Blonde and Brilliant

Check out my review of 'Legally Blonde - The Musical' and why I was almost horizontal this weekend.

So how was your weekend? Mine was laid back and chilled – and as ever I rounded it off by coming into work to present Heartbreakers which is also laid-back and chilled. So now, I’m pretty much horizontal.

On Friday night, I went to the Heart gala performance of 'Legally Blonde The Musical' at London’s Savoy Theatre, which raised a fantastic £25,000 for our Have A Heart appeal. It’s a feel-good show and has had critics singing it’s praises since last Wednesday’s official launch.

The ultra-talented Sheridan Smith plays the lead role of Elle Woods, the blonde-haired college sweetheart who gets dumped by her boyfriend Warner played by Duncan James. In an attempt to win back his affections and prove she has brains and takes life seriously, she heads for Havard Law School where life for her becomes a series of twists and turns. It’s based on the successful movie of the same name, which I hadn’t seen so I didn’t know what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised.

Packed with clever and catchy upbeat songs (which have some of the wittiest lyrics of any musical I’ve seen), it’s performed by a cast who have clearly spent hours rehearsing and fine-tuning it’s complicated musical styles, so it looks completely effortless. Sheridan Smith is the big star (not just because she plays the lead role but also because of her incredible singing voice) but is closely followed by ex-EastEnder Jill Halfpenny who plays the role of Elle’s friend Paulette, and Alex Gaumond who becomes Elle’s college pal Emmet. Oh… and look out for the 2 dogs. I’m not being rude, there are actually 2 real dogs in it!

It’s charming, heart-warming and laugh out loud funny. Definitely worth a visit if you’re ever paying a visit to the West End.

I’m off to do something chilled (feeling a bit exhausted after typing that lot). Have a good Monday, see you at 10pm!  

Simon

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