Legally Blonde The Musical heads to the Rhyl Pavilion

A little while back you may have seen us post about the news that Legally Blonde The Musical had set up “Dog” auditions for the upcoming show.

Starring Rita Simons as Paulette Bonafonte who is best known for playing Roxy Mitchell in BBC’s EastEnders for which she has won numerous awards and is one of Britain’s best-loved actresses. She won Most Popular Newcomer at the National Television Awards and other awards and nominations include Best Newcomer at
the Digital Spy Soap Awards.

Legally Blonde Bret Shiels, Craig Tyler, Felipe Bejarano, Rita Simons (Paulette Bonafonte)

Legally Blonde Bret Shiels, Craig Tyler, Felipe Bejarano, Rita Simons (Paulette Bonafonte)

Along with Rita the show also stars  Lucie Jones as Elle Woods, who represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Never Give Up On You’. Lucie is currently playing Maureen in the 20th anniversary UK tour of Rent. Her previous theatre credits include: Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (Leicester Curve); Molly in Ghost (Asian Tour);
Victoria in American Psycho (The Almeida); Meatloaf in We Will Rock You (International Tour); Kelly Byrne in The Prodigals (Edinburgh Festival); Cosette in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre, West End and O2 Arena). Her TV acting credits include Melody Carver in Midsomer Murders (ITV); Louise in The Sarah Jane Adventures (BBC). Lucie was a finalist in the 2009 series of The X Factor.

Legally Blonde The Musical 2017-18 Hair Affair 3 Rita Simons 2nd left (Paulette) Lucie Jones centre (Elle) Laura Harrison 3rd from right (Vivienne)(1)

Legally Blonde The Musical 2017-18 Hair Affair 3 Rita Simons 2nd left (Paulette) Lucie Jones centre (Elle) Laura Harrison 3rd from right (Vivienne)(1)

Bill Ward plays Professor Callahan, Bill is best known for his work on two of the country’s leading soaps. He has
just finished 3 years in Emmerdale, playing farmer James Barton (Ross, Pete and Finn’s Dad) for over 300 episodes, who met a gruesome, death at the hands of his emotionally volatile partner, Emma, in one of the biggest storylines of the year. Previously, he played the builder Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street, also for 300 episodes, who was murdered by his emotionally volatile partner, Tracy Barlow, in one of the soap’s biggest storylines of the year.

Legally Blonde The Musical 2017-18 Bill Ward (Professor Callahan)(1)

Legally Blonde The Musical 2017-18 Bill Ward (Professor Callahan)(1)

With the Auditions over for the new dog stars of the show, Legally Blonde The Musical has two dogs in the cast, a Chihuahua called Bruiser and another called Rufus, a big, brutish, dog that only its mother could love! Bruiser is already cast and will be on the road but producers have decided to hold auditions for ‘Rufus’ in every town and city on the tour.

Legally Blonde The Musical is an all singing, all dancing romantic comedy, a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest. College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

Legally Blonde Harvard Essay 1 Lucie Jones (Elle Woods) centre and company Photo Robert Workman

Legally Blonde Harvard Essay 1 Lucie Jones (Elle Woods) centre and company Photo Robert Workman

Based on the Reese Witherspoon film, Legally Blonde The Musical earned seven Tony nominations and 10 Drama Desk Award nominations during its Broadway run. In the UK it was nominated for 5 Laurence Olivier Awards winning 3 including Best New Musical and was nominated for 8 Whatsonstage Awards winning 4 including Best Musical.

Other cast for Legally Blonde The Musical are David Barrett (Emmett), Liam Doyle (Warner), Laura Harrison (Vivienne), Helen Petrovna (Brooke), Ben Harlow (Kyle), Nancy Hill (Enid), Rebecca Stenhouse (Margot), Delycia Belgrave (Pilar), Rachel Grundy (Serena), Lucyelle Cliffe (Elle’s Mom), Rosie Needham (Kate Chutney), Alexandra
Wright (Leilana), Sally Frith (Gaelen), Mark Peachey (Elle’s Dad/Winthrop/Dewey), Michael Hamway (Aaron), Felipe Bejarano (Sundeep/Nikos), Brett Shiels (Grand Master Chad), Connor Collins (Carlos), Emma Prosser (Swing), Craig Tyler (Swing) and Bruisey (Bruiser).

Legally Blonde The Musical, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach, based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the MGM motion picture is playing at the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre from the 24 October to 28 October. Tickets available from www.rhylpavilion.co.uk or the Box Office Box 01745 33 00 00.

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