Saturday, 14 November 2015

Preview: Legally Blonde at Newcastle Tyne Theatre

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Newcastle’s Amateur Premiere
of Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde
Newcastle Tyne Theatre & Opera House
Tuesday 24th – Saturday 28th November 2015

Newcastle will be turning blonde as a north-east theatre company takes to the stage with the region’s amateur premiere of the smash-hit musical Legally Blonde.

Cheryl Moody and Chi-Chi who play Elle Woods and Bruiser
Photo: Adrian Jackson
West End Musical Theatre Company will be performing the musical based on the popular film, which tells the story of Elle Woods as she makes her way from sorority sister to legal high-flyer.  Elle makes the move to Harvard Law School once she realises her boyfriend is dumping her for someone more ‘serious’.  Elle, played by Cheryl Moody, even considers turning brunette but is dissuaded by beautician Paulette, played by Nicola Hewett.

Alex Easten (Emmett), Cheryl Moody (Elle), Kevin Rhodes (Warner)
Photo: Adrian Jackson
The cast of north-east performers will be entertaining audiences all week from Tuesday 24th –Saturday 28th  November at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre & Opera House and the show even features two dogs – a chihuahua named Chi-Chi, who plays the role of Elle’s pal Bruiser and a bulldog called Patsy who plays Rufus, Paulette’s canine friend.

Cheryl Moody as Elle Woods
Photo: Adrian Jackson
The iconic role of Elle Woods, played by Cheryl Moody is not an easy task and Cheryl, despite having taken lead roles before says it’s the most demanding part to date that she’s taken on. Cheryl said “I loved the movie as a child and when I realised there was a musical version I couldn’t wait to audition for the role of Elle!”

Cheryl, who works as cabin crew for Thomas Cook airlines already had the flowing blonde locks needed for the part and the similarities don’t end there. She added “I love playing Elle and to be honest, I don’t find it too difficult.  I am a very girly girl, I own a chihuahua, I love pink and I have been known to be a bit dizzy at times!”  As the lead role, Cheryl also gets to perform great numbers such as ‘Take it Like a Man’, ‘So Much Better’ and ‘Legally Blonde’. 

Elle’s love interests are Warner, played by Kevin Rhodes and Emmett, played by Alex Easten.  Elle is advised to follow her heart when it comes to love in Paulette’s powerful, moving and funny song ‘Ireland’.

Nicola Hewett who plays Paulette and
Cheryl Moody who plays Elle with their
on-stage dogs Patsy, who plays
Rufus, and Chi-Chi, who plays Bruiser.
Photo: Adrian Jackson
The theatre group, based in Newcastle, pulled off a remarkable coup when they gained the licence to perform the north-east amateur premiere of the show.  Ken Anderson, Managing Director of West End Musical Theatre Company says: “We were delighted to obtain the exclusive amateur performance rights for the north east for this musical hit Legally Blonde, prior to its general release in 2016.  The show includes memorable music with great lyrics, lots of dancing and plenty of energy.”

Elle Woods and her sorority sisters.
Alisar Taylor, Mel Hodgetts,
Cheryl Moody (who plays Elle Woods),
Melanie Tate, Jobeth Maddison
Photo: Adrian Jackson
Legally Blonde is on at the Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road, Newcastle.  Performances are nightly at 7pm from Tuesday 24th until Saturday 28th November, as well as matinee performances at 2pm on the Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets can be booked online at, by calling 0844 2491000 or in person at the Tyne Theatre box office.

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