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Fri 13 Jun 2008

Legally Blonde: Laura Bell Bundy leaves on 20 Jul,
winner of TV reality show begins
performances from 23 Jul

Laura Bell Bundy
as 'Elle Woods'

Tony Award Nominee, Laura Bell Bundy (the original Elle Woods) will play her final performance on 20 July 2008, in the Broadway musical Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Bundy will be replaced by the winner of MTV's "Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods" TV reality show, which broadcasts its final performance on 21 Jul 2008. The winner of the TV reality show will assume the role on Broadway from 23 Jul 2008.

On 2 Jun 2008, MTV premiered the reality show "Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods" to find a singer/ actress/ dancer to take over for Broadway star and Tony Nominated current lead 'Laura Bell Bundy.' The eight episode series (currently airing on Mondays at 10pm EST) provides a glimpse into what it takes to headline a musical as the contestants receive direction from the musical's creative team.

Hosted by Haylie Duff with special guest appearances by Broadway cast members, creatives and vocal coach Seth Rudetsky, the show's judges are casting director Bernard Telsey; Legally Blonde: The Musical's Tony Award nominated book writer Heather Hach; and original Broadway cast member of Legally Blonde 'Paul Canaan.'

The judges and Jerry Mitchell - not America - will decide who the next 'Elle Woods' will be. The reality show represents the musical's second venture with MTV. In the fall of 2007, MTV aired Legally Blonde: The Musical in its entirety and was subsequently nominated for two 2007-2008 Daytime Emmy Awards.

Legally Blonde: The Musical currently features Laura Bell Bundy in the starring role of 'Elle Woods', and also features Nicolette Hart (Brooke Wyndham), Christian Borle (Emmett), Orfeh (Paulette), Richard H. Blake (Warner), Kate Shindle (Vivienne), Michael Rupert (Professor Callahan), Tracy Jai Edwards, (Serena), Asmeret Ghebremichael (Pilar) and Natalie Joy Johnson (Enid).

Legally Blonde, The Musical opened at the Palace Theatre on 29 Apr 2008, following previews from 3 Apr and is currently selling tickets through to 12 Oct 2008.

The musical opened to mosty luke warm reviews: "High-energy, empty-calories." (NY Times); "Amorphous, synthetic and maniacally empty-headed music." (NY Post); "Easy, breezy amusement." (Star-Ledger); "As fleeting and superficial as highlights." (Usa Today); "Witty, insistently engaging, warp-speed musical comedy." (The Record); "Its not gr8 but itll make you LOL. IMHO, obvs." (NY Sun).

Legally Blonde, The Musical: Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone more "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

Legally Blonde is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, marking his Broadway directorial debut. Music and lyrics are by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe, and the book is by Heather Hach.

The production features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by ACME Sound Partners and musical direction by Alex Lacamoire.

Legally Blonde is being produced by Hal Luftig, Fox Theatricals and Dori Berinstein, in association with MGM Onstage, Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber


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