Legally Blonde – The Musical tells the story of Elle Woods and her passion to prove her love to Warner Huntington III. When Warner breaks up with Elle, she decides the only way to mend her broken heart is to become more serious and go to Harvard Law School in order to win back his heart. After working hard and meeting new friends, Elle realises Warner is not the man for her and instead realises her true feelings for Emmett. This is a happy ending show, where everyone, except Warner, finds happiness through love or their career.
I was very excited to see this show, performed by Stickman Productions, as I thoroughly enjoyed their production of 9 to 5 The Musical last year. Friends have also raved about this production from seeing it on opening night, so I was keen to see how the company would bring this production to the stage in their own way.
They certainly did not disappoint!
Whole cast numbers were loud, had an abundance of energy and the choreography was slick and clearly well-rehearsed. The costumes worked for the show and clever details, such as the same dress and accessories, just changing the colour, were effective (such as Serena’s costumes).
The 13-piece orchestra, under the direction of Sam Dando, were just brilliant and, although no room on stage for them, we did get to applaud them at the end with the Company’s tribute to those behind the scenes with their video link – which I thought was a lovely touch!
Elle, played by Eliza Joy, was a strong leading lady, with a very big part to learn. She has a powerful singing voice and gave a real performance on the stage. Emmett, played by the very talented Mark Hill, was just a joy to watch. His singing voice was superb and his diction was clear throughout.
Beautician Paulette Bonafonte, played by Laura Hill, helps Elle through her decision making throughout the show, offering words of wisdom (through her solo ‘Ireland’) sung with gusto and comedic timing.
Vivienne was played by Rosie Sommerville with confidence and clarity. From the amateur versions of this production that I have seen, Rosie is probably the best Vivienne. I particularly liked how she transformed from her ‘serious’ start to the ‘friendlier’ version of her at the end.
The girls of Delta Nu were a force to be reckoned with – vocally strong and performances slick – they all should be congratulated.
Carrie Bellett (Brooke Wyndham) gave an impressive performance with light up skipping ropes. Although vocally not the strongest member of the cast, her acting shone with confidence and sass.
The sound of crackling microphones during the second act hindered the show; however, the cast continued professionally and hopefully this is an issue which can be rectified before tonight’s performance and for the rest of the run. For me, some of the diction was lost in the pacier songs and extracts of dialogue at times, due to the Americanism being delivered.
Overall, a really enjoyable, feel good evening was had by all at the Plaza in Romsey; Legally Blonde runs until Saturday 18 May 2019.