Hi all! Welcome to the Legally Blonde Blog, otherwise known as the OMIBlog!
We’re continuing the SMP tradition of the blog to bring you the news and updates as we bring our next show to life. And what a show it’s going to be!
For those who don’t know Legally Blonde the Musical, it’s based on the 2001 film staring Reese Witherspoon, the musical debuted on Broadway in 2007 and collected seven Tony Award nominations, it then arrived in the West End in 2009 and won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. It’s a brilliant show, laugh out loud funny one minute, tear jerkingly tender the next, stock full of amazing characters and brilliant songs. And so I get the enormous privilege of directing – which is hugely exciting. Especially as I get to work with the magnificent Jo Bakhurst and Fay Kemal as choreographers, and the fabulous Kate Sanders and Simon Payne as Musical Directors.
So we came to read through and were blown away by the number of people who were interested in this show. We’ve never seen so many people at a read through for a show, which rather shows how good this one is!
And then we came to auditions. Well, in all my years I’ve never seen so many people give an audition, and what a standard! Everyone brought their A-game. It was lovely to see lots of new faces as well as our SMP regulars and the standard across the board was so so high.
We then had the tough task of trying to make some decisions. Because of the number of auditions and the high standards this took us longer than we’d imagined. So long in fact, we had to go into a different day!
In the end however, we finally made our decisions and our calls. It was tough and we know some inevitably had to be disappointed, but we are so excited by our cast. It really is an incredible collection of talent.
The creative team have a bunch of ideas as to how we’re going to put this show on stage and we can’t wait to start sharing them with our fabulous cast. First rehearsal is tonight, so now we really get started! OMIGOD you guys!!!!
Keep your eyes on the website as we’ll be bringing you updates from the cast each week with all the latest gossip from from rehearsals with the show blog #OMIBLOG!
Tickets for Legally Blonde are available already via the Millfield Theatre website and you can book by following the link below.