Legally Blonde – The Musical
Opera House, Manchester
Until September 22

The pink, fluffy, fabulous world of Elle Woods burst into life on Tuesday for the opening night of Legally Blonde — The Musical.

Packed with Americanisms, high-pitched squeals and over-the-top characters, this is a show that could have the potential to be quite annoying.

But thanks to the magnificent quality of the singing, dancing, acting and the undeniably catchy songs, this is a must-see show for anyone who wants a fun, girlie night at the theatre.

Faye Brookes plays Elle who follows the love of her life, Warner, to Harvard Law School after he dumps her. The result is a hilarious, toe-tapping, heart-warming journey through love and law.

Faye shone as Elle, bringing warmth, humour, vigour and spot-on dance routines to the role.

Former Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates impressed as Warner Huntington the Third, the object of Elle’s affections.

Ex-Brookside actress Jennifer Ellison put in a strong performance as Paulette, Elle’s hairdresser pal who befriends a parcel delivery chap who is worth keeping an eye out for.

Iwan Lewis is adorable as the Elle’s fellow student Emmett Forrest and Andy Mace puts in a great number, Blood In The Water, as stern Professor Callahan.

Great songs, dance moves and outfits, what more could a girl need? Ah, throw a couple of cute acting pooches into the mix and the show is complete.

Even the programme is more entertaining than usual, with a foreword by comedienne Miranda Hart who makes the case for Legally Blonde and why you should never judge a book by its cover.

Kit yourself out in pink and sparkly hairclips for a feel-good night of fun.