Actress and singer Lucie Jones will play Elle Woods in Curve’s brand new production of the award-winning West End and Broadway musical comedy Legally Blonde which opens on 14 April, with previews from 11 April and running until 14 May (this is artistic director Nikolai Foster’s first musical at the venue). Jones rose to prominence on The X Factor in 2009 and has since appeared as Victoria in American Psycho (Almeida Theatre) and as Molly in Ghost (Asia tour).
The role of Callahan will be played by Ian Kelsey, who has previously starred as Billy Flynn in Chicago (West End) and was Dr Patrick Spiller in Casualty between 1998 and 2002. Jones and Kelsey will be joined by Danny Mac as Warner. Mac played Mark ‘Dodger’ Savage in Hollyoaks between 2011 and 2015 and his theatre credits include Wicked (West End). Jon Robyns (Chitty Chitty Bang, Bang, Memphis, Spamalot, Avenue Q) completes the cast as Emmett.
Foster said: “We are all delighted to have found such a brilliant leading lady and the perfect Elle Woods in Lucie Jones. Lucie not only brings bags of panache, style and fun to Elle, but also masses of humility and integrity. Alongside Lucie, we are thrilled to welcome a trio of exceptional leading men to Curve – Danny Mac, Ian Kelsey and Jon Robyns.”
Lucie Jones plays Elle Woods. Her theatre credits include Cosette in Les Misérables (West End and O2 Arena), Meatloaf in We Will Rock You (international tour) and The X Factor Arena Tour.
Ian Kelsey plays Callahan. His theatre credits include Danny in Grease (West End and tour), Same Next Year (Theatre Royal Windsor) and Kes (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Danny Mac plays Warner. His theatre credits include Apollo Victoria 80th Birthday Gala Performance (West End), Fly With The Stars (West End), West End At Home (Mayflower Theatre, Southampton) and Gavroche in Les Misérables (West End and UK tour).
Jon Robyns plays Emmett. His theatre credits include Enjolras in Les Misérables (West End and UK tour), Spamalot (West End), Memphis (West End), Avenue Q (West End), Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios), Road Show (Menier Chocolate Factory), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Last Five Years (Greenwich Theatre), Rent (English Theatre Frankfurt) and Miss Saigon (UK tour).
Nikolai Foster, artistic director of Curve, directs. For the company his work includes The Witches, Beautiful Thing, Richard III, Our Country’s Good and A Streetcar Named Desire. He was an associate director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, where his work included Bollywood Jane, Salonika, A Christmas Carol, Animal Farm and Sherlock Holmes – The Best Kept Secret. His other work includes Calamity Jane (Watermill Theatre and national tour), The Memory of Water (New Vic, Stoke and Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), The Good Person of Sichuan (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Merrily We Roll Along (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), The Diary of Anne Frank (York Theatre Royal and The Touring Consortium), As You Like It (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester), Macbeth (Singapore Repertory Theatre), Great Expectations (Palace Theatre Watford and English Touring Theatre), Flashdance (Shaftesbury Theatre), Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre), Kes (Liverpool Playhouse and The Touring Consortium), Aspects of Love (UK tour and South Africa), London Assurance (Watermill Theatre), and for Sheffield Theatres, Amadeus, Assassins and A Chorus Line. Foster’s production of Annie is currently on tour in the UK.
Sarah Travis is this orchestrator for Legally Blonde. In 2006 she won a Tony and Drama Desk Award for her orchestrations on Sweeney Todd, Eugene O’Neill Theatre, via The Watermill Theatre and Trafalgar Studios. Her recent credits as orchestrator and musical supervisor include Mack and Mabel (Watermill and West End), Privates On Parade (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Dick Whittington (Barbican), Fiddler On The Roof (2014 UK tour), The A to Z of Mrs P (Southwark Playhouse), Chess (UK tour and Toronto – winner of 2010 Touring Whatsonstage Award), Sunset Boulevard (four Olivier nominations and a transfer to the Comedy Theatre West End – the Watermill Theatre).
Nick Winston is the choreographer for Legally Blonde. His credits include Loserville (West End), Flashmob (West End), Horrid Henry (West End), Kiss Me, Kate (Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris), Annie (UK tour, South Africa and West Yorkshire Playhouse), White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Hired Man (St James Theatre), Calamity Jane (Watermill Theatre and UK tour), Sweeney Todd (West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Royal Exchange), The A-Z Of Mrs P (Southwark Playhouse), Water Babies (Curve), Merrily We Roll Along (Theatr Clywd) and Love Story (Minerva Theatre, Chichester).
Also in the creative team are designer Matthew Wright, musical director Bob Broad, lighting designer Ben Cracknell, sound designer Tom Marshall and casting director: Kay Magson.
Legally Blonde has music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach. The story is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and and the 2001 film of the same name.
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