Opening to sensational reviews and recipient of a number of major awards including Best New Musical at the London Olivier Awards 2011, Legally Blonde tells the story of Elle Woods as she gains a place at the prestigious Harvard Law School with the aim of winning back the heart of her teenage heart-throb, Warner Huntington. She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others while staying true to herself. With a clever and catchy musical score by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, this show is full of energy, charm – and plenty of pink!
Watch out, Sheridan Smith! Madison Cooper gives a faultless performance as Elle Woods with excellent vocal ability and an effortless sense of style. The beautiful vocals of Ebony Deas as Paulette and Luke Barker as Emmett both provide comedic and charismatic support with some hilarious moments in the show which left the audience in stitches of laughter. The entire cast gives a professional and energetic performance and it is noticeable how much fun everyone is having on stage. Two cute dogs complete the casting line-up: I always worry how they will respond to a full auditorium or perhaps the sheer drop into the orchestra pit, but even they give a show-stealing performance!
Creating and performing these productions requires a team of dedicated leaders. Co-directors Harry Andreou and Michael Mullen have pulled together another successful production with effective and creative choreography by Lisa McGreal. Together with a superb 13-piece orchestra conducted by Nigel Finch and slick set and lighting design, Legally Blonde is definitely another CPTY success.
For me the only real weakness was the clarity of the sound, which has always seemed to be a problem at The Point. Some of the dialogue was missed due to the sound issues, which was no fault of the cast members; it was more of a technical hitch which will surely be cleared up as the run continues.
As Elle Woods states, ‘Oh my God, you guys’ – get a ticket before it’s too late! There are performances on 24 February at 7.30 and 25 February at 2.30 and 7.30.