The Broadway production of Legally Blonde closes at the Palace Theatre on Broadway today. The ‘girl power’ musical, based on the Reese Witherspoon movie of the same name, will have played 595 regular Broadway performances when it ends its run this afternoon. Legally Blonde is survived by a national tour that is still scheduled to play through autumn 2009.
Bailey Hanks, the talented young lady who made her Broadway debut in Legally Blonde thanks to the MTV reality show “The Search For Elle Woods,” had the misfortune to learn that her Broadway run would end not long after it began, due to Blonde‘s impending closure on October 19. However, Bailey will bounce back quickly – not to Broadway this time, but to New Jersey. She will be playing Sharpay in the upcoming Paper Mill Playhouse production of that teenybopper sensation, High School Musical, opening in early November.
The bad economy appears to be taking a heavy toll on Broadway. In just a week’s time we’ve had closing announcements from Xanadu and [title of show], and now comes the word that Legally Blonde will have its final Broadway performance on October 19. Although the musical (based on the popular film of the same name) has managed okay during its year and a half run, Legally Blonde has had to resort to some high profile stunts in order to maintain ticket sales, such as participating in the MTV reality TV series “The Search for Elle Woods”. Legally Blonde will close at Broadway’s Palace Theater on October 19 having played 595 performances.
The MTV reality series Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods concluded last night, and the winner is Bailey Hanks! The bubbly 20-year old narrowly beat out the more experienced (and better-voiced) Autumn Hurlbert, who didn’t do quite as well at capturing Elle’s sorority girl sweetness. Both young ladies got to do their final audition with the Legally Blonde cast on the stage of the Palace Theatre, so director Jerry Mitchell was able to get a real sense of how they would perform in the show. We TV viewers did too and, considering how green a lot of the contestants appeared in the early stages of the MTV reality show, it was a relief to see that both winner Bailey and runner-up Autumn (who will be the Elle understudy on Broadway) performed quite well in the demanding role. The contest was actually decided months ago, so both have had ample time to continue training. With star Laura Bell Bundy having departed on Sunday, Bailey debuts on Broadway in Legally Blonde tomorrow, July 23. Meanwhile, contestants Rhiannon Hansen and Lauren Zakrin will join the cast of the Legally Blonde national tour.
The MTV reality TV show about the search for a new lead for the Broadway musical Legally Blonde is only on its second episode, so the winner is still unknown. However, it has been announced that the lucky lady will start performance in the Broadway show on July 23. The current Legally Blonde star, Laura Bell Bundy, will end her Broadway run on July 20.
Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods debuts on MTV at 10pm tonight. The new summer reality TV series documents the process of finding and casting a new lead for the Broadway musical Legally Blonde. The TV program, which will air in a total of eight installments, is hosted by Haylie Duff (who has appeared on Broadway in Hairspray).
Kate Rockwell, one of the finalists on the NBC reality TV series Grease – You’re The One That I Want, is coming to Broadway, but not as a cast member of Grease. Rockwell is joining the cast of Broadway’s Legally Blonde as Elle Woods’s sorority sister, Margot. Legally Blonde will be further in the grip of reality TV fever next month, when the Broadway musical comedy’s own reality series debuts on MTV.
“Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods,” a new MTV reality show, has set its debut date for June 2. Hosted by Haylie Duff (Hairspray), the 8-episode reality TV series follows the process of finding a replacement for the current star of Legally Blonde on Broadway, Laura Bell Bundy. Members of Legally Blonde‘s cast and creative team will appear on the show, and Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky will serve as music director and vocal coach to the Broadway hopefuls auditioning to win the role of Elle.
US Magazine is reporting today that Britney Spears’ ex, Kevin Federline, is in talks to join the Broadway cast of Legally Blonde. Federline would be playing the role of the hunky UPS man, originated by Andy Karl. Broadway is notorious for its stunt casting, but casting a guy who is best known as the father of a famous pop star’s two children is slightly unusual. Nothing’s definite yet, though. Stay tuned …
The Broadway production of Legally Blonde may be on strike-imposed hiatus right now, but fans can catch it on MTV tonight when the network re-broadcasts its live taping of the show at 8pm Eastern/Standard time tonight. This broadcast of the Broadway musical is extra special, though, because it will have the song lyrics streaming at the bottom of the screen. So you can beat the Broadway strike blues this Thanksgiving by singing along — it’ll be like having a Broadway show in your own living room! (Sort of.)