Something strange happened to me today. I found myself humming the opening song from Legally Blonde. Why, I wondered? Is it because of what I found out yesterday? I have only seen it once, and that was reluctantly.
Time warp back to last October in London, the Les Miz 25th Anniversary production at the Barbican. As always, Les Miz was terrific in all aspects. John Owen-Jones was great as Valjean. Being Les Miz there were a lot of hankies used that day. One women behind us was sobbing very loudly at one point. My other half, who was not a fan of the show by any stretch gave a quick appraisal: excellent, but heavy. So, that evening we decided to try a lighter show. Attempt one was innocent in hindsight, optimistically believing tickets for The Lion King might be got at 6pm Sat evening. Although seeing the quaint sandwich board standing outside the BO telling all that there were no seats left was worth the visit. That left us wandering the streets of London, when suddenly an outstretched arm is barricading my way - hers. I followed her gaze across the road and saw it: pink. She grinned. I sighed. They had tickets, she grinned more, I sighed again. After buying merchandise (although to her credit she did resist the toy Chihuahua in a bag), we took our seats, and then a strange thing happened....
I really enjoyed it. The second Act opener with skipping ropes was very impressive. In all it was a good, and funny evening.
Return to last night, browsing the net and coming across the Olivier Nominations for this year, winners to be announced 13th March at Drury lane, and even I was heard exclaiming: Omigod you guys!
You see, not only is Legally Blonde nominated for Best Musical, but also Best Actress in a Musical ( Sheridan Smith), Best Actor in a Musical (Alex Gaumand), Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Jill Halfpenny) and Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell). You know, it might even win, although I think Love Story might pip them at the post. The rest of the competition is:
Best New Musical
Legally Blonde - The Musical
Love Never Dies
For the rest of the nominations check out the webpage.
PS That day at Legally Blonde - The Musical the dangers of low rise jeans came home, as a guy a few rows in front stood up, his jeans stayed down and we got an eye full of leopard print underwear high above the low rise. Priceless!