Gentlemen Prefer Blondes gets a rare London revival at the Union Theatre with a vibrant young cast that revitalises this Broadway and Hollywood classic. It's "classy, sassy and perfectly performed" - no wonder it's received no fewer than six Offies nominations, including for its two leading ladies. We've rounded up some of the review highlights. Time to get booking!
Based on Anita Loos’ best-selling 1925 novel of the same name, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is the delicious story of a platinum-crowned gold-digger from Little Rock, Arkansas and her escapades to find herself a rich man. Lorelei Lee is a beautiful showgirl engaged to ‘sugar daddy’ Gus Esmond, much to the disapproval of Gus' rich father, who thinks Lorelei is just after his money. Lorelei and her best friend Dorothy Shaw embark for France on a cruise ship, aboard which the women attract many admirers. Who’ll end up with who?
The musical first opened on Broadway in 1949, making a star out of Carol Channing, and was famously made into the 1953 film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee and Jane Russell as Dorothy Shaw.
At the Union, Abigayle Honeywill stars as Lorelei and Eleanor Lakin as Dorothy, with Freddie King, George Lennan and Aaron Bannister-Davies as would-be suitors as well as Maria Mosquera, Tom Murphy, Virge Gilchrist, Ashlee Young, Arran Bell, Esme Bacalla-Hayes, Florence Beaumont, Jasmine Davis, Jo Bird, Lewis Rimmer, Liam Dean, Patrick Cook and Stephen Loriot.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes has music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Leo Robin and a book by Joseph Fields and Anita Loos. Its songs include “It’s High Time”, “I’m Just a Little Girl from Little Rock”, “Sunshine”, “I’m A’Tingle, I’m A’Glow”, “You Say You Care”, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and the title number.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes runs from 2 to 26 October 2019 at the Union Theatre, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £15-22. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
#Offies #NewNoms (1/2) for âGentlemen Prefer Blondesâ at the Union Theatre @TheUnionTheatre: FEMALE PERF IN A MUSICAL Abigayle Honeywill @abii_honey; FEMALE PERF IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL Eleanor Lakin @EleanorLakin & Ashlee Young @AshleeYoung_x - congrats! pic.twitter.com/73Oj1KToOY— OffWestEnd / The Offies (@OffWestEndCom) October 11, 2019
#Offies #NewNoms (2/2) for âGentlemen Prefer Blondesâ #gentlemenpreferblondes at the Union Theatre @TheUnionTheatre: CHOREOGRAPHY Zak Nemorin @zaknemorin; MUSICAL DIRECTOR Henry Brennan @HBPianist; MUSICAL PRODUCTION - congrats! pic.twitter.com/HBstWxuYV7— OffWestEnd / The Offies (@OffWestEndCom) October 11, 2019