In the Press
Here’s what some of our critics had to say about our recent performances:
Being not only the first stage show I ever reviewed professionally, but also the only one I have done so in the trifecta of West End, touring and now amateur, Legally Blonde: The Musical holds a special place in my affections; my own sorority sister of musical theatre productions. From Sheridan Smith to Jennifer Ellison to Gareth Gates, and from the boards of London to the Midlands, I’ve seen it in just about every shape, form and incarnation possible. And what a joy to be able to laud Wolverhampton-based MUSCOM’s production, which also boasts being the UK amateur premiere, as just as infectious, feel-good and entertaining a romp as its professional predecessors.
MUSCOM were given the honour of performing the British amateur premiere of “Legally Blonde” and boy did they make a good job of it! It’s probably one of the best amateur performances that I’ve seen for while. Well done to everyone involved!
A sign of a good show is that it seemed to fly by and overhearing some of the amazing comments around me as people were leaving confirmed this. It would be difficult to mention the entire principle cast here as there were so many, but each and every one of them gave solid all round performances. It was a joy to watch.
It was a high energy performance from the talented 43-strong cast, featuring most of the favourite hits from the cult film, made famous by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. There were plenty of good comedy performances within the show.
The T-Birds were charming and likeable, while the Pink Ladies all impressed with their dance moves and most of all their voices, each one able to hold their own in solos. Special mention should be made of Holly Stringfellow in the role of Sandy, who delivered a near faultless vocal performance as she tackled some of the show’s trickier numbers including Hopelessly Devoted and Summer Loving.
The staging was impressive and equally so were the cast. Tom Winfield took the lead as ladies’ man Danny Zuko, he has a fantastic voice and did a brilliant job in the role. Holly Stringfellow took on the role of the sweet girl next door Sandy and did a superb job in conveying this role to the audience. The switch to ‘Sexy Sandy’ was also done with ease, and she looked like she was genuinely enjoying herself on the stage which was great to see. Her voice was fantastic, effortlessly belting out the classic “Hopelessly Devoted (To You)” and received cheers from the audience for this performance.
Occasionally when reviewing theatre professionally it is easy to lose sight of the passion, energy and aspirations that go in to practically every production regardless of scale, budget or location. Shows can be enjoyed, appreciated and lauded for their achievements, but it can take an experience like this vibrant, upbeat production of Footloose to serve as a reminder of the sense of camraderie, raw enthusiasm and unified excitement that company theatre really seems to celebrate and spotlight.
It was a special night for theatre, not just in the Midlands but for the entire UK as Wolverhampton Grand Theatre played host to Legally Blonde, writes Simon Stone.
Wolverhampton Musical Comedy Company presented the first ever amateur production of the musical, based on the 2001 film, starring Reese Witherspoon. The musical, known for its flamboyance, high-energy show routines and squeaky-voiced sorority girls however, isn’t all pink and fluffy – there is true heart and an important message behind it that focuses on overcoming pre-conceived ideas about appearance.
Wolverhampton Musical Comedy Company (MUSCOM) achieved something special tonight. They unequivocally blurred the lines between amateur and professional theatre. Taking on a musical as beastly and energetic as Legally Blonde deserves to be applauded. But to then pull it off with such style really is something to be proud of. Oh and did we mention, it’s the amateur premiere?
Denise Robinson is renowned for her dazzling choreography and this show proved to be no exception. Right from the off the show opened with high energy routines which were tiring just to watch! The show was pulsating from start to finish. Colourful costumes and stage set complimented the show very nicely.
All the principles actors were fantastic and well cast in their prospective roles, particularly the energetic Tom Winfield (Danny Zuko) and the very talented Holly Stringfellow (Sandy Dumbrowski) proving once again they both have some top singing voices in the area.
A musical based on the film starring Kevin Bacon, it is a simple story of a teenager transported from the big city to a small town where frivolities such as music and dancing are banned. The wayward teen must battle against the strict Reverend who controls the town and happens to be the father of the girl he likes. The stage version isn’t quite as risque as the film, but it certainly has its fair share of pelvic thrusts and teenage rebellion as the productions is full of 80’s pop anthems.
The production itself is most certainly full throttle and it has to be said that, although the story is based around a guy, the girls danced and sang with equal enthusiasm along side the boys last night. The four principal girls Ariel (Holly Stringfellow), Urleen (Niamh Allen), Rusty (Franchesca Fogoe) and Wendy Jo (Claudia Gilmore) gave an amazing rendition of that old classic “Hero” which brought thunderous applause from the audience who were kept both enthralled and laughing during the entire performance as an excellent script was teamed with some fabulous musical numbers.