Legally Blonde at the Curve Theatre in Leicester is an absolute hit. Legally Blonde is a fantastically fun show which makes you want to dance in the aisles. The musical is based on the 2001 film of the same name, where Malibu sorority girl Elle Woods sets out to prove she is ‘Serious’ to her boyfriend Warner as she enrols at one of the most prestigious schools in the world, Harvard Law. I was a little bit apprehensive before the performance because I think it is a difficult show to pull off, but I needn’t have worried, the performance was immediately engaging and fast paced.
Lucie Jones as Elle Woods is utterly charming and she definitely brings something new to the table. Her comedic timing is spot on and she brings a certain wit to the character which I have not seen before. Her voice is on another level as she sings the score with ease, the slower tempo of the number ‘So Much Better’ really shows off her voice and control, and she puts the lyric over so convincingly I was completely sold on her performance. Jon Robyns’ endearing performance as Emmett was given with a goofy certainty, it really seemed like he connected to the role and understood the character on another level.
Danny Mac as Warner offered a by the book performance as he portrayed the shallowness of the character very well. Another stand out for me was Natalie Hope as Brooke, her athletic performance in ‘Whipped Into Shape’ showed off her ability as a performer. Ian Kelsey as Professor Callahan fell a little flat for me as his performance seemed to not have as much punch and passion as I had hoped, this was especially apparent in his number ‘Blood in the Water’. Another performance that underwhelmed for me was Tupele Dorgu’s portrayal of Paulette, she seemed to preempt the many jokes the character had which unfortunately let down her performance. The rest of the cast certainly delivered and brought the whole show together in one fantastically tireless and vibrant show.
The production is with no doubt uplifting and energetic. The minimal set worked well in the large stage as it never felt too cluttered. It was just a shame that there were no extra ensemble members to fill out the space a bit more in some of the bigger scenes, such as the party and the more dance heavy numbers. The lighting was incredibly precise as it drew attention to all the details in the script as well as the space.
This has to be one of the most enjoyable performances I have seen in a long time, and I urge anyone who is able to go and see this wonderfully pink production at the Curve Theatre in Leicester.