Legally Blonde - The Musical tells the story of Elle Woods, a wealthy, privileged, beautiful blonde with brains somewhere inside that airhead of hers, who aspires to little more than getting married to the perfect man and leading the country club life of her parents. She's obviously capable of greatness - she has a 4.0 grade point average at UCLA (granted, it's in fashion merchandising), and she's president of her sorority. But when her perfect boyfriend breaks up with her before he heads off to Harvard Law because she's not 'serious enough', she vows to get into Harvard Law as well and win him back.
Far fetched? Yes. Unrealistic? Perhaps? But none of that matters because the audience is whisked away into a world of escapist joy, filled with song and dance and tons of laughs. Legally Blonde - The Musical is a high energy, light hearted play with great performances, and appearances by two ridiculously adorable dogs. Faye Brooks plays the role of Elle Woods to a tee. She's bubbly and sweet and adorable, serious when she needs to be, and believably steps in to save the day at the crucial moment. Special mention has to be made for the fantastic Rhona McGregor, who stepped in for Jennifer Ellison as Paulette, and for Lewis Griffiths who was hilarious as the UPS delivery guy, and who stole the show.
Legally Blonde - The Musical is at The New Theatre until Saturday, 21st July. I highly recommend grabbing a friend and seeing the show while you can. It's great fun. The New Theatre even has a special cocktail menu in honour of the show (see below). Cocktails, laughs, and a really hot UPS delivery guy? I might just have to go again while it's still in town!
Legally Blonde Cocktail Menu
Pink Lawsuit - Cointreau, cranberry juice, Pink Lanvin Champagne
One Elle of a Cocktail - Vodka, Malibu, Squeeze of lime and sugar
The Bend and Schnapps - Vodka, Archers Peach Schnapps, cranberry juice, squeeze of lime
(all of the above £6.50 each, 2 for £10 during happy hour 6pm - 7pm)
Blonde Bombshell - low alcohol - Grenadine, pineapple juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, squeeze of lime
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Review: Legally Blonde - The Musicaltweet this!
category: Theatre Reviews
Anyone who knows me at all knows I do guilt in a big way. And now my guiltometer has gone off the scale! First I felt guilty about agreeing to see Legally Blonde - The Musical. I felt guilty about telling people I was going to see Legally Blonde - The Musical. Last night I felt guilty about how easily I enjoyed Legally Blonde - The Musical. And now I'm feeling guilty about feeling guilty about it in the first place! There's no shame in having a good time. And Legally Blonde - The Musical at the New Theatre, Oxford, is one of the best times it's possible to have while sitting in a hot, packed theatre nursing a half drunk One Elle of a Cocktail in a REAL GLASS glass being half-blinded by the on (and off) stage bling and shocking pink. To say it was fun seriously underrates its entertainment value and I'm only sorry it won't be in Oxford for longer. As guilty pleasures go, it's a no-brainer!