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Eurovision singer stars in Legally Blonde musical.

OMG you guys! Legally Blonde The Musical is coming to Nottingham.

EastEnders' Rita Simons, Lucie Jones, who represented the UK in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, and Bill Ward, star of Coronation Street and Emmerdale, will star in a major new UK touring production of the smash-hit Broadway and West End musical Legally Blonde The Musical at the Theatre Royal Nottingham from May 15-19.

Legally Blonde The Musical also has two dogs in the cast, a Chihuahua called Bruiser and another called Rufus, a big, brutish, dog that only its mother could love! In Nottingham, Horace, a three-year-old bulldog, who won the role following open auditions earlier in the year, will play Rufus.

Legally Blonde The Musical is an all singing, all dancing romantic comedy, and a funfilled, feel-good pink fest. College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods, doesn't take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

Based on the Reese Witherspoon film, Legally Blonde The Musical earned seven Tony nominations and 10 Drama Desk Award nominations during its Broadway run. In the UK it was nominated for five Laurence Olivier Awards winning three including Best New Musical, and was nominated for eight Whatsonstage Awards winning four including Best Musical.

Legally Blonde The Musical features music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the MGM motion picture.

Rita Simons (Paulette Bonafonte) is best known for playing Roxy Mitchell in BBC's EastEnders for which she has won numerous awards and is one of Britain's best-loved actresses.

Lucie Jones (Elle Woods) has most recently played Maureen in the 20th anniversary UK tour of Rent. Her previous theatre credits include: Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (Leicester Curve); Molly in Ghost (Asian Tour); Victoria in American Psycho (The Almeida); Meatloaf in We Will Rock You (International Tour); Kelly Byrne in The Prodigals (Edinburgh Festival); Cosette in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre, West End and O2 Arena). Lucie was a finalist in the 2009 series of The X Factor.

Bill Ward (Professor Callahan) is best known for his work on two of the country's leading soaps. He has recently finished three years in Emmerdale, playing farmer James Barton (Ross, Pete and Finn's Dad) for over 300 episodes, who met a gruesome, death at the hands of his emotionally volatile partner, Emma, in one of the biggest storylines of the year. Previously, he played the builder Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street, also for 300 episodes, who was murdered by his emotionally volatile partner, Tracy Barlow, in one of the soap's biggest storylines of the year.

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Bill Ward as Professor Callahan.

Lucie Jones stars in Legally Blonde.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Loughborough Echo (Loughborough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 2, 2018
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