The Top Ten Musicals Captured Live on Stage

By Ben Rimalower
21 Sep 2013



Christian Borle and Laura Bell Bundy in Legally Blonde.
Photo by Paul Kolnik

10. Legally Blonde

The MTV broadcast of Legally Blonde is essential, not just in its preservation of the musical Legally Blonde (tying in with the reality show casting competition, "Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search For Elle Woods"), but also in its portrayal of an entire era of new American Broadway musicals not captured on video. Looking back on the last 15 years or so, it's kind of astounding that there was no video version of Hairspray or Avenue Q — or even The Producers — film adaptations notwithstanding. These contemporary musical comedies (and more like them) reclaimed Broadway after years of British pop opera domination and Legally Blonde is an enjoyable example of the genre, which at least for the time being, is unique in its immortality.

(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues now playing off Off-Broadway. Read Playbill.com's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at benrimalower.com and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)