Legally Blonde the Musical
Time Out says
Omigod you guys! ‘Six’ director Lucy Moss heads up the first major revival of ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’
It was a sensation when it stormed the West End back in 2009 with Sheridan Smith in the lead role and – omigod you guys! – now ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’ is back as the centrepiece of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s ninetieth birthday season. Propelled by Smith’s star power, the original US production was significantly more successful over here than back home. So it’s only natural that its first big revival is a British one. It’s directed by Lucy Moss in her first major job since powering monarchical musical romp ‘Six’ all the way to Broadway glory. It’ll be fascinating to see what she comes up with: the Regent’s Park Theatre’s big musical revivals tend to be fairly iconoclastic in tone, and you can imagine that as a minimum Moss will resist anything that feels like a retread of the original production of Laurence O’Keefe, Nell Benjamin and Heather Hach’s musical. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of ‘Legally Blonde’ – and fair enough, the original Reese Witherspoon film is over 20 years old – then it follows Elle Woods, a pink-obsessed fashion student and general ditz who decides to study law in the hope of getting her ex-boyfriend to take her more seriously.
Unusually, the ‘big’ musical is the season opener: ‘Legally Blonde’ will be followed by the much-delayed new musical ‘101 Dalmations’ and then a new version of ‘Antigone’ by Inua Ellams, which is the sort of more serious show you’d expect to close the year for the OAT. Turning 90, it’s still full of surprises.
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