Theatre Review: Legally Blonde – An Elle Of A Story, Or Seeing The Woods For The Fees


Bruce Dennill

Writer. Reader. Singer. Songwriter. Believer. Likes to learn.

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Bruce Dennill


Legally Blonde / Directed by Sharon Spiegel-Wagner / Redhill School, Sandton, Johannesburg

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This production of Legally Blonde had some hurdles to overcome up front. Some in-house staff changes meant the team behind the show was settled later than was initially planned. In addition, the musical is a tricky piece of work, with challenging music and lyrical phrasing by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and the stage offers – or so it appears from the stalls – like a very narrow space in which the 45-strong (yes!) cast are required to do their work.

So it’s pleasing to see what an impressive job director Sharon Spiegel-Wagner, set designer Nadine Minaar, musical director Tate Mhunduru, choreographer Phillida Le Roux-Liebenberg and the rest of the team have done in getting the show not only up and running, but to an excellent standard. Particularly notable is the apparent confidence of everyone on stage: there will have been plenty of old-fashioned…

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