The husband and wife team penned the score for Legally Blonde, which currently plays the Palace Theatre on Broadway. A national tour will launch in September.
While professional and amateur live performance rights to Legally Blonde are handled by Music Theatre International, Williamson will represent the worldwide publishing rights for the score, as well as O'Keefe and Benjamin's musical catalogue, including both current and future collaborations.
"Laurence and Nell are extraordinary," said Williamson president Maxyne Berman Lang in a statement. "I am so impressed by the depth of their talent, and their writing. Their songs reflect great intelligence, wit and fun. To quote Legally Blonde's great Act I closer, our wonderful catalogue here at Williamson Music has suddenly gotten 'so much better.'"
In addition to Legally Blonde, O'Keefe and Benjamin have penned the short musical The Mice — part of the musical 3hree — and Cam Jansen. O'Keefe wrote music and lyrics for the Off-Broadway musical Bat Boy, while Benjamin has also penned lyrics for Sarah, Plain and Tall.
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A music publishing company founded by and for writers, Williamson Music was established in 1944 by the legendary duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (both sons of men named William). Today, Williamson Music (ASCAP) and R&H Music (BMI) represent the catalogues of Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin and T. S. Eliot, among others.