Entertainment

Chalk it all up to experience,
They said i’d fail but i disagreed
Who could say then where my path would lead?
…it’s not up to me 
Just let me be legally blonde.

I’ve seen the film a couple of times and when I learned that they’ve turned it into a musical, I hoped that one day it will reach the shores of Sydney and stage here. It took awhile for that to happen and when it did, I resisted the temptation to read reviews and even listen to the soundtrack. Since this show originated from a movie, I wanted to experience the musical with only that knowledge that it was from a movie. I wanted to experience it with raw appreciation and a fresh perspective.

Legally Blonde (The Musical) is a fun and entertaining show that will remind you how great it is to have girlfriends who will always be there to share the highs and lows of your life, get over the man who broke your heart, fall in love again (with the right man this time) and celebrate the uniqueness in you. It’s such a refreshing musical that will leave you a feeling of warmth and positivity plus a certain fondness for the colour Pink 😀 (LOL).


The Songs. They’ve got catchy and easy to “sing-along with” songs. My favourites are “Omigod You Guys”, “Serious”, “Chip On My Shoulder”, “Legally Blonde” and “Find My Way”.
Legally Blonde (The Musical)
Legally Blonde (The Musical)
The Cast. It was great to see Lucy Durack, Rob Mills and David Harris together on stage once again. I saw them when we watched “Wicked” and they were the perfectly casted for the roles of Elle Woods, Warner Huntington III and Emmett Forest respectively. Lucy was a natural “Elle”, Rob was charming and David’s presence was very engaging. I was highly entertained by Helen Dallimore (who played Paulette) as she brought the house down with her singing and dancing and Erika Heynatz (who played Brooke Wyndham) as she captivated all of us with her strong voice, great stamina and stage presence.

The Production. The production design was well-executed as there were a lot of scene changes. The stage was colouful and added life to every scene.

We sat on second row and it was freakin’ awesome! I usually wear glasses when watching shows but I didn’t have to. The orchestra below the stage was well-within sight too. Kudos to my friend Rachel for getting the best seats. 
Legally Blonde (The Musical)
Legally Blonde (The Musical)
I was lucky to snap a photo of the main cast as they did the final curtain call. Note that I only used my Lumix GF1 with 20mm lens to capture this and yet it turned out clear enough. This was how close we were to stage.  The main characters (from left to right): Prof. Callaghan, Brooke Wyndham, Warner Huntington III, Emmett Forest, Elle Woods and Paulette.
Legally Blonde (The Musical)
Personal: Watching “Legally Blonde” is our way of celebrating the birthday of our dearest friend Rachel. It was a very apt way to celebrate her birthday as she is very fond of watching musicals like me and our other friend Hilda. I got her Adriano Zumbo‘s “Happy Birthday” cake and had a Din Tai Fung dinner before the show. Experiencing “Legally Blonde” was more fun and special because I watched it with two of my dearest friends. We ended the night having our favourite gelato at Messina and a walk at Darling Harbour.
Legally Blonde (The Musical)
Legally Blonde (The Musical)
Legally Blonde will stage at the Lyric Theatre of The Star until 27 January 2013. Check out their website http://www.legallyblonde.com.au/ for details and tickets or buy directly from Ticketmaster.

It was my first time to watch a ballet performance and I was so excited at the thought of being inside the theatre and watch a show I’ve never seen before. I went with tweethearts Jo and Pen on Friday night who were all first timers as well.  Since the show was at 8pm, we orchestrated an early dinner meet-up with the whole Tweethearts gang at Westfield Sydney.

Arrived at Westfield Sydney at 5pm, dropped by the Nespresso Boutique then went up to Level 5 to meet with everyone. While everyone started with dinner, I was the only who made a quick run to Via del Corso for some Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter macarons and a cup of long black. On night outs such as these, I can’t skip my afternoon tea as I need it to stay awake til at least 12 midnight. I rarely need coffee in the mornings because I’m a morning person but it’s in the afternoon that I need a little caffeine kick to sustain whatever energy I may have during the day til evening.

While I was savouring my macarons and coffee, the Husband started bringing dinner to our table. He had his favourite American Hautedog and Chips from Snag Stand and then a little later, He brought me my Breaded Chicken and Fried Egg Rice from Din Tai Fung.

We had an hour and a half to catch up but it felt like minutes. Ang dami talagang kwento!!! Kulang ang oras.  And to think that we all talk fast! LOL.  But we’re grateful nonetheless.  At least sa maliit na paraan, naisingit ang pagkikita kahit sandali lang.

Russian Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

We marveled at the exquisite beauty of State Theatre when we arrived at a few minutes to 8. It was overwhelming to see exquisite details of their ceilings, walls, chandeliers and statues adorned in every corner. The theatre was old but well-maintained.

Russian Ballet: Sleeping Beauty
Russian Ballet: Sleeping Beauty Russian Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

According to our friend Pen, Sleeping Beauty is one of the most watched ballets in history. The music was written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the original scenario was conceived by Ivan Vsevolozhsky and the choreographer of the original production was Marius Petipa {source}. The show had three acts and lasted almost three hours.
While some parts were a bit dragging and may have induced a few yawns (hello, classical music! nakakahele kaya! and I think that is still a compliment haha), over-all it was entertaining. The production was simple but the costumes and tutus of the ballerinas were very colourful. We were a bit disappointed that there wasn’t a real orchestra especially that the sound system of State Theatre seemed ancient (and at one point it stopped! que horror!). The dancers moved gracefully and I swear I looked closely if they’d missed a beat or make a mistake, especially in unified acts, and they didn’t (if they did, I was probably busy yawning). The Prima Ballerina who played Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) was an enchanting presence on stage.  She illuminates! Another character that I fancied was the man who played Blue Bird (he was dressed in blue and according to the program he was a bird). He was really fantastic. 

I have such high respect for ballet dancers and every time I see them dance perfectly, I know that for every step and position, it took them hours of practice and huge amounts of discipline to get it right. Sleeping Beauty may not be a perfect production but I commend them for giving us a good show on Friday night.

To watch a ballet production such as Sleeping Beauty is quite an honour because the show has been running since 1890. I’m glad I had a chance to watch it with friends and appreciate the art of ballet even more. 
The Sleeping Beauty production ran in Sydney for only four days from 30 August to 2 September and it was directed by Evgeny Amosov.

If you happen to pass by The Galeries (500 George Street, Sydney), a mini-Batman Exhibition is currently on-going to promote the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.  The film will be shown in theatres starting tomorrow.

For those who would like to avail free tickets, visit The Galeries and shop a minimum of AUD$70.00 and you will have a chance at getting double passes to the movie.  Details, terms and conditions can be found here. Promo runs from 10:00am of 16 July to 6:00pm 31 July, or when all stocks of the gift has been depleted (whichever comes first).

The exhibition showcases not more than 10 photos when I dropped by The Galeries.  Here are some photos  for your viewing pleasure.