9-14 March 2015
Reviewed by Joanne Watson
In the words of the lead character, Elle Wood, “Oh. My. God!”
The Wolverhampton Grand never fails to impress me, and is easily the best theatre in the West Midlands. The whole ‘theatre going experience’ at the Wolverhampton Grand is a pleasure from start to finish, and the shows that they present are second to none. This musical no different – it was high energy, spirit lifting fun.
Having seen the movie of ‘Legally Blonde’, I had my doubts as to how this would be recreated on the stage in musical form. I was however suitably impressed with the whole production from start to finish. This is an all singing, all dancing, romantic comedy, that will leave you feeling good for hours after.
The story is all about Elle Woods. She appears to have it all – good looks, money, popularity, the works! So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her because he wants to pursue a more ‘serious’ future, she decides to use her charm to get in to Harvard Law School and win him back. She struggles to fit in with her peers at Harvard, but makes new friends such as Emmett and Paulette. Elle, along with her pet Chihuahua Bruiser, realises her potential within the field of law, and teaches us life is about knowing who you are and showing what you’ve got!
The story is set in America, and although I am often dubious about Brits putting on an American accent, these were great. The story is told mostly through song, and the actor’s voices were incredible.
Katie Astbury was beautifully cast as leading lady ‘Elle’ as she really captured the essence of the character we know from the film. She can sing, she can dance and she can most certainly act! She was believable in the role, and her energy and enthusiasm was infectious!
My personal favourite had to be the fabulous Harry Golightly, who played the larger than life ‘Paulette’. Harry portrayed ‘Paulette’ tremendously and I found I couldn’t take my eyes of her when she was performing! I loved her costumes, her singing, her dancing – even her facial expressions! This is a young actress who will progress well with her career.
Kyle the UPS delivery guy probably got the biggest laugh and cheer of the night! From the moment he strutted on to the stage – for there is no other word appropriate other than ‘strut’ – the audience loved him. Kyle, along with his big ‘package’, made an excellent partner for Paulette.
The highlight of the night had to be the ‘bend and snap’! For anyone who isn’t aware, the ‘bend and snap’ can only be described as a ‘move’ that Elle teaches Paulette and other friends, which is guaranteed to get the attention of any guy. I thoroughly enjoyed this section of the show, and will admit to having a little try of the bend and snap on my departure!
This musical is light-hearted, fun, family entertainment. If you are after a fun night out filled with great singing, fabulous dancing routines, lovable characters and lots of laughter, then I couldn’t recommend ‘Legally Blonde’ any higher.
Oh and I should just add that this was billed as an ‘amateur’ production, although in my opinion, it was anything but ‘amateur’. You got a standing ovation from me!
Legally Blonde is at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton until 14 March 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01902 429 212.
The Grand Theatre Wolverhampton, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE