Review: Legally Blonde, The Musical, King’s Lynn Players, Guildhall

King's Lynn Players to stage Legally Blonde, pictured is Bryony Ding ANL-160920-112415001
King's Lynn Players to stage Legally Blonde, pictured is Bryony Ding ANL-160920-112415001
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Omigod You Guys ... this is something to be savoured from the King’s Lynn Players.

The musical adaptation of the Reese Witherspoon rom-com, which starred Sheridan Smith in the West End, tells the unlikely but highly entertaining tale of Elle Woods (Bryony Ding), Valley Girl sorority queen who moves from Malibu to Harvard Law School in a bid to win back Warner (Matt Dack), the man who rejected her for her lack of “seriousness”.

But, of course, the path of true love never ran smooth and along the way Elle meets Emmett (Ross Woodhouse) and hair salon philosopher Paulette (Jo Sherry) and even comes to like her nemesis, Warner’s new girlfriend, Vivienne (Ashton White).

She also has to do battle with her law tutor Callahan (Anthony Maley).

This is a fine ensemble piece from the Players, with Ross Woodhouse playing his sympathetic character in a winning manner. Emily Penman-Lee is also very good as murder suspect Brooke.

And Jo Sherry is fantastic as the gutsy Paulette who finally finds love with the hunky mailman Kyle (Josh Chilvers).

But this show very much falls on the strength of the lead character and Bryony Ding is simply superb. Hardly off the stage for the entire evening, she again gives ample evidence of her musical and acting talent.

Director Sharon Fox really keeps it moving along at pace while a big thumbs up to the spare but effective set design and the excellent costumes but most of all to the orchestra - excellent. Oh, and they have dogs too, Bruiser and Rufus, for the aah factor.

Legally Blonde is one of those Broadway musicals which it is probably fair to say has a lot of good, rather than great songs, with words that are almost too clever for their own good – quite a lot of American references that even in the US audiences may struggle to pick up on, But there is plenty to enjoy too. Elle and Emmett were a stand out with Chip on My Shoulder and I loved an ensemble comic piece, Gay or European.

Legally Blonde, which is sponsored by the Lynn News, continues until Saturday 7.30, with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday too.

Mark Leslie