Legally Blonde The Musical review (London Savoy Theatre) - superb cast with great chemistry let down by the props
I normally avoid watching plays that have spun off from successful movies and the last thing I want is for the favorable impression that I have for a movie to be spoilt by a sub-par play performance. The Chicago that I caught in New York didn't quite make the mark. Not that the cast wasn't competent, it was just that they didn't have chemistry that was oozing from Renée Zellweger, Catharine Zeta Jones and Richard Gere in the 2002 movie.
But after being pleasantly surprised by Sister Act even with my high expectations as the movie was a classic, I didn't raise too much fuss when Wife suggested catching Legally Blonde The Musical at Savoy Theatre.
Cast and Storyline
Mention Legally Blonde, the image of Reese Whitherspoon prancing around with her pink jacket, with a puppy (decked in pink) in one hand and an LV clutch in another, immediately comes to mind. Legally Blonde the Musical didn't disappoint a single bit. Sheridan Smith's Elle Woods was the wide eye blonde who had a keen fashion sense and her only weakness was Warner (Duncan James) whom she was determined to marry. When he decided to break up with her for someone more 'serious', she followed him to Harvard Law and there the story unfolded.
Other than Elle, the other notable character in the play was Emmett (Alex Gaumond), the underdog who fell for Elle when they met at Harvard. Gaumond was a convincing Emmett and when his dogged look lit up in the shopping mall when Elle picked up some clothes for him, he lifted the entire audience's hearts.
UPS guy added a comical touch
While Smith is not Witherspoon, she introduced a totally refreshing and irresistibly positive take of Elle Woods. Even with her petite figure, her stage presence was evident right at the onset. Look out for the UPS guy though. Legally Blonde The Musical added a superb comical dimension of the UPS guy who was the knight in shining armour for Elle's pal Paulette.
Props was a letdown
Pity about the props though. The backdrop failed to lift off five minutes into the musical and there was a further wait for a couple of minutes before the musical had to be restarted all over again. Not only that, the sequins were popping off Smith's dress during a step dance… her bracelet fell off in another routine. In a courtroom scene, the judge kept on thumping her hammer and bits of it flew off.
Other than the technical glitches, Legally Blonde The Musical was one of those uplifting and cheerful performances that you probably wouldn't really remember in a couple of months' time but boy, it was good while it lasted.
Legally Blonde is not sold at TKTS and is selling out for more popular time slots. Book your tickets here now!