Review: Legally Blonde the Musical

Legally Blonde Australian Cast promoElle Woods is a shallow Malibu fashionista with a degree in accessorising and a longing for beau, Warner Huntington 111, to put a ring on it.   Elle and her Delta Nu sorority gal pals are living the California dream where every day is a party and one can never be too rich or too hot!  But, despite Elle’s devotion and immaculate dress sense, Warner dumps her before he heads off to college;  he needs a ‘Jackie’ not a ‘Marilyn’ to help him climb the ladder to success.   Elle sets her sights on Harvard Law School in a bid to be taken more seriously and win Warner’s heart.  Can she prove herself to be more than a ditzy ‘legally blonde’ wannabe and find true love along the way?

Lucy Durack carries Legally Blonde the Musical as the effervescent Elle.  Durack is fast gaining a reputation as a leading lady to watch after stellar turns in Wicked and the film Goddess.  She has a great vocal range and manages to play Elle in all her signature pink glory without spilling into caricature.  Beside her in the A-list is Rob ‘Millsy’ Mills, who delivers dynamic vocals and a jawline as sharp as his suits as callous cad Warner.   All the best lines, however, go to the cast of comedy sidekicks – from Elle’s ‘Greek chorus’ of pop up life coaches to trailer trash hairdresser Paulette (a standout performance by Helen Dallimore).  Cameron Daddo, as lecherous lecturer Professor Callahan, has less of an impact – but he does have the unenviable task of playing straight man to a cast as camp and colourful as Mardi Gras.

Elle, of course, makes it to Harvard and learns that it’s OK to be a babe with brains.  Eventually blitzing a high profile legal case, she realises that life – and love – is not all about diamonds and teeny, tiny dogs.  As the promos say, being true to yourself never goes out of style.   But this show, like the films that preceded it, struggles with its own message.  Is it what’s inside that counts, or do clothes maketh the man?  Should someone love you for who you really are or for the tight buns you display when performing the patented Delta Nu ‘bend and snap’?  There are a few mixed messages here – as well as some lazy stereotyping – but it’s all delivered in such a joyous spirit that it seems curmudgeonly to nitpick.

Slick choreography, laugh-out-loud gags and extremely likeable personalities are what’s made this show a huge success from Broadway to Brisbane.   The dialogue is wittier than the film and the incredible dancers will do more than a hundred Biggest Losers to inspire people to hit the gym (or at least the disco).  And, Oh My God, the catchy tunes will stay with you for days.

Legally Blonde the Musical is still making its way around Australia (and the world). Check it out if you can!

As always, I must declare that this is NOT a sponsored post.  I did get a free ticket to see it, but that came from my beautiful friend, not a promoter 🙂 







15 comments for “Review: Legally Blonde the Musical

  1. April 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I saw Wicked with Lucy Durack and Rob Mills in it, so its a nice surprise to see they are reunited in this musical. I hope it comes to Adelaide in the near future as it sounds like a good night out!

    • This Charming Mum
      April 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Both the stars were excellent. Lucy Durack has an amazing voice and stage presence. I hope you get to see it!

  2. April 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Sounds like it’s a fun one to see! I secretly love “Legally Blonde” the movie. I wonder if it’s still on in Sydney…

    • This Charming Mum
      April 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Oh Grace, closet fan of the bend and snap eh? It’s definitely worth a look – better than the movie, I reckon.

  3. April 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I can’t wait to watch an actual theatre show again, I haven’t seen I lived in NY some 10 or so years ago!

    • This Charming Mum
      April 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Oh, I know the feeling. It used to be such a regular thing to see shows – these days it’s very much a special occasion. Luckily this one was heaps of fun (and not for kids!)

  4. Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions
    March 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie. In fact I saw it for the first time the night before I went to see the musical! But I loved the musical, I thought it was miles better than the film and the songs were excellent. I must confess too that one of the chorus members was a good friend in high school so that may have helped my enjoyment factor a little, seeing him onstage again!

    • This Charming Mum
      April 1, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Oh, even better if you know someone on stage! It’s lots of fun isn’t it?

  5. Josefa @always Josefa
    March 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Sounds very interesting! I really wasn’t a fan of the movie but I can hardly turn my back on any musical
    Might keep an eye out for last minute tix xx

    • This Charming Mum
      March 30, 2013 at 9:38 am

      I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie either Josepha, but this was lots of fun – and the script had more bite. Great for a girls’ night out.

  6. March 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I loved the movie but was unsure how it would play out as a musical. I may have to check it out!

    • This Charming Mum
      March 30, 2013 at 9:39 am

      I think the musical is much better than the movie, but then it’s always nice to see a live show. Check it out if you can!

  7. This Charming Mum
    March 29, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I don’t remember all that much about the movie. This show is certainly more memorable! Yeah, I know what you mean about the ‘smart people’ stereotypes. This one does get a few bonus points for an original take on the ‘just be yourself’ story. Never fear though, there’s still a socially-awkward, badly dressed, feminist to balance things out 😉

  8. Enid Bite'Em
    March 29, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Hi Lara … I watched the movie … yes it does have some contradictions … but I was so sick of the ‘smart people are socially awkward’ stereotypes that were everywhere at the time this film was kind of a relief 🙂

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