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Theatre: Review - Sheridan Smith in Legally Blonde at Savoy Theatre

 

IMAGINE making eight series of Two Pints of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps, quite possibly the worst sitcom of the last decade. And for all that time, being capable of doing so much more. 

In two hours, Sheridan Smith, the blonde one (not the even more irritating curly haired one from Two Pints of Rubbish), galloped up in my expectations. 

This whole show hinges on her and she excels. There can’t be many West End actors who work harder than her, carrying every scene she’s in, which amounts to most of them. Forget Duncan James, the Blue singer who drew alleycat groans of delight from what seemed like a 95 per cent female audience when he first appeared. Smith is the star, fantastic as Elle Woods, the pretty in pink sorority girl who ditches a shopping obsession, make-up and velour tracksuits to study law. 

She blags her way into Harvard in the hope that Duncan will take her seriously, only to learn – you guessed it – that there’s more to life   

than how pretty you are and whether you have a pair of hot pink knee high boots or not. 

This silly story, taken from the hit film, is padded out with a silly sub-plot about former EastEnders actress Jill Halfpenny’s hairdresser   

Paulette and her own  search for romance. 

But the silliness is wonderful escapism, a  burst of colour which only the worst grinch would growl at. 

The down side is the lack of truly memorable songs. In this regard Legally  Blonde is a bit like Hairspray-lite, matching that other West End show for brash wit but not in the number of infectious tunes. It doesn’t matter too much, as Smith transforms even the weakest songs into animated set-pieces. She deserves the laurels she will get for this – you should see this show before she moves on to something else. 

Booking to May 23 • 0844 209 1805
RICHARD OSLEY

 

 

Comments

Legally Blonde

I don't mind it being American - I really love Legally Blonde the Musical and I'm sad it's closing

Legally Blonde

I really liked Legally Blonde the Musical, and I'm sad it's closing soon. Yeah, it doesn't change the world with its message, but it has good songs, and is just feel-good fun.

Legally Blonde

Yes I agree with you on the lack of memorable songs - and it is oh so typically American isn't it? But you can't help but enjoy that at the same time, there's a real vibrancy to the show right from the off. Incidentally, I hated the film, and was dreading it when my sister told me she wanted to go, but it turns out Legally Blonde the Musical is in far better shape on the stage than it is in the cinema.

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