Faye has one elle of a time because legally, blondes have more songs

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OHMIGOD you guys! The award-winning musical Legally Blonde has arrived at the Edinburgh Playhouse, where it is now three nights into a two-week run.

Based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, this critically acclaimed musical won Best New Musical in the 2011 Whatsonstage.com Awards 2011 and went on to win three Olivier Awards.

College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School.

This all-singing, all-dancing, feel- good musical comedy takes you from the social whirl of California campus life to Harvard’s Halls of Justice with the West End’s brightest new heroine and, of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser. Legally Blonde debuted on Broadway in 2007, earning seven Tony Award nominations, ten Drama Desk Award nominations and an Outer Critics Circle Award.

For the first ever UK tour, Faye Brookes takes on the lead role of Elle, while Iwan Lewis plays Emmett, ex-Atomic Kitten Liz McClarnon is Paulette with Neil Toon as Warner and Dave Willetts as Professor Callaghan.

Brookes certainly has her work cut out for her - of the 18 songs in the show, her character Elle sings 16, as well as having 19 costume changes.

She says, “I’m so lucky to have this job where I get to perform in such a fantastic show.

“Being Elle Woods is the cherry on top of the cake, but having an incredible bunch of individuals to work with everyday is every leading lady’s dream come true.

“We are a little Legally Blonde family and I know that for the next year we won’t waste a second and willie enjoy every last minute performing to audiences around the UK.”

Legally Blonde, Playhouse, Greenside Place, until September 17, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £22.50-£59.50, 0844-871 3014

LIAM RUDDEN