Legally Blonde a romantic thrill

It was with a certain trepidation I took my seat at the Lyric Theatre for Legally Blonde The Musical.

After all, I’m male, a baby boomer and pink is forced upon me by my English complexion.

And reading through the song titles in the program like Omigod You Guys, Whipped Into shape and Bend and Snap, a cosy night in front of the telly suddenly seemed more appealing.

But no sooner had the announcement been made about switching off mobile phones, this lavish, award-winning musical erupted on stage.

It was flashy, romantically funny and so entertaining.

The dancing was energetic and the storyline cleverly weaved through the lyrics of the tunes.

Some were humorous, others serious and poignant.

Paulette, Emmett and her chihuahua Bruiser, show her that it’s better to be smart.

A chorus of ahs greets Bruiser and bulldog Rufus as they come on stage for cameo performances.

For all its lightness there is a powerful message from Legally Blonde: the perils of stereotyping people based on appearance and social status.

The show has so many positives; the only negative for me was the annoying Americanisms. In the main cast members perfected the accent.

One of the highlights for me was when post guy Kyle (Mike Snell) delivered a packed and strutted around the stage in his sexy shorts, with the antics of a blue move actor looking for a gig – such a hoot. He became an instant hit with the audience.

There was even a parody on Riverdance.

Cameron Daddo was great as a lawyer lacking morals even though vocally he wasn’t quite up to par.

Erika Heynatz was a knockout as exercise queen Brooke. Singing whilst doing an intense skipping-rope routine and not missing a beat was nothing short of amazing.

So it’s a big hurrah for the sorority sisters of Delta Nu. Legally Blonde is a wonderful escape from a very dark and harsh world that’s robbed us of our innocence. 

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