Legally Blonde the Musical

Date 18th March 2016
Society Worthing Musical Theatre Company
Venue The Pavilion, Worthing
Type of Production Musical
Director Lee Payne
Musical Director James LeLean
Choreographer Rachel Apps

Report

Author: Jose Harrison & Judy Sawyer

It was with great regret that I was indisposed at the last minute and was therefore unable to go and see this exciting production but having spoken to Sally McDonald early in the evening she agreed that Judy Sawyer, who was coming with me, should attend in my absence.  She and my niece went and have put together a report between them.

‘Omigod you Guys’ what an outstanding start to this lively show! In fact it was lovely to have the opportunity see Legally Blonde which seems to have been a very popular choice if the packed auditorium was anything to go by. The opening impression of the set was wow, with slick and cleverly designed scene changes. The talented orchestra of 13 musicians produced some excellent and lively numbers very sympathetically to the principle singers, The choreography was great with just the right style, cleverly thought out and delivered with plenty of energy, especially from the greek chorus. The costumes where good on the whole, but I felt Elle should have had a few more changes of outfits, especially the accessories, shoes, hand bags etc, as she has a Masters Degree in Fashion. The principle girls were well cast and excelled in their roles with Charley Moyce playing Elle Woods, whose lovely singing and genuine character portrayal were a delight to watch. Chloe Holt playing Paulette Buonafonte, was outstanding with fabulous singing and an amazing sense of comic timing in her scenes with Kai Gillett as Kyle B O’Boyle. Mathew Collins played a relaxed Emmett Forrest and was enjoyable to watch. All the other principal members of cast, far too many to be named individually, performed their singing, acting and dancing with great enthusiasm. There were also many other smaller roles essential to the story line which were well interpreted. The feel of this show demands full-on singing in a modern style and as such there was a hardness in the chorus singing at times but all in all this was a credit to everyone working on a very demanding production.