Meet Legally Blonde’s Lucy Du­rack.............................

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S Aus­tralia’s lead­ing lady of mu­si­cal the­atre, Lucy Du­rack, 30, knows all about hav­ing fun – and yes, it does de­pend on hair colour.

On the eve of the Bris­bane pre­miere of her lat­est stage show, Legally Blonde, Du­rack says daz­zling and dizzy are two dif­fer­ent looks.

‘‘I’ve been a few colours in my life­time and I can safely say that blondes have more fun. Yet more of­ten than not peo­ple think that brunettes are smarter than blondes – or at least more se­ri­ous,’’ Du­rack says.

Legally Blonde chal­lenges the out­dated stereo­type that blondes can’t be smart as well as eye-catch­ing.

Based on the 2001 ro­man­tic com­edy star­ring Reese Wither­spoon, the mu­si­cal re­counts the story of Elle Woods, who pur­sues her ex boyfriend to Har­vard Law School to prove her in­tel­li­gence. There she en­coun­ters a colour­ful cast of characters who ex­ceed all the ob­vi­ous first im­pres­sions and teach Elle there is more to life than chas­ing lost love.

‘‘ Legally Blonde is about say­ing don’t judge a book by it’s cover and look deeper within be­cause peo­ple will sur­prise you,’’ Du­rack says.

‘‘There’s al­ways some­thing else to be found and there cer­tainly is in this show. It’s a lot of fun.’’

Du­rack re­sumes her long-time chem­istry with cos­tar Rob Mills, the pair shar­ing love sto­ries twice in the award-win­ning Wicked! and the Cin­derella mu­si­cal Into The Woods. Du­rack says she pushed her­self to the lim­its for

Legally Blonde by stick­ing to a tough regime of pi­lates and a strict diet. She sings 16 songs back-to-back and her only time out from the spot­light is for sev­eral rapid cos­tume changes.

‘‘It is like a marathon. I don’t sit down once and there’s no room for toi­let breaks and barely room to have a sip of water,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s really full on and I’ve never done any­thing like it but it’s a really ex­cit­ing chal­lenge. I’m lov­ing it.’’

An avid fan of the orig­i­nal film, Du­rack has le­gal cre­den­tials to add to her act­ing skills, hav­ing started a law de­gree af­ter she fin­ished school – only that time her hair was dyed brown.

Legally Blonde plays the Lyric The­atre at QPAC, in Bris­bane, from tonight un­til April 21.

Legally Blonde.

Lucy Du­rack as Elle Woods in

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