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Blonde musical debut pulls in the stars

TV presenter Graham Norton, actor David Tennant and X Factor runner-up Stacey Solomon braved treacherous weather to attend the gala opening of Legally Blonde The Musical.

Antony Costa and Simon Webbe were also there last night to support their Blue bandmate Duncan James, who plays the male lead in the stage show at the Savoy Theatre in London.

Television star Sheridan Smith plays Elle Woods, the part made famous by Reese Witherspoon in the 2001 film on which the musical is based.

The musical tells the story of shopping-obsessed Elle who hits the books to become a lawyer after being dumped by her boyfriend Warner, played by James.

Earlier Smith, who sings 16 of the show's 18 songs and has 19 costume changes, used Twitter to say she was feeling nervous about tonight's show.

"Argh! Official opening night tonight! Nervous but really excited!" she wrote.

The musical opened in Broadway in 2007 and gleaned seven Tony Award nominations.