Legally Blonde is a 2007 musical comedy by Laurence O`Keefe and Nell Benjamin. The film is based on Amanda Brown`s novel Legally Blonde and the 2001 film of the same name. During its broadcast in San Francisco, the musical featured a song called « Love and War, » but when it aired on Broadway, the song was replaced by what is now « Positive. »  Another predecessor of « Positive » was « Beacon of Positivity ».  Olivier Award-winning actress Jill Halfpenny, best known for her roles in the British soaps Coronation Street and EastEnders, is a stage and film actress known for her diverse roles. After competing and winning the BBC`s Strictly Come Dancing, she starred in West End productions such as Calendar Girls and Abigail`s Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The musical includes songs such as « Omigod You Guys », « Take It Like A Man », « Bend and Snap » and the title track. The creative team is rounded out by Associate Director Priya Patel Appleby, Assistant Music Director Chris Poon, Assistant Choreographer Alexzandra Sarmiento, Associate Director Amber Sinclair-Case and Music Director Katharine Woolley. The musical adaptation of Legally Blonde returns to London this summer with a surprisingly diverse cast. « An inclusive musical that embraces differences and diversity in its cast and attitudes, while celebrating a world that can change when people stick together. In the role of Emmett, Michael Ahomka-Lindsay has a graceful charm and the most tender voices. Carley Stenson, known for her role as Steph Cunningham in Hollyoaks, reprised the role of Susan McFadden`s Elle Woods towards the end of the series.
She went on to play Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical and other West End and UK productions including Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Les Misérables. « Another triumphant musical reinvention in the park. Dynamite Nadine Higgin as Paulette has a rich voice and spectacular timing, turning the musical`s craziest concept into a strange spectacle. Alistair Toovey was appropriately involved in himself when Warner and Vanessa Fisher gave his short story Squeeze Vivienne a kickass redemption » Peter Davison is best known for his role as the Doctor in the popular BBC series Doctor Who between 1981 and 1984. Since then, he has appeared in numerous roles on television, in Pat & Cabbage and Law & Order: UK, and has starred in West End shows such as Monty Python`s Spamalot and the award-winning revival of Gypsy with Imelda Staunton. A London revival took place from 13 to 2 May. It opened in July 2022 at the Regent`s Park Open Air Theatre. It was directed by Lucy Moss and choreographed by Ellen Kane.
It stars Courtney Bowman as Elle, Michael Ahomka-Lindsay as Emmett, Lauren Drew as Brooke, Vanessa Fisher as Vivienne, Isaac Hesketh as Margot, Nadine Higgin as Paulette, Alžbeta Matyšáková as Enid, Eugene McCoy as Callahan, Grace Mouat as Pilar, Alistair Toovey as Warner, and Hannah Yun Chamberlain as Serena.  Hesketh was the first non-binary trans person to play Margot and Matyšáková was the first non-binary trans person to play Enid in a professional production of the series, changing the character of Enid to match Matyšáková`s non-binary identity. Nadine Higgin has a varied stage CV ranging from musicals to Shakespeare. His credits include Shenzi in The Lion King, Cliff in Alan Bennett`s Allelujah and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night at Shakespeare`s Globe. « An exciting and fun musical night reimagined for 2022, with KILLER CHOREOGRAPHY, lots of laughter and lots of You-Go Girl affirmation. » She, believing that the blonde is the problem, decides to become a brunette. She goes to the Hair Affair salon, where she meets beautician Paulette, who, after advising Elle that all bad hair choices are motivated by love, tells Elle about her dreams of meeting a handsome Irishman (« Ireland »), and encourages her not to give up or minimize her personal qualities. In the living room, Vivienne, who is talking about a party planned for next Friday, gives Elle an unexpected invitation and tells her that it is a costume party. Paulette sends Elle dressed in a costume for the party with encouraging words (« Ireland (Reprise) »). Duncan James became famous as a member of the boy band Blue in the 2000s.
In 2007, he made his West End debut as Billy Flynn in Chicago and later appeared on ITV`s Dancing on Ice. In 2004 he recorded a single from Andrew Lloyd Webber`s musical The Woman in White and has since toured the UK with productions such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The musical was recorded in September 2007 and aired on MTV in October 2007. After that, a reality show aired that showed the audition for the next person to play Elle Woods on Broadway. The winner was Bailey Hanks, who starred from July 23, 2008 until the end of production on October 19, 2008. The finalist, Autumn Hurlbert, was Hanks` understudy. During the development phase of the musical, a demo recording of twelve songs featuring Kerry Butler and others like Elle was released. The demo included workbench versions of « There! Right there! » (called on the sampler « Gay or European »), « Blood in the Water », « Omigod You Guys », « Serious », « What You Want », « Legally Blonde », « Legally Blonde Remix », « So Much Better » and « Take It Like a Man », in addition to two songs that were not present in the final version of the show: « Beacon of Positivity » (which became « Love and War » for the previews and finally « Positive » for the final version of the show) and « Good Boy », a song instead of « Ireland ». The musical received mixed reviews, but was hailed as a fun and optimistic production. Ben Brantley, who reviewed the musical in the New York Times, wrote that the show was an « energetic, empty and expensive hymn to the glory of femininity. » He praised Laura Bell Bundy, saying, « She sings and dances perfectly, and she delivers silly lines as if she meant them. »  Clive Barnes, in his review in the New York Post, praised Heather Hach`s book, but criticized the « amorphous, synthetic, and incredibly empty music » and summed up the show as « an enjoyable, albeit noisy, night. »  Elysa Gardner wrote for USA Today that the musical was a « flattering trifle » and that the « cast ensures that events, no matter how condescending, are not irritating. »  Jeremy McCarter lamented in New York Magazine that the musical « evokes no memory of Tracy Flick, the student council activist who played Reese Witherspoon in Election before starring in Legally Blonde, » and wrote that the « manic drive » in Witherspoon`s performance in Legally Blonde was her favorite part of the film.  A new adaptation of the musical Legally Blonde will feature a diverse cast. The musical is based on the book and film adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon. Isaac Hesketh, who will play Margot, said: « As the first trans-non-binary person to play this role professionally, I can`t really put into words how grateful I am to take this big step in the history of musical theatre. » Award-winning actress Sheridan Smith began her musical comedy career in productions of Bugsy Malone and Into the Woods before appearing in television comedies such as Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Gavin & Stacey. Since her role in Legally Blonde, she has had an Olivier Award-winning role in Flare Path as well as Hedda Gabler, A Midsummer Night`s Dream and the revival of Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre.
The historical adaptation of the musical runs up to 2. July and tickets are available at the London Theatre Direct. « Ellen Kane`s choreography is fabulously playful. IRRESISTIBLE. After taking on the role of Serena in Legally Blonde, Susan McFadden reprised the role of Elle Woods in early 2011. Best known for her participation and winner of ITV`s Grease Is the Word, she played the role of Sandy in the brand new production of Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre. Other performances include Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk at Dublin`s Gaiety Theatre. She embarks on a drastic plan to win him back. But along the way, she discovers there`s more to love — and certainly Elle Woods — than it seems.
Directed by Lucy Moss, co-writer and co-director of the hit musical SIX, it`s time to lean in and grab it, folks! Legal Blonde is created by Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong (playwright), Cat Beveridge (music supervisor), Jean Chan (costume designer), Shanaé Chisholm (casting assistant), Natalie Gallacher CDG for Pippa Ailion Casting (casting director), Tony Gayle (sound designer), Phillip Gladwell (lighting designer), Ainsley Hall Ricketts (choreographer), Laura Hopkins (set designer), Barbara Houseman (voice and text and associate director of the season), Majella Hurley (dialect trainer), Ellen Kane (choreographer), Ingrid Mackinnon (seasonal: intimacy support), Lucy Moss (director), Priya Patel Appleby (assistant director), Chris Poon (assistant musical director), Alexzandra Sarmiento (choreographer), Amber Sinclair-Case (assistant director) and Katharine Woolley (music director). Legally Blonde premiered during pre-Broadway trials in San Francisco, California. In April 2007, the show moved to Broadway, where it received mixed reviews and disappointing sales.  Jerry Mitchell directed and choreographed. It stars Laura Bell Bundy as Elle, Christian Borle as Emmett and Richard H.