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Review: Legally Blonde The Musical hits Belfast packed full of pink and heart

By Claire Williamson

'Oh my God you guys' - Legally Blonde the musical has hit Belfast and it will have you rushing home to practice your 'bend and snap' - and considering giving your wardrobe a pink update.

But don't underestimate this adaptation of the hit Reese Witherspoon movie - because behind the wash of pink and glitter - it also has a lot of heart.

It follows the girl power story of the beautiful sorority sister Elle Woods who is deemed not "serious" enough by her boyfriend Warner, as he heads off to Harvard Law School.

In order to win him back she puts down the credit cards and picks up the book and gets herself a place at the prestigious school.

But she soon learns that being true to yourself never goes out of fashion and finds her own way as she excels thanks to her hard work.

The shimmering show stars Rita Simons (EastEnders) as Paulette Bonafonte, Lucie Jones (Eurovision UK representative 2017, Rent, Les Miserables, Ghost, We Will Rock You) as Elle Woods and Bill Ward (Emmerdale, Coronation Street) as Professor Callahan.

The energetic cast breeze through their upbeat routines and songs - no-one more than the show's fitness extraordinaire Brooke Wyndham, the suspect in the murder trial, played by Helen Petrovna who doesn't seem to break a sweat, and certainly doesn't miss a beat, as she belts out Whipped Into Shape during a complex skipping rope routine.

Lucie Jones is a fabulous mix of sweet and powerful in her turn as Elle Woods with a voice that soars through the numbers with genuine feeling and warmth.

She also has fantastic comedic timing and goes through a range of emotions that has the audience in the palm of her hand.

Rita Simons is wonderfully endearing in her role as the salon owner who becomes friends with Elle - as they help each other on their journeys.

Her voice is amazing and she has the crowd clapping along in her ode to Ireland - which is as comedic as it is brilliant.

Fans of the movie will also love the quintessential Bend and Snap sequence.

And of course special mention has to be given to the canine stars of the show.

Elle's pup Bruiser enjoys 'oohs and aahs' during his star moments. While Paulette's rescued Rufus - which is played in each city by a local dog - stole the show in each of his appearances.

This is a fun, charming and extremely polished, fast-paced production which leaves the audience wanting more.

The show runs at the Grand Opera House Belfast from Tuesday February 27 until Saturday March 3 2018.

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