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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2010
the original broadway recording of this show has become one of my favourite soundtracks and is probably one of the most listened to on the ipod, so I was very excited when I heard they planned to release the london recording as well but at the same time wasn't sure what to expect. Laura Bell Bundy had done such a fantastic job playing Elle Woods that I found it difficult to imagine that I would enjoy someone else stepping into her shoes. Not only this but Laura Bell has an incredible voice and the Legally Blonde score is no easy feat to conquer so I was again unsure as to whether Sheridan Smith would be able to match the vocal standard that Laura Bell had set.

I wasn't at all disappointed. Sheridan Smith is fantastic in the role of Elle and her vocals are amazing. Her voice is very different to that of Laura Bell which I personally love- Sheridan's voice has an amazing tone to it and her voice carries a weight that adds a warmth to the vocals that I haven't heard very often. Again, Sheridan has easily been able to match Laura Bell Bundy's ability to act incredibly through song- for instance there's the bright and bubbly excitement and confidence that just builds and builds through "So Much Better" and yet in contrast there's the complete defeat evident throughout the title song "Legally Blonde"

Love love love this soundtrack if you're a fan of the OBC and not sure whether to buy this DO IT you won't be disappointed.

If you're a new comer to the musical then definitely buy this album the score is captivating and thoroughly enjoyable. Personal favourites from the soundtrack are So Much Better Legally Blonde and positive.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2010
The Legally Blonde London Cast Recording is mind-blowing! Sheridan Smith is utterly gorgeous and dominates the Show - of course she i s Elle Woods, so she just has to. But really, after seeing her seven times on stage at the Savoy Theatre I have to admit I love her Elle. Though Sheridan Smith is surely not the very best singer on earth, but altogether the way she sings is so catching and makes one fall in love with her. Moreover her acting is brilliant - but anyway ... this is just a CD ...
It is alive recording, so you have to reckon with sounds from the audience, but this doesn't really disturb but makes the whole feeling much better and vivid. Just in the end of the "Legally Blonde Remix" the clapping hands and shoutings from the auditory are a little bit too loud so that you barely can her the singers - or let's say not as good as you should to.
I prefer this Recording to the Broadway CD - especially because of the cast which I have seen several times, but compared to the Broadway recording there are less new parts which could have been put on this CD, just like the "Greek Chorus"-Part before "Positive", or "Scene of the Crime" or the "Omigod you Guys"-Reprise in Court. Though there are just very short parts they are real treasures for a Legally Blonde Fan.
But having a recording by you're favorite cast is fancy anyway.
Sheridan Smith - already discussed - is just terrific. The performance of Caroline Keiff as Vivienne is excellent as well. Her acting is just naturally and fits perfect for the role. Her vocal appearances are also gorgeous ("Legally Blonde Remix" "There! Right, there!"). I would admit she might not the best singer to be chosen for the role of Vivienne - but she can still handle this and blows the audience away - especially in the end of the "Legally Blonde Remix" - though of the also mentioned loud audience. She is the next highlight after Sheridan Smith. Duncan James's charming voice fits perfectly for the role of Warner, especially in "Serious". Alex Gaumond is one of the very highlights of the show, having one of my personal favorite male voices. He is just adorable. Jill Halfpenny's Paulette is both funny acting and good sining. Moreover remarkable are the marvellous performances of Ibinabo Jack as Pillar, Nadine Higgin as Judge and in other roles. Aoife Mulholland as Brooke is good but her understudy Tamara Wall seems to have even more than she has. Suzie McAdam as Enid and Andy Mace in different roles make the show sparkling as well as Amy Lennox as Margot and Susan McFadden as Serena.
Finally I can just say: Buy it! If you already have the Broadway Cast buy it as well. If you want to get a first impression and have not heard anything from Legally Blonde before buy the London Cast! For any lover and fan this is juts compulsory to buy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2010
Saw the show loved it, so pleased they got to record the original london cast they were brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2010
The fact that this was recorded live makes it even more perfect. I went to see the show and bought it from Amazon the same night!

Sheridan Smith and Alex Gaumond (such a gorgeous voice) are absolutely perfect as Elle and Emmett. This edition was recorded LIVE so you hear the cues into the songs and this reminds you of the story. Also, for those who haven't seen the show, it gives you a good idea of how great the show actually is. All songs are in it - 18 to be precise - and the quality (considering it was live and not a studio recording) is excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2010
If you are only purchasing one CD this year, make it this one. Legally Blonde the Musical is an uplifting, and joyous listen. Having a bad day? Pop this into your CD player, and instant happy. Sheridan Smith will blow you away with her fantastic vocal range/quality, with the rest of the cast brilliant as well. There isn't a bad song on the CD, which is an unusual statement for me to make. Favorite song would have to be "Blood in the Water." Peter Davison's voice is very easy on the ears, and experienced enough to convey the evilness of the character through the song, not an easy task. Everyone was fantastic!

Again, buy this...you won't be sorry. *snaps*
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2010
Can i give this 10 stars??? This CD is brilliant....I have not stopped listening to it and if you saw the show, this is a MUST. Sheridan Smith is excellent as Elle and the whole cast are fantastic. BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT. Do I sound a bit excited???
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on 16 August 2010
I've already reviewed the music itself on the Original Broadway Recording, so in this review I am merely aiming to compare this recording with the original. Firstly, this version, although recorded live, is a much better quality recording than the Broadway recording, which I often found to sound a little tinny on the vocals. Here, the sound is brilliant, and the orchestra especially sounds absolutely incredible. Also, the raw Live element and the sounds of audiences cheering and laughing at funny bits really do add to the recording. I thought the audience sounds would get on my nerves, but they really do help to recreate the buzz of the performance that the Broadway recording does not. This recording certainly isn't as polished as the Broadway version, but it sounds 20 times as good, and really does have that raw energy.

Sheridan Smith steals the show as Elle, although the big belting doesn't come quite as easily as it did to Laura Bell Bundy. However, Sheridan's voice has a weight and a charm that wasn't present in the original recording, making a sensational sound on the lead vocals. Jill Halfpenny also shines in this way as Paulette - although she hasn't quite got the vocals of Broadway's Orfeh, she really brings the character to life in a way that wasn't achieved by Orfeh. On that note, the new lyrics to Ireland and certain other songs are fantastic, and make the show even funnier than before and tighten those lyrics that weren't quite right in the original production.

Unfortunately there is only one thing that lets the recording down, and that has to be Caroline Keiff as Vivienne. Although Caroline settles into the role marvellously as an actress, her vocals simply aren't up to it. She attempts to sing in the original key which is far higher than her voice comfortably sits, especially during the Legally Blonde Remix, where her voice, although not out of tune, somehow seems as if she is trying to do an impression of a five year that's trying to sing in the style of Celine Dion after having local anaesthetic injected into her mouth, but if that voice appeals to you then you'll have no problem!

So why only Four Stars? Well, unfortunately there are some technical flaws. The biggest being in Take It Like A Man, where there is a jump in the audio halfway through the word "Prepare". It's only slight, but as a professional soundtrack, this recording should have been completely flawless, and it isn't. But don't worry - most people probably won't even notice it - however, once you've picked up the imperfections once, you'll hear them every single time you listen to the soundtrack. Seriously, though - DO NOT let it put you off.

It's not enough to take away any magic from this recording - a truly brilliant soundtrack that anyone who liked the show will absolutely love! You thought the Broadway recording was good? Think again - here comes Legally Blonde London!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2010
Ohmigod you guys?! You'll know what I mean if you've seen Legally Blonde The Musical.
It's a very quirky musical with great vocals from the likes of Sheridan Smith (2 pints of lager and a packet of crisps), Duncan James (Blue) and Alex Gaumond.
Bought this the day it came out and can't stop listening too it and replaying the musical in my head. If you haven't seen it....get yourself to London!
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on 7 January 2011
Amazing CD. The only problem for me was that within the soundtrack there are pauses in which you can hear the audience laughing. I haven't seen the play but I bought the soundtrack so I was closer to seeing it. I didn't like the audience laughing because I felt it interrupted the flow a bit. However it is a brilliant soundtrack and even if you haven't seen the musical it's simply amazing. I am not dissappointed in any way with this purchase. I've seen the movie with Reese Witherspoone so although I haven't seen the musical I know what happens and it's just nice to follow the plot with the soundrack. One criticism I would say on the whole is that it makes the character of Elle Woods seem more spoilt than she should be as she frequently throws tantrums in the musical but that could be just me.
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I loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2011
I have always loved musicals and was acctually a bit sceptical before I went to seecthis at the savoy! I was amazed it's upbeat and feel good! The dogs are fantastic, and Sheridan Smith rocks!! I love listening to the cd as it makes feel like I'm there watching it!!
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