Get Your Wigle On’s Legally Blonde is off to a fine start, having opened at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn last night.
The musical is of course based on the 2001 film of the same name and tells the story of UCLA sorority girl, Elle Woods, who is heartbroken after her boyfriend Warner dumps her when she had been expecting a proposal. Determined to prove that she is serious enough to win him back, Elle enrols at Harvard Law School where she immediately clashes with her new peers but makes a friend in the kind teaching assistant, Emmett.
Get Your Wigle On is a truly talented company, the entire cast is fantastic and, as always, the acting, vocals, and dancing are all spot on.
Rhian Ellis positively shines as the peppy Elle and Ross Wigley is perfect as Emmett, with both giving charming performances. Emily Floyd-Riley is also hilarious and raises plenty of laughs as hairdresser, and Elle’s new confidante, Paulette.
The production boasts several energetic performances which are a joy to watch thanks to the superb and slickly performed choreography. “Whipped Into Shape” is a highlight, featuring an impressive amalgamation of singing, dancing, and skipping ropes. The Delta Nu sorority Greek chorus (led by Hannah Bowen Hope Newman and Molly Jennings, in the roles of Serena Margot and Pilar) adds to the fun, bursting into scenes with upbeat numbers including “Positive” and “Bend and Snap”. There’s also great comedy in the performance of “There Right There”, which was hugely entertaining and had the audience both cheering and laughing.
Bright and unabashedly feel-good, this production is great fun and absolutely does the original justice. Legally Blonde will be at Theatre Severn until Saturday, so don’t miss out and be sure to book your tickets now.
Review by: Jenna Feasey