Earlier this week, the NY Post set the theatre community abuzz with news of the possibility of the musical's taping for broadcast only four months after opening on Broadway, an announcement Legally Blonde producers said was premature.
A current free-ticket "casting call" has now been posted by Classic Entertainment Group searching for fans of the musical interested in attending the Sept. 18 filming. The free performance has only two stipulations: attendees must be between the ages of 15-25 (generally, the MTV and Legally Blonde demographic) and be dressed in a pink shirt for the event (Omigod you "guys," this means you, too).
Classic Entertainment Group states the response to the Craigslist ad has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic since it was posted the morning of Sept. 7.
Legally Blonde will be filmed a total of three times — once in its entirety, another without an audience, and finally the Sept. 18 filming, which will take on a more interactive feel with the entire orchestra section full of pink-clad fans. All of the footage will be combined for the MTV broadcast, which is scheduled to take place either late in September or early October, according to CEG, Inc representatives.
Theatregoers who qualify for the age stipulations must also be able to pick up the complimentary tickets in midtown Manhattan on Sept. 16 or 17. Once the available tickets have been issued, an overflow list will begin should there be last-minute cancellations or no-shows. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each name entered will receive two tickets for the filming. Interested parties should e-mail the following information to LegallyblondeonMTV@gmail.com:
•Full name and ages of both ticket holders.
•Contact phone number.
•Confirmation that the theatregoer will be able to pick up the tickets on either Sept. 16 or 17 in midtown Manhattan.
Those who receive free tickets for the Sept. 18 filming of Legally Blonde will be contacted with confirmation and instructions on where they will be able to pick up their tickets. Complimentary group tickets are also being accommodated: e-mail LegallyblondeonMTV@gmail.com or call (212) 367-7434 for group details. Requests for tickets will not be accommodated over the phone.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award Jerry Mitchell, Legally Blonde officially opened at the Palace Theatre April 29. The new musical began previews April 3.
Laura Bell Bundy (Hairspray, Wicked) plays sorority girl Elle Woods, who gets dumped by her boyfriend and follows him to Harvard Law School. The Blonde cast also includes Christian Borle (Spamalot) as Emmett, Orfeh (Saturday Night Fever) as Paulette, Richard H. Blake (The Wedding Singer) as Warner, Kate Shindle (Cabaret) as Vivienne, Nikki Snelson (Off-Broadway's How to Save the World…) as Brooke and Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Sweet Charity, The Happy Time, Ragtime) as Professor Callahan.
Legally Blonde has music and lyrics by both Laurence O'Keefe (Bat Boy: The Musical, Cam Jansen and the Curse of the Emerald Elephant, Sarah, Plain and Tall) and Nell Benjamin (Cam Jansen, Sarah, Plain and Tall, The Mice) and a book by Heather Hach (the film "Freaky Friday"). James Sampliner serves as music director. Orchestrations are by Christopher Jahnke.
The show is produced on Broadway by Hal Luftig, Fox Theatricals and Dori Berinstein, in association with MGM Onstage, Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber.
For more information visit www.legallyblondethemusical.com.