The theater was full of girls; And that is how it is supposed to be. Naturally blond is an intentionally silly and sentimental girly show about girl power.
Amanda Brown’s novel was made into a film starring Reese Witherspoon in 2001, leading to the 2007 Broadway musical. Music and lyrics are by Laurence O’Keefe and Neil Benjamin. The book is by Heather Hach.
The musical had its London premiere in 2010, starring Sheridan Smith. Twelve years later there’s an update and Lucy Moss Lager, cheesy, all-squeaky production is in pink, and when I say pink, I literally mean pink.
The show is very loud. Annoyingly, the singers were miked in such a way that the funny lyrics cannot always be heard in the ensemble numbers.
A young man (Alistair Toovey) who goes to Harvard Law School dumps his girlfriend (Courtney Bowman) because she isn’t serious enough. She follows him to Harvard and becomes a lawyer. There, with the help of a much nicer young man (Michael Ahomaka-Lindsay), she plays a key role in a murder trial, saving a wrongly accused man from jail.
The court drama is funny and has one of the best numbers on the show, gay or european?
The casting is notable for its inclusiveness, not just racial but sexual, spanning all genders, all sizes and all shapes. And everyone will love the dogs played by humans.
But I suspect that very soon, canines and BARK, The Canine Union, will object to actors playing dogs when so many dogs are out of work.
Courtney Bowman has a strong presence and smashes her songs with aplomb. Lauren Drew has a huge impact on audiences. Michael Ahomka-Lindsay has a lot of charm.
Ellen Kane’s choreography is extremely energetic. The climax is whipped into shapesung by Nadine Higgins while actually skipping the rope at incredible speeds.
Naturally blond has a mission statement and quotes Shakespeare no less: “Be true to yourself and it must follow, like night follows day, you can’t be wrong with anyone.”
The show is great fun. girls will love it. Keep squeaking.
Robert Tanitch reviews Legally Blonde at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London
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