Legally Blonde the Musical

Music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, book by Heather Hatch
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Assembly Rooms

Vanessa Campbell as Elle Woods Credit: Robert McFadzean

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has a sure-fire hit on its hands this year with its high-energy, superb show Legally Blonde performed in the splendour of the Assembly’s Music Hall.

It’s a story about blonde Elle Woods (Vanessa Campbell) whose boyfriend Warner (Joey Mulligan) ditches her as he goes to Harvard Law School. Elle is determined to follow in his footsteps to win him back and to prove that she is the sort of girl that his family would approve of for him to marry.

Her journey is arduous but she does get accepted and although she has to change her ways and study hard she becomes the top student and gets an internship with a leading law firm run by the bullying Professor Callahan (Max Weinberg).

Warner has found a new girlfriend, Vivian (Jocelyn LoSole), which shatters Elle’s confidence but with the help of Emmett (James Dawoud) she rebuilds her life and what an adventure it is.

Directed with élan by Alexandra Spencer-Jones with stunning, inventive choreography (Lainie Baird), this fast-moving production has the hardest working ensemble I’ve seen at the Fringe this year. The sheer dynamism and enthusiasm of the cast is infectious and boy can they sing and dance—they must be exhausted by the end.

Vanessa Campbell is simply outstanding—a star in the making. But the whole hard-working generous company shine.

The set, costumes and staging are truly impressive and special mention to the unseen band who are excellent.

Despite the early 10AM start, this show will raise your spirits and set you up for the day. Most certainly not to be missed. Bravo!

Reviewer: Robin Strapp

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