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Legally Blonde - The Mayflower
7:42am Wednesday 20th June 2012 in Stage Reviews
THEY say blondes have more fun.
And if this silly yet sensational show is anything to go by, that is completely true.
The film the musical is based on is so pink, so inane and so, well, blonde.
This stage version is far more witty. It laughs at itself and, although verging on the ridiculous at times, it strikes just the right note of hilarity.
Starting with some seriously screechy ensemble pieces, the cast soon found their feet and we were instantly drawn to the loveable Elle (played superbly by Faye Brookes).
Ray Quinn and Les Dennis may be far too nice to be rogues as Warner and Professor Callahan but they still drew pantomime boos from an enthusiastic audience keen to see a happy ending after excellent performances.
Elle runs off to Harvard Law School in pursuit of her lost love, the insufferable snob Warner (Quinn), after he dumps her in the wonderful Serious scene.
One transformation later and she’s representing an exercise guru-turned-murder suspect in a way only she can. Cue the company skipping brilliantly to Whipped Into Shape in prison costume.
We were rooting for true love with Elle and Emmett, the decent chap who finally wins her heart (the excellent Iwan Lewis) and big-hearted hairdresser Paulette (bigvoiced Niki Evans) and her hilarious UPS delivery driver hunk.
The highlight of the night was a quite superb company piece in the courtroom to There! Right There! which still has me laughing out loud now with its risque feel.
As a reluctant viewer last night (the football was on!), it was impossible not to forget about the England match and get wrapped up in this big ball of show-stopping fun and froth.
As our heroine Elle says, several hundred times a day, Ohmigod. It’s just so great.
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