REVIEW: Sunderland Empire’s ‘utterly hilarious’ Legally Blonde has ‘cheeky swagger, sexy moves’

A scene from Legally Blonde.
A scene from Legally Blonde.
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AN explosion of pink, blonde, and girl power – Legally Blonde The Musical is a must-see.

The show, based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film, is the Sunderland Empire’s Christmas show.

And, although it may not have a festive theme, it certainly got everyone in good spirits.

It tells the story of sorority girl Elle Woods (Faye Brookes) who follows ex-boyfriend Warner (Neil Toon) to Harvard Law School in the hope of winning him back.

Although the odds are stacked against her, Elle tries her best to become the prim and proper, more serious girl that Warner is looking for.

Brookes is fantastic in the lead role with an infectious enthusiasm that captured the audience from her first moments on stage.

The chemistry between herself and other main characters like Emmett (Iwan Lewis) and Professor Callahan (Matthew Kelly) was hilarious, dramatic and suspenseful in all the right places.

Liz McClarnon was brilliant as down-on-her-luck Paulette, making the audience hold their sides as she delivered classic one-liners and stunning vocals.

Lewis Griffiths, better known as Kyle the UPS guy, had ladies in the audience swooning with his cheeky swagger and sexy moves, which proved utterly hilarious.

With just too many highlights to mention and a superb cast, the show has to be seen to really be appreciated.

But one song that really stood out was the lively There! Right There! number.

Even by the end of the opening number, Omigod You Guys, it was clear that the audience couldn’t get enough.

As it’s the first ever UK tour of Legally Blonde, I highly recommend you take the chance and see it while it’s here.

It runs until December 31.

– Vicki Newman