You guys! It was time for yet another trip to the Savoy Theatre to see the equally talented and lovely Stephen Ashfield (and the rest of the cast, of course) in Legally Blonde.
This show has to be the ultimate feel good piece of theatre around. I always end up with the songs stuck in my head and I just love how clever the lyrics are despite the rather “light” character of the whole show.
Carley Stenson once again delivered a good performance as Elle. She will never be my favourite Elle (that spot is shared by Sheridan Smith an Susan McFadden) but I do think she fits the part and it’s great to see her add little bits and pieces to her portrayal now and then. It shows that she is still working on and developing the character – something I always appreciate.
Stephen Ashfield – what can I say about the guy that I haven’t already mentioned? I loved Alex as Emmett and I didn’t think anyone could ever properly replace him. But Stephen has done just that and has definitely made the character his own. His Emmett is cheeky and lovable and I can’t help but have a smile on my face whenever he appears on stage.
Never mind the slight glitch during “There! Right there!”…. it made me laugh for sure so thank you Stephen for the extra entertainment. Ha!
I was so glad the fabulous Jane McMurtrie was on for Brooke again. She is by far my favourite person in the role (and in any other part I’ve seen her in so far). I sometimes wonder how she does it though – that woman definitely is super swing! Besides being on for Brooke she also played Elle’s mum during act one (yes, they were short on cast once again).
Ben Freeman does nothing for me as Warner I have to say. I always feel as if he doesn’t take his part seriously and therefore kind of ridicules Warner by completely over-acting the character.
I love Ellie Kirk’s Margot and Lucy Miller’s Serena. In fact Lucy was my favourite Serena right from the start (I was lucky enough to see her understudy the part on one of my first ever visits to the show). Abiona Omonua’s Pilar hasn’t really found her way into my heart yet. She’s a bit over the top in her interpretation if you ask me.
Highlight of this performance has to be Ruthie Stephenson as Paulette though. Oh my God, how amazing is she?! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I really don’t like Natalie Casey’s Paulette. So I’m always happy to see an understudy and most of the times that has been Sorelle Marsh who so far was my favourite Paulette right after Jill Halfpenny. I’m saying “was” because that spot has been taken over by Ruthie now. She managed to get all the laughs without ridiculing the character and her Paulette was so utterly lovable that I wanted to hug her after “Ireland” (which was sung beautifully – the high note at the end was incredible!).
Big shout out for Chris Ellis-Stanton who IS Kyle – simple as that. I’ve seen different understudies over the year and while none of them was bad they all weren’t Chris either.
And I’d like to say that I really, really want to see Lincoln Stone’s Professor Callahan again. I do think Peter Davison does a great job but Lincoln was absolutely fantastic on that one occasion I got to see him.
Legally Blonde is one of those shows I can watch over and over again… when I really like the cast. And with few exceptions I do like the current cast a lot. So, bring on the next visit!
For more info on Legally Blonde and to book tickets go to: http://www.legallyblondethemusical.co.uk