Legally Blonde, the hit musical comedy based on the film starring Reese Witherspoon, starts previews in London tonight for what is said to be a limited run through March after an official opening in January. I doubt that will be the be-all and end all for the West End run of the show, which features musical and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach.
Director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell recreates his effective Broadway staging of the show for this new production, which stars Sheridan Smith as Elle Woods, with Duncan James as Warner and Alex Gaumond as Emmett. Other lead roles are taken by Susan McFadden, Aoife Mulholland, Peter Davison and Jill Halfpenny.
Legally Blonde is a great contemporary musical comedy, with a smart book and a memorable score. I’m glad to see it going places. The official site for the show is here.