC2R 0ET „
For years I had wanted to see this show but never got round to going. When I found out it was going on tour I realised if I didn't go soon I could miss out altogether. I chose to see it in September last year at the Manchester Opera House.
Legally Blonde is based on the book written by Amanda Brown and the film which stars Reese Witherspoon of the same name. The musical began on Broadway in April 2007 and started at the West End in January 2010. It won three Laurence Olivier Awards, one of which was "Best New Musical". In 2011 and 2012 it went on tour across the UK.
The story follows a fun and bubbly girl Elle Woods who absolutely loves pink. After her boyfriend broke up with her because she was not "Serious" enough, she follows him to Harvard Law School to prove him wrong.
After being accepted into Harvard by an unique personal essay she discovers an enemy Vivienne, who much to Elle's disgust is Warner's (Elle's ex) girlfriend.
Elle has difficulties showing her knowledge as people judge her by her pink and girly look but she is soon reassured by a friend at a local hair salon.
She is soon reassured that you can have brains and beauty and with the help of her friends tries to win a legal case for a former Delta Nu, Brooke, who she believed was wrongly imprisoned.
The cast I saw included Faye Brookes as Elle who was perfect for the role. Gareth Gates as Warner and Jennifer Ellison as Paulette (the salon worker).
The music is fantastic and makes you want to sing and dance. It fits perfectly into the story and really makes the musical fun to watch. Some of my favourite songs are "Omigod You Guys" and "So Much Better".
The dancing has various styles which includes Irish dancing during "Legally Blonde Remix". These are choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.
The show has many different settings of which include, the Harvard law campus, delta Nu house, Elles home of south California and her very pink room at Harvard. These change regularly and seamlessly.
The look and costumes of the show are important and predictably mostly pink. It is Elles favorite colour!
I absolutely loved the show and if I had the chance to go again I would. Although it is not on tour in the UK at the moment I have watched it on YouTube again and again, and of course bought the CD. I highly recommend people to watch this if they have seen the film as it is even better. So much better than before!
This is the musical adaptation of the 2001 comedy film Legally Blonde staring Reese Witherspoon, who stars as the lead character, blonde lawyer-to-be Elle Woods.
Quick plot summery time without giving too much away - I hope! Elle Woods our hero, is you typical L.A. ditsy blonde who lives in a very pink world. She is head over heels in love with boyfriend Warner and thinks a proposal is on the cards. Little does she know but Warner decides it's time to get serious eyeing up a career in law and politics and decides Elle doesn't quite fit the role of future wife. So Warner heads off to Harvard to train to become a lawyer. Elle is naturally heartbroken and vows to win him over by following him and enrolling on the law course, which isn't a smooth ride. She is so determined she misses out on all the usual parties she goes to and study's hard and eventually realises her goal and gains a place at Harvard. Life at college is hard and Elle has to put up with a lot of anti-blonde stereotypes, but through sheer true grit and determination and with a little help by new found friend and slightly geeky guy Emmet, and an unlikely friend in Paulette the hairdresser overcomes adversity and triumphs in a big court case involving an ex fitness star. Sprinkle this with a little bit of sexual harassment from her tutor and the eventual happy ending and you have a fabulous story.
So how does this translate into a musical, well its big, bright and in your face from the word go. The music is great and ranging from the comedic songs such as "serious" to the heart wrenching balladry powerhouse "Ireland" which is sung by Paulette the hairdresser. The music is general musical fayre, but in a good way. There are proper toe tapping numbers which are crowd pleasers but all the songs are of a high quality and I can't remember disliking any of them, which for me is unusual.
The Savoy Theatre stage isn't the biggest, and the set therefore isn't vast. Saying that though it is staged well and it is a visually feast for the eyes, though generally in a shade of pink with added glitter thrown in.
I must admit I did see it a while ago when Sheridan Smith was Elle and Richard Fleeshman was Warner. Both as well as the whole cast put in a great performance, and looking at theatre forums online, the current cast are continuing the strong performances that there has been throughout all of this run.
On its first outing on Broadway it didn't do as well, but it seems to have found a comfortable home over here. It is playing at the Savoy Theatre, which can be found right outside the main entrance of the Savoy Hotel on The Strand. It's a nice little theatre but the entrance can get very crowded before the show starts. Tickets range from £29-£65, but her are deals to be had online, at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square and on the day at the Theatre itself, so shop around. The shows website is http://www.legallyblondethemusical.co.uk. Nearest train and tube is Charring Cross and Embankment.
Go and see this show, though be prepared for the pinkness!
OK mega update on this review... in fact I've completely redone it!
'Oh my God you guys!' I've seen Legally Blonde the musical twice now and have already booked to see it again! Most people are already familiar with the 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon and while the theatre production is true to the story, the music adds another dimension to the feel good film.
=== The story ===
Elle Woods, a Fashion major and pink-loving sorority girl is dumped by her rich, Harvard accepted boyfriend for not being 'serious' enough on the night she thinks he is going to propose. Heartbroken Elle decides to apply to Harvard and win back her man (with the help of her Greek Chorus!). At first ridiculed by her class mates, Elle decides to 'get serious' and emerges herself into her law course, realising that California blondes who love pink and clothes can also become successful lawyers.
=== The cast ===
Wow, the cast! One of the big draws of the show is the celebrity names. Sheridan Smith (Two Pints of Lager) is in the lead role as Elle and does a wonderful job of capturing the fun-loving side of the character whilst keeping the character vulnerable and really likeable. Sheridan has been nominated for tonnes of 'Best Actress in a Musical' awards in the past couple of years for the role including the Evening Standard Awards, Broadway Awards and went on to win the Variety Club award and Cosmo Award.
I have now seen Duncan James and Richard Fleeshman in the role of Warner who were both good, but nothing special enough for a decent mention. The role isn't a particular exciting, funny or endearing one but they both did a good job of looking smug and rich. Jill Halfpenny, however, is completely memorable as hairdresser Paulette who befriends Elle in Boston. She has great comic timing and I can't see how Denise Van Outen will live up to her in the role now that she has taken it over. I might come back and update this review once I've seen her! Susan McFadden (sister of Westlife's Brian) plays Serena, Elle's sorority friend and member of the Greek Chorus. She has an excellent voice and one of the more realistic American accents. Caroline Keiff was just wonderful in the role of Vivienne, fresh from playing Nessa Rose in Wicked, however she has now been replaced by Siobhan Dillon (from Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria'). Brooke is played by Aoife Mullholland (from the same ALW show!) - a client who Elle's Professor Callaghan is hired to defend when she is accused of murdering her husband.
=== The songs ===
Sheridan, as Elle, sings in 16 of the 18 songs in the show which, for someone who wasn't previously known for her singing, is quite impressive. Although her American accent is not the best I've heard, she has a lovely voice and a really vulnerable quality to it. The fact that they have produced an Original London Cast recording of the songs with her singing most of the songs on the CD shows how talented she is.
The show kicks off with 'Omigod You Guys' which is sung by Elle and her sorority sisters as she prepares for her date where she thinks her boyfriend Warner will propose to her. It's an over the top feel good song which will have you singing along by the end and even as you leave the theatre! Other notable songs include Ireland which is sung by Paulette. She talks about her love of the country Ireland, the wonderful men who live there and the leprechauns! It has the audience in hysterics by the end and is a real highlight. Whipped Into Shape is sung by Brooke who sings while she and other prison inmates dance with skipping ropes. (For anyone who has read my other reviews, this is where my desire to skip came from!) It's a fantastic scene and shows what a talented cast they are. It is perfectly timed and wonderfully choreographed even though the song is just average! Legally Blonde, sung by Elle, is the signature song with a remix of it also sung later on. It's a ballad which is quite a difference from the up-beat fun songs which make up the bulk of the soundtrack. Sheridan does a great job of the song and it's really quite emotional! I couldn't finish this section without giving a mention to the fantastic song 'Gay or European' which is sung by the majority of the cast in the courtroom while the pool boy is giving evidence in Brooke's trial. I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but it's unforgettable and oh so camp!
=== Why it's so good ===
Sheridan is just a fantastic Elle, but the whole cast really make it. I've seen a couple of the understudies and they really are as good as the leads. I know there is already a campaign to get Amy Lennox (understudy Elle) the lead once Sheridan leaves in January. The songs are just wonderful as previously mentioned, leaving the audience in fits of laughter and still singing them when they leave the theatre. The mailman's arrival has all the ladies whistling and the bend and snap scene is just as good as it is in the movie. Bruiser Woods, Elle's dog, is one of the stars of the show. They alternate between a couple of little Chihuahuas and they are so well behaved and get a fantastic reception from the audience. Sheridan Smith works so well with the dogs and really replicates the relationship in the film version.
=== The Venue ===
Legally Blonde is showing at The Savoy Theatre on the Strand, which is within easy walking distance of Embankment, Covent Garden and Leicester Square tube stations and lots of restaurants and bars. It's very central in London but has the added benefit of being slightly out of the way of many other theatres meaning that the restaurants in the area aren't as busy beforehand. It's a great location but the theatre itself is not particularly attractive from the outside. It is set back from the road and is often covered in scaffolding. I went to see Carousel over two years ago at the Savoy and assumed the scaffolding was a work in progress but years on it hasn't changed!
The interior isn't one of the best theatres I've seen but is very functional with a decent lay out where most seats have a good view of the stage. The set is good and the bars and toilets don't get as busy as many other theatres in London.
=== Tickets and prices ===
Tickets for Legally Blonde: The Musical are currently on sale until October 2011. Premium tickets can sell for extortionate prices but it's possible to find tickets for a really reasonable price on lastminute.com and various other websites. Last time I went I found tickets for £15 (obviously you get what you pay for - they were towards the back) and the first time we paid £40 for really good seats in the stalls. At the moment it's quite expensive heading up to Christmas but tickets vary in price between £26 - £86. Lastminute.com currently have a theatre and dinner deal for £30 at the moment which appears to the be the best value offer.
=== Overall ===
Overall, I think it's one of the best shows in London with one of the best casts. I would recommend it to anyone but mainly the target group of young females who enjoyed the movie. There are always lots of large groups of teenagers wearing pink and hen parties who always seem to have a good time! I know that this is one of the shows that people go back to see over and over again - I think I'm one of them!
Summary: A great night out - 10/10
I am a massive fan of both of the Legally Blonde movies starring Reese Witherspoon, so when i heard they where doing a musical i was soooo excited!! However, as with all new plays/musicals it was only showing in londons west end. And living up in Birmingham with a limited budget i figured it would take several years until the musical toured the uk and i would finally get a chance to see it :(
So im sure you can imagine my excitment when back in March my mate decided she wanted to go and see it with a group of mates as a part of her birthday celebrations!!! Not only was i going to see legally blonde: the musical, but it was also my first trip to London!!
The musical is shown at the Savoy Theatre located on The Strand in Londons West End. The theatre was easy to find as it was located a few minutes away from Charring Cross/Embankment tube stations
and was very well sign posted. However, the theatre itself didnt look that impressive compared to some of the others we walked past as there was alot of scaffolding outside and it was hidden a little bit from the street. As i said i've never even been to london before never mind the west end so maybe it was just unlucky they where building at the time that i went.
Elle Woods - Sheridan Smith
Warner Huntington iii - Duncan James
Emmet Forrest - Alex Gaumond
Proffessor Callahan - Peter Davidson
Paulette Bonufonte - Jill halfpenny
Brooke Windham - Aoife Mulholland
Vivienne Kensington - Caroline Keiff
Serena - Susan Mcfadden
Bruiser - Jojo, Pongo or Bruiser.
When i was booking the prices ranged from £20 to £80 depending on where you where sitting and which showing you where going to. i paid £40 for a seat in the dress circle for a 7:30pm showing on a weeknight. tickets are available from several websites including:
The main plot of the musical is pretty much exactly the same as the first film. it tells the story of Elle Woods (sheridan smith), a girl who loves all things pretty and pink. After graduating high school Elle thinks her teenage sweetheart Warner (duncan james), is going to propose instead he dumps her claiming shes not serious enough to be his girlfriend whilst he goes to harvard to study for his law degree!! Heartbroken elle decides not to give up on her true love and decides to follow warner to harvard law school to prove blondes have brains too. Along the way Elle makes enemies in Warners new love Vivienne, new friends in beauty therapist Paulette as well as a possible new love in the clever yet cute Emmet. And being a musical all of this is of course accompanied by very OTT singing and dancing!!
~What I Thought~
Well as ive said ive never seen a West End show before so i didnt really know what to expect, but i was not disapointed in the slightest!!! the plot stuck pretty much exactly to the movies which i thought was good because why change something that works so well? everything from the costumes, dancing, singing and acting was amazing. everyone in the theatre couldnt help but sing and laugh the whole way through. whilst you might think the musical is strictly for young girls i would have to disagree, the audience was made up of both men and women of all ages and is a real family show which can be enjoyed by everyone.
i was also impressed by the amazing range of merchandise available including legally blonde tracksuits, t-shirts and even a toy bruiser!! these where however very expensive but i suppose that is to be expected. my budget would only stretch to a programme (£7.00). but it was a great little reminder of my day out and includes loads of colourful pictures of the show.
i would highly recommend this show to anyone who like musical theatre . it is suitable for all ages and would be a great day out for either families or groups of friends.
i challenge anyone to watch this show and not leave with a huge grin on their face as me and my friends did. and meeting the dogs that played bruiser leaving through the stage door was a real bonus aswell :D
I went to see this with my boyfriend who moaned and complained pretty much all the way about how it would be too girly and boring and pink etc but we both really enjoyed it.
The story follows that of the film which I am sure most people reading this will know but basically, Elle Woods thinks her boyfriend Warner is going to propose but he actually dumps her because she isn't serious and he is going to Harvard Law School to find an educated wife. Elle sees this as a challege and works really hard to get into Havard to prove to Warner that she isn't just about sororities and girly things, but she is serious and intelligent too. She gets there, steals the show, becomes an awesome laywer and doesn't even need Warner in the end.
The acting was really good and Sheriden Smith was amazing. Duncan James wasn't in it the day we went but the understoody was good. There were actually a lot of understoodies playing when I went, which wasn't told to us until I bought a programme and it was inside there on a little slip of paper. Luckilly Sheriden and Jill Halfpenny (the people I was most bothered about) were playing so I wasn't too dissapointed.
The songs were awesome, they were catchy, fun, well performed... The lyrics were in the most funny and easy to hear and the dances were all amazing and because of these I could watch it again and again. I would have bought the soundtrack but I didnt have enough money (The programme was £7 and the CD £14). The playlist is available on spotify though.
The theatre was the Savoy on the strand and it was easy to get to and the seats were comfortable. We booked our seats online and paid £43 for 2 upper circle seats. These were absolutely fine to be honest but no one sat in front of us and we were dead centre. I think ambassador tickets picks the best seats left for you when you book. I think you can book on the day but none of the half price ticket booths had deals on Legally Blonde so I think it is rather fixed price.
We BOTH had a brilliant time and really enjoyed ourselves. The music was amazing, we fell in love with the UPS man and for £43 I really really reccomend going.
My sister and brother in law had seen Legally Blonde on Broadway a few years ago and been raving about it so I was really excited when it finally arrived in the West End last year and booked tickets to go and see it.
We went early in December and I think the show had only been open a week or so, so I think that the few little issues there were have since been ironed out.
It is at the Savoy Theatre which is a nice cosy theatre. We were sat in the stalls near the front which were really good seats.
I am sure most people will have seen the movie Legally Blonde and the musical follows pretty much the same storyline so movie fans won't be disappointed. The star of the show is Elle Woods who is a typical blonde into fashion and fun, but receives a wake up call when her boyfriend Warner dumps her because he wants someone 'serious'. She manages to get into Harvard Law School where he is going, and attempts to try to win his affections back as well as struggling with law school and trials.
Sheriden Smith plays Elle and was absolutely fantastic. She is probably best well known for being in 'Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps'. Her singing voice was amazing and she was extremely funny but really got the audience to relate to her character.
Warner is played by Duncan James and he was good and really suited the suave part he was playing.
Jill Halfpenny (Eastenders) was great as Paulette, and Aoife Mulholland who some may recognise from the TV Show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? was brilliant as the fitness instructor Brooke.
The show is extremely funny and had the audience in stitches throughout. The 18 songs are all very catchy and it is well worth buying the CD as it is a real sing-a-long musical! The sets and costumes are what you would imagine from Legally Blonde. There are 2 dogs in it as well who play Bruiser and Rufus and were very cute, although when we saw it Bruiser wasn't very obedient!
All in all a great show that girls will love as many would expect, but even the men in the audience were laughing and having a great time.
I was a very lucky girl last Christmas, my best friend got tickets for us both to go and see Legally Blonde The Musical!
I love going to see shows and having recently seen Billy Elliott and Blood Brothers I was not expecting to rate this show quite as highly but was really looking forward to seeing it as Legally Blonde is one of my favourite films and I guessed the musical would be good fun too. My best friend will happily (and very sadly) admit that the main reason she wanted to see it was to Duncan James!
We travelled to the Savoy Theatre at the start of February on a Saturday for the matinee performance. Our seats were in the upper circle and we had to wait for 10 minutes outside the theatre before we could go in. The show has a huge glittery 'legally Blonde The Musical' sign hanging outside the Savoy and there are life size pictures of the shows stars up along where you wait and lots of people were taking photos of themselves alongside them.
When we got inside we found our seats in the upper circle and I must admit I did find it a bit freaky! It is very, very high up and vertical and I would not recommend getting seats there if you don't like heights! Great view of the show though and I soon got used to it!
I purchased a programme for the show for £6 which I think is a very reasonable price as I have paid a lot more for one before. I would definitely recommend getting one if you go as it has a very good layout with all the usual photos, cast information, musical schedule along with a section on US terminology, famous quotes about and by women and information on Harvard Law School.
Legally Blonde is the story of Elle Woods a beautiful blonde homecoming queen who lives in a Sorority House with her ditzy best friends. When Elle is dumped by her boyfriend Warner as she is not 'serious' enough she decides to get in Harvard too to win him back. The show follows the films really well and does not miss out anything important it just has loads of fabulous songs thrown in and maybe even more funny moments.
Elle is played by Sheridan Smith who is currently on TV in Jonathan Creek but is probably more well for from Two Pint of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. Sheridan is perfect for the role of Elle, she has an amazing voice and pulls off a very good American accent. I have just found out from the Legally Blonde website that Sheridan sings in 16 of the 18 songs in the show and has 19 costume changes which is pretty impressive.
Warner is played by Duncan James who also does brilliantly this show but he probably is not in it as much as his fans would like. I am one of the few ladies that does not fancy him at all so I am not just saying he is good when he isn't like my best friend would!
Peter Davison (All Creatures Great and Small, Doctor Who) plays Professor Callahan, the sleazy proffessor Elle and Warner win an internship with.
My favourite character in the show is Paulette, Elles beautician and new friend. She is played by Jill Halfpenny (Strictly Come Dancing, Eastenders) who is absolutely hilarious in this role and sings one of my favorite songs from the show 'Ireland' which is both hilariously funny and moving at the same time.
The whole cast of this show are as colourful as their outfits, the American accents were brilliant, there are countless funny moments along with some very moving ones too plus it is filled with 18 very catchy songs that stick in your head long after you hear them. There are two real dogs in this musical and there was lots of 'awwwwwing' from the audience whenever the dogs that played Bruiser and Rufus were on stage.
After the show some of the cast were outside the Savoy Theatre signing programmes. I got mine signed by Jill Halfpenny and the man that plays the USPS Guy and they were both really friendly.
Legally Blonde is definitely a musical I would recommend it was a refreshing change to some of the more emotional shows I have seen in the past and would be a great girly day out but I also know that my husband would have really enjoyed it and found it very funny too and I will be going to see it with him in the future as I enjoyed it so much.
Tickets are available from ticketmaster for the following times and prices:
Mon-Fri: £20, £30, £40, £60
Sat/Sun: £22.50, £32.50, £42.50, £62.50
If you want more information about this musical the website is really good. You can watch video clips, view photos, read about the cast and much more http://www.legallyblondethemusical.co.uk