Review: Legally Blonde, Festival Theatre

Ohmigod, you guys – Legally Blonde the Musical is back and it’s better than ever.

Based on the popular book and 2001 movie of the same name (starring Reece Witherspoon), the show follows the story of what happens when a pink-clad Californian ‘fashion merchandising’ graduate named Elle Woods enrols at Harvard Law School in a desperate attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend who has cruelly dumped her because she’s not ‘serious’ enough.

Wales’ Lucie Jones, who rose to fame after appearing on The X Factor and representing Great Britain in The Eurovision Song Contest, takes on the central role with the perfect amount of humour, likeability and warmth. Whilst it’d be easy to attribute Jones’ leading role in the production to lazy stunt casting, her consistently stellar performance throughout the show speaks for itself and, just like Elle manages to make a name for herself at Harvard, Jones’ performance proves she’s more than deserving of her leading lady title. The supporting cast members are equally impressive – with local lass Rebecca Stenhouse shining as sorority girl Margot and Eastenders’ Rita Simons bringing some sass to the otherwise chirpy show with her portrayal of hairdresser Paulette Bonafonte.

Legally Blonde is an explosion of girl power which is as relevant as ever more than a decade after it’s Broadway debut. Grab your heels and handbag – this show is not to be missed!

Legally Blonde the Musical, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, runs until Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm (matinee performance at 2.30pm), £22 – £42, 0131 529 6000.

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