|Sheridan Smith as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde|
Sheridan Smith & Duncan James Lead Legally
Date: 21 April 2009
As previously tipped (See The Goss, 16 Feb 2009), Sheridan Smith will star as Harvard Law student Elle Woods in the West End premiere of Broadway screen-to-stage musical Legally Blonde, which has now officially announced its dates at the Savoy Theatre (See News, 1 Apr 2009), where it will open on 12 January 2010 (previews from 5 December 2009) and is currently booking until 23 May 2010.
The musical, which premiered on Broadway in April 2007, is based on the 2001 Hollywood comedy in which Reese Witherspoon played California sorority girl Elle who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School in an attempt to win him back. Also as expected, Smith will be joined in the West End cast by ex-Blue pop star Duncan James as Elle’s heartbreaker college sweetheart Warner and Alex Gaumond as her new love interest Emmett (See The Goss, 16 Mar 2009).
Sheridan Smith (pictured as Elle) was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical at both the Whatsonstage.com and Olivier Awards for her last musical role as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, which opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory before transferring to the West End. Her other stage credits include Bugsy Malone, The People Are Friendly, Ancient Lights, Tinderbox, The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For the past two years, she has also co-hosted, with James Corden, the Whatsonstage.com Awards Concert. She’s best known for her TV credits including Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Grown Ups, Love Soup, Benidorm, The Royle Family, Lark Rise to Candleford and Jonathan Creek.
Sheridan Smith as Elle Woods
Duncan James as Warner
Since leaving Blue, which had 40 number ones worldwide, Duncan James made his West End debut playing Billy Flynn in Chicago and, in 2007, was a finalist on Dancing on Ice. Alex Gaumond’s many credits include Sunday in the Park with George, Desperately Seeking Susan, Guys and Dolls, The Full Monty, Kiss Me Kate and We Will Rock You, in which he stars as Galileo on the current UK tour.
Legally Blonde is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, a previous Whatsonstage.com Best Choreographer Award winner for Hairspray and The Full Monty. It has a book by Heather Hach and music and lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe. Songs include “Ohmigod You Guys”, “Serious”, “The Harvard Variations”, “Whipped into Shape”, “Find My Way” and the title number.
The London production is designed by David Rockwell, with costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighting by Kenneth Posner and Paul Miller, sound by ACME Sound Partners and orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke. It's produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Robert G. Bartner, Ambassador Theatre Group, Jamie Hendry Productions and Act Productions.
In the US, Legally Blonde closed on 19 October 2008 on Broadway but has since launched an extensive, two-year nationwide tour. International dates in Japan and Canada are also soon to be announced.
- by Terri Paddock
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|omg i hugged sheridan smith at the end of the musical !!! she was great and is a really nice person !!! - anna elston||14 Apr 10|
|Please vote and see the show in London its fantastic. The cast are amazing and I had such a fantastic night I'm going to buy tickets to see the show again next month. - Karen||06 Dec 09|
|Hi all' just wanted to let you know that we at www.urbanpup.com supplied the outfit you can see on Bruiser and we will be supply the show with all their doggie clothes and accessories, so if you have a small dog you know where to come for you Bruiser outfit which is exclusive to Urbanpup.com - Brian Kennedy||26 Jul 09|
|I LOVE SHERIDAN SMITH - Rory Hern||23 Apr 09|
|Great to know this Show is coming on and great fan of both Sheridan Smith and Duncan James, so can't wait to book to see this. - Joe Spiteri||22 Apr 09|
|blue did have 40 number 1's WORLDWIDE!!!!! read it - Sophie Woodward||21 Apr 09|
|Are you quite sure that Blue had "40" number ones. - Parsley||21 Apr 09|
|The ROYLE Family - J||21 Apr 09|
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