My first thought when I heard Legally Blonde was being made into a stage musical was OMG!
I’ll admit, I was dubious - even with Australia’s best performers putting up their hand to join the cast.
But I went in open minded.
The first five minutes of the stage show is — honestly, just annoying. It’s your stereotypical over-the-top American sorority-cheerleader-girls drawl of singing where initially I struggled to catch every second word, and I asked myself if I could put up with it for another two hours.
I was worried the best part was going to be Elle’s dog Bruiser who stole the show in that first five minutes.
But then, the movie is the same.
But as you keep watching, what results is a smart, sassy and downright fun movie with a strong message — and I’m glad to say so is the musical.
The storyline has been translated well on to stage, backed up by some solid Aussie performances.
The songs are clever and engaging and the energy on stage is contagious.
Rob Mills is perfect as the charming, selfish and arrogant Warner, who prompts Elle to move to the opposite side of the country and enrol at Harvard Law School to prove to him she can be a ‘Jackie’, and not the ‘Marilyn’ he labels her.
She had big shoes to fill with Reese Witherspoon ‘‘coining’’ Elle Woods, but Lucy Durack (Wicked) is perfect as Elle as the sorority Queen with the heart of gold.
In addition to a wonderful presence on stage, her performance as Elle is as relateable and likeable to the audience as Witherspoon’s.
Erika Haynatz (model and TV presenter) as aerobics DVD Queen Brooke Wyndham is a stand-out.
She delivers an impressive skipping rope routine that — scuse the pun — never skipped a beat. She definitely held her own on stage.
Stage stalwart Helen Dallimore is hilarious as Elle’s new loveable confidante Paulette — of course the movie’s trademark ‘Bend and Snap’ routine is a hit on stage.
Cameron Daddo may have aged, but he's a delight as the charismatic but immoral law lecturer Professor Callahan, and David Harris as Elle’s love interest, Emmett, was sweet.
And the creators were not afraid to make fun of themselves: there’s the hilarious Riverdance parody and Paulette's UPS man (insert blue music here) — who was soon an audience favourite and played up to it.
So for a fun night, grab your girlfriends and your daughters and have a fun night at the theatre — Legally Blonde The Musical is an absolute romp!