Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's Legally Blonde, directed by SIX: The Musical co-writer and director Lucy Moss, released a highlights reel from the current production. The 1-minute video features Elle Woods actor Courtney Bowman's vocals on the Act 1 closing number "So Much Better" along with clips from throughout the musical. The London show began performances May 13 and will run through July 2. Read the reviews here.
The outdoor venue posted the compilation video on its Instagram account.
Recently, the show responded to a critic's "insensitive review" published in The Times. The review was accused of fat-shaming and transphobia. Since, the venue announced a policy stating that those who fail to comment "with respect and sensitivity" will be banned from the theatre.
Joining Bowman in the diverse cast is Michael Ahomka-Lindsay as Emmett, Lauren Drew as Brooke, Vanessa Fisher as Vivienne, Isaac Hesketh as Margot, Nadine Higgin as Paulette, Alžbeta Matyšáková as Enid, Eugene McCoy as Callahan, Grace Mouat as Pilar, Alistair Toovey as Warner, and Hannah Yun Chamberlain as Serena.
The production includes an ensemble that includes Gabriela Benedetti, Lucca Chadwick-Patel, Jasmin Colangelo, Allie Daniel, Joe Foster, Dominic Lamb, Esme Laudat, Liam McEvoy, Billy Nevers, Ashley Rowe, Shakira Simpson, Biancha Szynal, and Paulo Teixeira, who is also the dance captain.
The story follows Elle Woods, a sorority member who enrolls at Harvard Law after her ex-boyfriend breaks up with her, proves herself to many and stays true to her character along the way in this musical adaptation of the film starring Reese Witherspoon. It includes music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach, based on the novel by Amanda Brown. The production reunites Bowman and Moss, who recently earned Tony nominations for co-writing and co-directing the Tony-nominated pop musical SIX.
For tickets, visit OpenAirTheatre.com.