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A surprising delight
I am open to a good musical but I rarely find one. This statement probably sums up my appreciation of musical theatre.
However I recently defied this logic and attended Legally Blonde the Musical at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney. I was overwhelmingly surprised. This musical is a definite treat.
The storyline follows closely that of the movie however a delightful score full of fun, adventure and appropriate pathos, great acting and a superb set combine to make this a superior viewing experience.
For those unaware of the story, the musical centres around Elle Woods, a Malibu barbie type with the predictable major in Fashion from the University of California. In the opening sequences, her boyfriend Warner, played capably by Big Brother graduate Rob Mills, fails to propose as Elle has predicted and instead dumps her to take up a more serious future involving Harvard Law. Elle replaces the initial hurt with a conviction that she too is serious material and resolves to take up Harvard Law as well and fight for her man. Sounds sickening? Legally Blonde is not to be taken too seriously, although there are some moments of genuine poignancy. As it turns out, the musical is the perfect genre to facilitate all this.
It's hard to pick a fault in the actor line-up. Lucy Durack (playing Elle) is thoroughly entertaining in her singing and acting although her 'bend and snap' didn't quite work. David Harris is wonderful as Emmett and even Cameron Daddo manages rather well as the hard-nosed law professor. Standouts though are Paulette, the romantically challenged beautician (played by Helen Dallimore) and Brooke Wyndham, the exercise guru and alleged husband killer (Erika Heynatz). Former model Heynatz's singing career apparently began when she won It Takes Two on Channel 7. If this performance is anything to go by, Heynatz has another career path ahead of her as theatrical singer.
So the notion of an entirely pink-clad law student with a chihuahua in her handbag makes your head spin? Legally Blonde - The Musical still has the ability to transport you to an enjoyable place through catchy tunes, moving duets, colourful sets and if you care to look, a thought-provoking plot. So you too, like me, will want to come back for more.