Legally Blonde at Curve – Tupele Dorgu cast as Paulette

Tupele Dorgu

Tupele Dorgu joins the cast of Curve’s production of Legally Blonde as Paulette

The full company for Curve’s production of the award-winning West End and Broadway musical comedy Legally Blonde includes Tupele Dorgu who joins the cast as Paulette.

Dorgu joins the previously announced Lucie Jones as Elle Woods, Ian Kelsey as Callahan, Jon Robyns as Emmett, Danny Mac as Warner, Natalie Hope as Brooke, Phoebe Street as Vivienne and Francesca Hoffman as Margot. The cast is completed by Jack Harrison-Cooper (Harrison), Cristina Hoey (Serena), Darren Bennett (Dad), Jamal Andreas (Sundeep Padamann), Natalie Woods(Enid), Rachel Stanley (Mum), Rebecca-Jayne Davies (Kate), Martin McCarthy (Carlos), Genesis Lynea (Pilar) and Lawrence Robb(Aaron). The production opens on 14 April, with previews from 11 April, and runs until 14 May 2016.

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).

Tupele Dorgu plays Paulette. Her theatre credits include Educating Rita (Garrick Theatre), Chicago (UK tour); Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre), Teechers (Wakefield Theatre), Noises Off (Liverpool Royal Court); Three Minute Heroes (Belgrade Theatre) and La Cage Aux Folles (English Theatre Frankfurt).

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 ThingRichard IIIOur Country’s Good and A Streetcar Named Desire. He was an associate director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, where his work included Bollywood JaneSalonikaA 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, AmadeusAssassins 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 Roo(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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