I HAVE a confession to make.
Legally Blonde is my all time favourite film.
So it was with whoops of excitement and gleeful clapping of hands that I welcomed the arrival of its musical counterpart to Brighton Theatre Royal.
In the world of musical theatre, this production has won a wardrobe full of plaudits, including Best Musical 2011 at the Olivier Awards, the awards for London’s West End theatre industry, as well as another seven major awards.
It has been running since 2007 both on Broadway and the West End, so its top musical credentials cannot be in doubt.
The message of Legally Blonde is an uplifting one, guaranteed to pick you up when you are down: that message is you can do anything you want, transcend people’s expectations of you and that life will work out, if you work hard, believe in yourself and are nice to people.
Oh yes and don’t let anyone horrible grind you down.
Elle is a popular sorority sister who majors in Fashion Merchandising, but when her posh (arrogant and all round git) boyfriend Warner Huntington III dumps her because he needs a ‘serious girlfriend’ now that he’s attending Harvard Law School, she decides to get herself into Harvard too and win him back.
But Law School is tough, winning back Warner from his new country club girlfriend is a challenge and somehow Elle, who grew up in Bel Air across the street from Aaron Spelling, just doesn’t fit in with all these clever Ivy League snobs.
So will she give up and head home to her Mum and Dad? Or will she fight her corner and get what she wants?
You’ll have to watch the musical to find out, unless you’ve already seen the film, in which case you’re probably looking forward to that landmark case Elle takes part in - any Cosmo girl would know!
Legally Blonde is directed by Tony and Olivier Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray).
This production stars Les Dennis (Hairspray) as Elle’s lecturer Professor Callahan, Ray Quinn (Dancing on Ice, Dirty Dancing) as friend Emmett and Niki Evans (X Factor) as Elle.
Howard Panter, joint Chief Executive of Ambassador Theatre Group said:“Critically acclaimed on tour and getting standing ovations night after night, we are thrilled that Legally Blonde the Musical, the success story from Broadway and London is continuing around the UK before embarking on a further international tour.”
Previous reviews I took a look at, all by men, (who would send a man to review what is so obviously a thoroughbred girly romcom?) grudgingly accepted it was fun and uplifting, so I think it sounds promising.
Some of them even said it was better than the film!
Well that’s high praise indeed - whether I’m going like Les, Ray and Niki playing characters portrayed in the film by veteran thespian Victor Garber, Hollywood hearthrob Luke Wilson and top comic actress Reese Witherspoon, I’ll let you know!
To find out more visit www.legallyblondethemusical.co.uk/tour