March 18 Finale of Legally Blonde Reality Show Canceled

News   March 18 Finale of Legally Blonde Reality Show Canceled A March 18 public taping of the finale of the Legally Blonde casting reality program — which is searching for an actress to succeed Laura Bell Bundy as Elle Woods in the Broadway musical — has been canceled.

A spokesperson for Classic Entertainment Group, Inc., the production company handling the MTV program, confirmed to Playbill.com that the March 18 taping, which had been scheduled to include an afternoon audience of Blonde enthusiasts at the Palace Theatre, has been scrapped. The producers wanted to make sure news of the winner didn't leak out before the TV series airs.

Although those attending the taping were going to be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, the producers decided they wanted to insure the element of surprise and will tape the finale at a later date.

The new MTV series is produced by Mark Koops and Howard T. Owens, who have also produced the television reality shows "The Biggest Loser," "The Restaurant," "Nashville Star," "Blow Out" and "Date My Mom." Amanda Lipitz, one of Legally Blonde's Broadway producers, is also part of the "Legally Blonde: The Search for the Next Elle Woods" producing team, which includes Maira Suro and "The Hills" executive producers Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley.

The Broadway production of Legally Blonde is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell and features a score by Laurence O'Keefe (Bat Boy: The Musical) and Nell Benjamin (Sarah, Plain and Tall) with a book by Heather Hach (the film "Freaky Friday").

Hal Luftig, Fox Theatricals and Dori Berinstein produce the show on Broadway, in association with MGM Onstage, Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber. For more information, visit legallyblondethemusical.com.

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