I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of musicals (apart from Grease, which is the exception that proves the rule). I am however, a big fan of the Legally Blonde movie and my mates are massive fans of both. So when we were offered press tickets to the opening night of the show at Whitley Bay Playhouse it was a meeting of minds, of sorts.
Based on the novel and the hit-movie of the same name, Legally Blonde: The Musical chronicles the journey of the famously perky Elle Woods, a fashion-savvy, UCLA sorority girl who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner. In an effort to prove to Warner that she is more than just some blonde sorority girl, she follows him to Harvard Law, where she struggles to fit in and do well. Ultimately, she defies expectations and manages to stay true to her delightfully pink personality.
I’ve never been to the Playhouse before and was really impressed as a venue, it’s small enough to feel intimate but large enough to get a good atmosphere going. Considering it’s an AMDRAM performance the Whitley Bay Operatic Society were exceptionally professional. Particular standout performances were Elle, Paulette and the four girls in the Greek Chorus (who were my personal favourites – so funny!).
As I say I’m not a massive musical fan especially the kind where practically everything is sang (as is the case with this show) however the songs are really witty and current, if you were ever a fan of Glee you get the idea. It’s pure unadulterated cheese, but it’s well produced, funny cheese, rather than the kind that gives you nightmares.
Sophie, who came with me and has seen the touring production before said:
I was very impressed. For just over £16 a ticket I got a show that was good value for money and a step above your regular AMDRAM. You could tell that everyone put a lot of effort into it from the sets to the dancing. There were a few slip ups (such as the dropping of a skipping rope) but I think that added to the charm of the performance. My stand out performance was Paulette – great vocals, acting and humour.
I’ll be honest, if something has ‘operatic’ in the title I’m likely to bow out early, thanks to being dragged to the opera once in Verona when I was 13 – quite possibly the most boring 4 hours of my life. However, I would happily go and see another production by the Whitley Bay Operatic Society. As long as they don’t do Carmen.
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Review Written by Helen Newman from https://honestlyhelen.com/
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