1:30pm Wednesday 18th July 2012
By Stephanie Tye
Legally Blonde the musical, New Theatre Oxford, until Saturday, July 21. Tickets cost from £19.50. To book, call the box office on 0844 871 7627 or log on to www.newtheatreoxford.org.uk
IF YOU have an adversion to the colour pink, cute dogs, the colour pink, super-duper positve people or the colour pink then it’s probably fairly safe to say you might not enjoy Legally Blonde as much as those around you.
But if, like me, all of the above tick your boxes - and you’re a fan of the film to boot - then you are guaranteed to come out of the New Theatre Oxford with a smile on your face.
From the opening bars of Omigod You Guys the atmosphere for the show is set. It’s fun, high energy, tongue-in-cheek and full of not only great song and dance routine, but some pretty good acting too.
This is a show I have wanted to see since it started in the West End in 2010 and it did not disappoint.
There are a couple of recognisable names in the production, most notably Gareth Gates, as Warner Huntington the Third, and Jennifer Ellison, as Paulette.
Unfortunately on Oxford’s opening night Jennifer was unable to perform due to family illness so understudy Rhona McGregor ably stepped in and wowed the audience.
Faye Brooks, as lead role Elle Woods, was fantastic. She embodied the character brought to life on the big screen by Reece Witherspoon and the audience was behind her every step of the way.
This is one of her first major roles and I think the West End will be seeting a lot more of her in the future.
Snaps have to go to the rest of the cast too - everyone shone on stage and it is difficult to pick out individuals for praise.
Opening night on Tuesday saw four cast members vying for the prize of the biggest applause - the two dogs, Rhona and Lewis Griffiths (and his incredibly tiny shorts) as UPS delivery man Kyle.
I think most of the female audience would say the shorts - and strut - win by a nose.
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