When I discovered I was going to see Legally Blonde the Musical for the fifth time, I was beyond excited. As you can probably tell, it's one of my favourite musicals; full of catchy, sugar-sweet tunes, female empowerment and loveable characters it's a show that's always had a very special place in my heart.
I know the show inside-out, so it's always nice to see and hear when things have been changed or updated. The odd change of lyric or libretto keeps things fresh and can deliver a new element of humour too. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, this show left me beaming all the way from start to finish; my cheeks hurt a little from smiling so much.
Lucie Jones played a very convincing Elle Woods; providing a beautiful voice for her musical numbers and bringing the right amount of humour to the story, I was always compelled to watch her on stage but felt that she could've given us just a little more 'oomph' in her dance numbers. I also loved Rita Simons' performance as Paulette, incredibly funny and perfect for the role, I also thought that her voice in 'Ireland' was fantastic and full of heart.
We were given a great performance from Bill Ward as Professor Callahan, strong vocals that did occasionally come across as rushed, but otherwise portrayed well. I especially enjoyed the chemistry between Margot, Serena and Pilar, perfectly rehearsed libretto that enabled them to naturally bounce off one another kept their scenes fun and engaging. The principal characters were well supported by Liam Doyle as Warner and David Barrett as Emmett, both as polar opposites and helped us to see Elle's transition throughout the show. Strong vocal performances also came from the rest of the Harvard students, Vivienne, Aaron, Sundeep and Enid.
The show was brought together by an extremely talented ensemble full of fantastic choreography and fun routines; my personal highlight was 'Whipped into Shape' featuring the super-fit Helen Petrovna as Brooke Wyndham with the glow-in-the-dark skipping ropes. I also laughed out loud at several characters, including Chutney in the courtroom scene, her yawly characterisation really tickled me. I also really enjoyed the scene between Nikos and Carlos; just enough comical dance for the next scene change with a lovely musical interlude for added humour, the audience lapped it up.
One of my favourite moments must be the wonderful animals that the cast worked with so well - a special mention to Bruisey and Chester who played Bruiser and Rufus respectively; even though at one point Chester seemed to decide he had stage fright and 'slid' across the stage - it was comical, endearing and a lovely addition to the performance.
A feel-good show that definitely won't disappoint, make sure you catch Legally Blonde before the end of the week at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Reviewed by Beckie Morley at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent.
Legally Blonde is touring the UK until 30th June. For tickets and further information visit the shows website.