We fade to . . . pink

WITH a touch of pizazz, a sprinkle of humour and a lot of pink Legally Blonde is making its Scottish premier in Glasgow.

The all-singing, all-dancing, feel-good musical comedy previewing at the Theatre Royal is the most fashionable ticket in town.

But controversially it’s a natural brunette who has been cast as the story’s lead character, the fabulous Elle Woods.

Faye Brookes is the first actress without blonde locks to win this coveted part.

She told Live: “I wear a wig in the show and it’s fantastic. The moment it’s on I’m her.

“It’s one of the most demanding roles I’ve ever played.

“I think I’ve cried every day in rehearsal. Everyone has knocks in life, just like Elle, but it’s how you get up from those knocks and carry on that counts.

“So many people can relate to that. It’s a great feel-good story and a dream of a part to play”.

Elle was made famous by Reece Witherspoon who played the character on the big screen.

The college sweetheart and homecoming queen 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.

Legally Blonde The Musical will take audiences from the social whirl of California campus life to Harvard’s Halls of Justice with the brightest new heroine – and of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser.

James Haworth, general manager at the Theatre Royal, said: “I am extremely proud we have been chosen to host the Scottish premiere of the tour.

“The theatre can’t wait to welcome the show to the city and kick off the Scottish leg of the tour in spectacular style.

“It will be a highlight of Glasgow’s cultural offering this autumn and one of the hottest tickets in 2011”.

Atomic Kitten’s Liz McClarnon stars as Paulette, Phantom of the Opera’s Dave Willetts takes the role of Callaghan while Hollyoaks’ Neil Toon dramatises Elle’s boyfriend Warner.

The show is on from Tuesday to September 3 at the Theatre Royal with showings at 7.30pm and Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

For tickets (from £18.50) call 08448 717 647.