Judges go bark­ing mad for lit­tle Deniro

Evening Times - - NEWS - By JENNESS MITCHELL

THE Theatre Royal went bark­ing mad as au­di­tions were held to find a Glas­gow dog to take a lead role in Legally Blonde the Mu­si­cal.

Hope­ful pups lined up to au­di­tion for the part of Paulette Bon­a­fonté’s dog Ru­fus in the show, which will run at the King’s Theatre be­tween April 23 and 28.

A Bri­tish bull­dog was the pre­ferred breed how­ever other dogs were wel­come to ap­ply if they had a “brutish na­ture.”

Among the 12 dogs se­lected to au­di­tion at Theatre Royal on Valen­tine’s Day were Bri­tish bull­dogs, a chow chow and a husky.

Each pooch had five min­utes to im­press the judg­ing panel which was formed of David Bar­rett, as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of Legally Blonde, He­len Petro­vna, who will play Brooke in the show, and Robyn Davis, from the King’s and Theatre Royal.

The judges then se­lected the fi­nal three pooches be­fore call­ing them back to make a choice on the ul­ti­mate can­di­date.

The three fi­nal dogs were Deniro from Nether­burn, Tia from East Kil­bride and Guin­ness from Pe­nilee, all of whom were bull­dogs.

The stand­out con­tes­tant for the judg­ing panel was bull­dog Deniro thanks to his laid­back at­ti­tude.

David said: “We had a great turnout in Glas­gow and we were very im­pressed with the tal­ent each dog had.

“It was an in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion but we unan­i­mously de­cided on Deniro due to his fan­tas­tic re­laxed tem­per­a­ment in the ex­er­cises dur­ing the au­di­tion. We can’t wait to wel­come him to the Legally Blonde com­pany upon our ar­rival in Glas­gow.”

Deniro’s owner, An­nis Sweeney, said she was thrilled and that this would be Deniro’s stage de­but.

She added: “He has al­ways been very laid­back. He’s like this all the time, it’s in his na­ture.

“He loves be­ing around the peo­ple so he’ll have a great time with the Legally Blonde cast.”

Deniro will star along­side East­End­ers’ Rita Sim­mons, Euro­vi­sion singer Lu­cie Jones, Em­merdale’s Bill Ward and, of course, Elle’s dog Bruiser.

Legally Blonde the Mu­si­cal tells the tale of col­lege sweet­heart and home­com­ing queen Elle Woods who doesn’t take no for an an­swer.

When her boyfriend dumps her for some­one more se­ri­ous, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Har­vard Law School while prov­ing that be­ing true to your­self never goes out of style.

Based on the Reese Wither­spoon film, Legally Blonde the Mu­si­cal earned seven Tony nom­i­na­tions and 10 Drama Desk Award nom­i­na­tions dur­ing its Broad­way run.

In the UK it was nom­i­nated for five Lau­rence Olivier Awards, win­ning three in­clud­ing Best New Mu­si­cal. It was also nom­i­nated for eight What­son­stage Awards, win­ning four, in­clud­ing Best Mu­si­cal.

Hope­ful pups lined up to au­di­tion for the part of Paulette Bon­a­fonté’s dog Ru­fus in the mu­si­cal

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