Bundy to Headline Nashville Engagement of Legally Blonde Tour
By Adam Hetrick
Tony nominee Laura Bell Bundy will return to the role of Chihuahua-toting law student Elle Woods in the Nashville engagement of the national tour of Legally Blonde the Musical.
Bundy, who is now a Nashville, TN, resident, will perform the role during the evening performances of Legally Blonde, which plays Jackson Hall June 23-28. Lauren Zakrin will portray Elle Woods at matinee performances.
Bundy assumes the role while national tour leading actress Becky Gulsvig is on vacation. Zakrin performed Elle Woods at the Dayton, OH, stop of Legally Blonde last week.
Laura Bell Bundy made her Broadway debut in the 2002 original cast of Hairspray as Amber Von Tussle and is known for her work in Wicked and Ruthless!; she earned Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for her work as Tina Denmark in the latter. On screen Bundy has been seen in "Dreamgirls," "Guiding Light," "Jumanji," "Life with Mikey," "Adventures of Huck Finn," "Home Improvement," "Strangers with Candy" and "Curtis Court." Bundy released her solo country debut recording, "Longing for a Place Already Gone," last year.
Tony Award-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who made his directorial debut with the Broadway musical, also directs and choreographs the tour, which launched in Providence, RI, last September.
The touring company of Legally Blonde also features D.B. Bonds as Emmett, Natalie Joy Johnson as Paulette, Jeff McLean as Warner, Megan Lewis as Vivienne, Coleen Sexton as Brooke, Ken Land as Professor Callahan, Cortney Wolfson as Serena, Rhiannon Hansen as Margot, Crystal Joy as Pilar and Gretchen Burghart as Enid.
The ensemble comprises Barry Anderson, Sara Andreas, Kyle Brown, Nick Dalton, Ven Daniel, Amber Efe, Alex Ellis, Jay Garcia, Spencer Howard, Paul Jackel, Sarah Marie Jenkins, Leslie McDonel, Brian Patrick Murphy, Mamie Parris, Tally Sessions and Adam Zelasko.
Legally Blonde 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").
James Sampliner serves as music director for Legally Blonde, with orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke. The production features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Paul Miller and sound design by ACME Sound Partners.
The score includes "Omigod You Guys," "Serious," "What You Want," "Harvard Variations," "Blood in the Water," "Positive, "Ireland," "Chip on My Shoulder," "So Much Better," "Whipped into Shape," "Take It Like a Man," "Bend and Snap," "There! Right There!" "Legally Blonde," "Legally Blonde Remix" and "Find My Way/Finale."
Current tour dates for Legally Blonde include:
Nashville, TN (June 23-28 at Jackson Hall)
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