OMIGOD you guys! Breaking news was received overnight, that Legally Blonde The Musical, will close in Sydney in January.
There is no word yet from inside the camp, as to whether the production will then tour to other capital cities or if it's fallen under the same sword as it's Sydney Lyric predecessor, An Officer and a Gentleman.This production received closing notice less than four weeks after opening night and closed a mere 3 weeks later.
Legally Blonde, starring a who's who of Australian music theatre, including Lucy Durack, David Harris and Helen Dallimore, opened to rave reviews just last month. Since then, audience numbers have dwindled, with some of the best seats in the house being sold for just $30, as part of their ticket lottery.
All this begs the question, where are the audiences? Why are major musical productions closing so soon and some being shelved before they even see the light of day? (Next to Normal being one).
Is it Sydney? Is the scope just not there to open and sustain such productions? Would Australian firsts and world premieres, do better to open their season in Melbourne?
We'll bring you updated news as it comes to light and whether this spells the end of Legally Blonde in Oz or if other cities will get to see this fun, vibrant, warm-hearted musical.
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UPDATE: Legally Blonde cast member Darren Tyler tells us that Legally Blonde was always due to to close in Sydney at the end of January, but there was a possible extension in to March. No word yet on a Melbourne Launch but talks of a Brisbane season to be launched in a few weeks. Stay tuned!