BWW TV: An 'Elle' of a Chat with Legally Blonde's Bailey Hanks
Bailey Hanks won the MTV competition "The Search For The New Elle Woods" making her the new successor to Laura Bell Bundy in the role of Elle Woods. On July 23rd, 2008 Bailey took the stage for her Broadway debut, but before that huge step she shared a table at Sardi's with BroadwayWorld TV to discuss all the excitement!
On Monday, June 2, 2008, MTV premiered the reality show
"Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods" to find a
talented singer/actress/ dancer to take over for Broadway star and Tony Nominee
Laura Bell Bundy. Thousands of talented
young women came from across the country to make their dream a realityas MTV
and Legally Blonde The Musical teamed up to find Broadway's new Elle
Woods. After what might have been the
toughest audition in Broadway historycomprising two months of workshops,
training sessions, challenge after challenge and arduous eliminationsone talented young women stood out from the crowd: Bailey Hanks, the 20-yr old
Southern charmer who scored the coveted lead of Elle Woods with her dancing,
singing and acting skills. Not only was
she cast in her dream role, she also recorded the hit single "So Much
Better", produced by Ghostlight, now available on iTunes.com and
The musical opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway, between 46th and 47th Streets) on April 29, 2007 following preview performances that began on April 3, 2007.At the helm of the creative team of Legally Blonde is Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, who makes his Broadway directorial debut and also choreographs. Music and lyrics are by both Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and the book is by Heather Hach.James Sampliner serves as music director.
Legally Blonde THE MUSICAL earned seven 2007 Tony Award nominations, ten 2007 Drama Desk Award Nominations, a 2007 Outer Critics Circle Award and the chorus of the musical was honored by Actors' Equity Association's Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA) with the first ever ACCA Award.The musical also ranked in the top ten list of the most requested Ticketmaster "Arts & Theatre Events" for 2007.
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