Lee Mead Heads to the Savoy Theatre
The Former Joseph Star Appearing in the Savoy’s Legally Blonde
Ever since it was crowned Best New Musical at the Laurence Olivier Awards earlier this month “Legally Blonde” has barely been out of the spotlight and now it finds its way into the news once again with a high profile casting choice. It has just been announced that Lee Mead, famous to audiences as the former talent-show winner that landed the title role in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, will be stepping into the role of Emmett from June 2011.
The Savoy Theatre’s famous musical opened its doors at the venue in December 2009 and has since become enormously popular. Its success led directly to its win at the Laurence Olivier Awards in March, where it won Best New Musical and its former Elle Woods, Sheridan Smith, won the award for Best Actress in a Musical, with the Best Supporting Actress in a Musical also landing in the hands of the former supporting-star Jill Halfpenny. So the casting of Lee Mead is only going to add to the abundance of people already flocking to witness the acclaimed show, bringing ever more people to the West End’s Savoy Theatre.
Mead appeared in the BBC talent search “Any Dream Will Do” back in 2007, a show that is a part of the same series as “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?”, “I’d Do Anything” and, more recently, “Over the Rainbow”. It landed him the lead role in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, his breakout role following a career that had seen him appear in the touring versions of west end shows like “Miss Saigon”. Since his appearance in the production he has since starred in “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” on a UK tour and Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
Audiences arriving at the Savoy Theatre will witness a story about a girl making something of herself against all the odds in “Legally Blonde”. Elle Woods is excited about her evening out with her boyfriend at the start of the show, convinced he is going to propose, but when he breaks up with her for not being serious enough she is left devastated. But Elle is not going to let this get her down and when she pulls herself together she ditches the credit cards and proves that she can be as serious as the next girl by signing up for a place at Harvard Law.
The Savoy Theatre remains the home of Legally Blonde, which is currently booking to Saturday 31st March 2012.