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Legally Blonde (Susan Elkin reviews)

Legally Blonde continues at the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park,London until 2 July 2022.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

Perhaps this feel-good story in which all “monsters” are kicked into the gutter amidst much pink is just what we need on an early summer evening – especially when it’s set in the tree-girt glory of London’s loveliest venue. And the rain held off on press night.

Legally Blonde is the story of a young woman with frothy interests driven to apply to Harvard Law School in pursuit of the man who has just jilted her. Finding talent and brains she didn’t know she had, she excels at Harvard while remaining true to herself. And then there’s a happy ending – on her own terms. So you smile all the way to the Tube.

Music by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin (book by Heather Hach) is superbly directed by Katharine Woolley. The 15-piece band (bravo, especially Jane Salmon on trombone – lovely work) plays the wide variety of styles required by this show’s score with real flair. There is, for example, a song in the trial scene which owes so much to G&S that if the pair were alive they’d be suing for plagiarism. The Irish number is nicely done.

We can see the band too, framed upstage by Laura Hopkins’ set which …

Read the rest of this review at Musical Theatre Review: https://musicaltheatrereview.com/legally-blonde-open-air-theatre-regents-park/

 

 

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Susan Elkin
Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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