Wicked's Bundy and Little Shop's Butler to Pitch TV Series

News   Wicked's Bundy and Little Shop's Butler to Pitch TV Series Laura Bell Bundy and Kerry Butler, who both starred in the original Broadway cast of Hairspray, are reuniting for a possible television series.
Laura Bell Bundy
Laura Bell Bundy

The two actresses plan to pitch a sitcom idea to the television networks this summer. Bundy, who is currently the standby for the role of Glinda in Wicked, told Playbill On-Line, "I'm pitching a TV show with Kerry Butler. It's a half-hour comedy. I can't tell you the story, though, because someone might take it! We've had the thought in our heads for a few months now, and it's pitching season right now in L.A., so we gotta go do it."

Bundy pitched a different idea to the networks last season, explaining, "Doing the deal with the studio is sometimes a little difficult. It takes a lot of time. Timing is really everything." But, Bundy added, "It's not difficult. It's actually pretty easy. You go in a room and you talk about your show idea."

Laura Bell Bundy created the role of Amber von Tussle in the Broadway cast of the Tony-winning musical Hairspray. Currently the standby for Glinda in Wicked, Bundy received Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for her performance as Tina Denmark in Off-Broadway's Ruthless. Her other theatrical credits include Gypsy, Damn Yankees, Grease!, Pajama Game and The Sound of Music. On screen Bundy has been seen in "Guiding Light," "Jumanji," "Life with Mikey," "Adventures of Huck Finn," "Home Improvement," "Strangers with Candy" and "Curtis Court." On Oct. 4, the singer-actress will premiere her one-woman show, Shameless! The Life and Times of Laura Bell Bundy, at Joe's Pub.

Kerry Butler was most recently on Broadway as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. She portrayed Penny Pingleton in the original Broadway cast of Hairspray, and her other Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Eponine in Les Misérables and Ms. Jones in Blood Brothers. Off-Broadway she was seen in Bat Boy The Musical, The "I" Word, Prodigal and The Folsom Head.

A complete interview with Laura Bell Bundy will be featured in the July 30 "Diva Talk" column.

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