Review: Legally Blonde, York Grand Opera House

Maya Tether as Elle Woods
Maya Tether as Elle Woods

Maya Tether is one “Elle ” of a performer; a pocket dynamo who wowed us as Tracey Turnblad in York Stage Musicals’ Hairspray, and who continues to impress, playing the lead role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde at York Grand Opera House.

I’ve seen two professional productions of this musical and I have say that York Stage more than hold their own alongside the professionals – no mean feat.

Director Nik Briggs, choreographer Lesley Hill and musical director Stephen Hackshaw have worked brilliantly together as a team, and along with their talented cast, have pulled all the stops out to produce a show fizzing with fun.

The live orchestra was a joy to listen to, with principals and the company taking complicated musical numbers in their stride, engaging the audience with their confident, polished performances. Whipped Into Shape and the infamous Bend and Snap were particular highlights.

Elle might have given the impression of being a frothy female, but she showed her mettle as she overcame all sorts of obstacles to emerge triumphant, a strong, independent lady, proving to be more than a match for her hard hearted boyfriend Warner, Matthew Ainsworth,and a good friend to brassy, but vulnerable hairdresser Paulette, Jo Theaker. Her loyalty to “sister” Brooke Wyndam, Liz Nicholson, was rewarded with her moment in court.

Review by Julia Pattison