Legally Blonde The Musical

Nov 28 2017 | By More

★★★★☆     Hilarious

Festival Theatre: Mon 27 Nov – Sat 2 Dec
Review by Sarah Moyes

“OMG You Guys!” The Festival Theatre is awash with pink as the hilarious Legally Blonde arrives in Edinburgh at the end of the first leg of its extensive UK tour.

Originally opening on Broadway in 2007, Legally Blonde The Musical is based on the popular 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon. It had an amateur production from the Bohemians at the King’s last year.

Lucie Jones (Elle) Pic: Robert Workman

It’s the story of the popular sorority sister Elle Woods from California who turns her passion for anything pink and fluffy into a passion for studying in a bid to win back her ex-boyfriend.

The show follows Elle’s journey to the prestigious Harvard Law School as proves to everyone that she deserves to be there as much as everyone else.

Opener, Ohmigood You Guys, is a huge slice of cheesy musical pop that sets the fun tone for the whole show. It’s here we’re introduced to Elle and her sorority girls, the Delta Neu, as they prepare to celebrate her engagement to Warner Huntington III.

However instead of proposing, he tells Elle he needs a more serious girlfriend which starts her journey to becoming the serious law student she thinks Warner wants to be with.

smooth transition

Lucie Jones, who represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year, really shines in the role of Elle Woods. Like a few X Factor alumni before her, she’s made a smooth transition into theatre as if she was always meant to be there. It’s a demanding role as she’s hardly off the stage, but her performance never once falters. She’s gives a hilarious and warm portrayal of the Elle with the vocal range that any lead musical star would be proud of.

Ben Harlow and Rita Simons. Photo: Robert Workman

Having both bowed out of their respective soaps earlier this year, EastEnders star Rita Simons plays Paulette Bonafonte and Emmerdale’s Bill Ward takes on the role of Professor Callahan.

Rita Simons isn’t on stage half as much as the rest of that cast. That being said, in beautician Paulette, she’s playing a great character who you wish was more involved in the storyline. Mainly known for her acting, Simons also displays an incredible singing voice when she does get the opportunity to take centre stage.

Her rendition of Ireland in the first act has the audience in stitches and amazement over her stunning vocals, even though there are a few moments were her diction isn’t clear enough to work out every word.

Bill Ward gives a solid performance as the sleazy and arrogant professor who makes unwanted advances to Elle that turn him into the show’s villain. It’s one of the only roles in the show that doesn’t really have any comedy moments, but his Blood in the Water is a great, ensemble number that gives him a chance to really belt out one of the show’s many fantastic songs.

The choreography from Anthony Williams and Dean Street is smart and slick in every song from the glow in the dark skipping rope routine on Whipped Into Shape to the roller-skating male angels in the first act. Elle’s Delta Neu girls are amusing as they continually pop up as her personal cheerleaders through the show, even as part of a fake Greek chorus no one else can see.

Just like the chick-flick it’s based on, Legally Blonde The Musical is camp, clever and laugh out loud funny that’ll have you doing the Bend and Snap at every opportunity.

Running time: two hours and 45 minutes (including one interval)
Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT
Monday 27 November – Saturday 3 December  2017
Evenings 7.30pm Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm.
Tickets from

Legally Blonde the Musical website:

Legally Blonde The Musical on tour:
27 Nov – 3 Dec 2017 Edinburgh
Festival Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online
26 Feb – 3 March 2018 Belfast
Grand Opera House
02890 241919 Book online
5 – 9 March 2018 Dublin
Bord Gais Energy Theatre
0818 719 377 Book online
13 – 17 March 2018 Stoke-on-Trent
Regent Theatre
0844 871 7649 Book online
19 – 24 March 2018 Canterbury
The Marlowe Theatre
01227 787787 Book online
26 – 30 March 2018 Norwich
Theatre Royal
01603 63 00 00 Book online
9 – 14 April 2018 Blackpool
Grand Theatre
01253 290 190 Book online
16 – 21 April 2018 Sunderland
Sunderland Empire
0844 871 3022 Book online
23 – 28 April 2018 Glasgow
King’s Theatre
0844 871 7648 Book online
30 April – 4 May 2018 Aberdeen
His Majesty’s Theatre
01224 641122 Book online
7 – 12 May 2018 Inverness
Eden Court Theatre
01463 234 234 Book online
14 – 19 May 2018 Nottingham
Theatre Royal
0115 989 5555 Book online
21 – 26 May 2018 Birmingham
The New Alexandra Theatre
0844 871 3011 Book online
28 May – 2 June 2018 Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Theatre
08448 717652 Book online
4 – 9 June 2018 Liverpool
08448 713 017 Book online
11 – 16 June 2018 Brighton
Theatre Royal
0844 871 7650 Book online
18 – 23 June 2018 Wimbledon
New Wimbledon Theatre
0844 871 7646 Book online
25 – 30 June 2018 Manchester
Palace Theatre
0844 871 3019 Book online

Bill Ward (Prof Callahan) centre. Pic: Robert Workman


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