Ghostlight Records, the theatre label which recorded the 2007 original Broadway cast recording, will release the single version of "So Much Better" to coincide with the finale of the ongoing MTV reality competition that concludes July 21.
The winner of the pre-taped series was determined in March and is currently in rehearsals to make her debut as Elle Woods in the July 23 evening performance at the Palace Theatre.
For the July 14 episode, three young women are still in the running to replace Tony nominated actress Laura Bell Bundy in the Broadway musical that has become popular with the teenage set. The eight-episode program premiered on MTV June 2.
MTV will reveal the winner of the competition to television viewers on July 21, one day after Bundy's departure from the musical. The following day, Ghostlight Records will release the winning contestant's single of "So Much Better" on various digital music hubs, including Amazon and iTunes.
Fans will also be able to purchase a hard copy of the recording from Ghostlight's official website. Members of the Broadway company recorded the track with the secret leading lady last week. *
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award Jerry Mitchell, Legally Blonde officially opened at the Palace Theatre April 29. The production began previews April 3 following an out of town tryout in San Francisco.
Bundy, who created the role of Woods in the musical incarnation of the popular film, was nominated for a 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. The triple threat made her Broadway debut in the 2002 original cast of Hairspray as Amber Von Tussle and is known for her turns in Wicked and Ruthless!. Bundy released her solo country debut recording "Longing for a Place Already Gone" last year.
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.