The Bay Area saw Legally Blonde, The Musical first. Now anyone with basic cable can see the Broadway hit when MTV broadcasts the show in its entirely on Sept. 29.
Legally Blonde, the musical stage adaptation of the Reese Witherspoon movie of the same name, had its pre-New York tryout at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre.
When the show opened on Broadway last spring at the Palace Theatre, New York critics were a lot less kind than Bay Area critics, but audiences keep turning up, and the show is going strong.
The move to broadcast a still-running Broadway musical is an unusual one, but MTV promises a full weekend of Blonde-ness with behind-the-scenes interviews with cast members and the creative team.
The musical is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell and stars Laura Bell Bundy, Orfeh and Michael Rupert.
Apparently the musical was filmed three times: twice with an audience (including an orchestra section filled with pink-clad young people) and once without. Talk about your Blonde ambition.