Starting today, MTV is making exclusive show content and extra materials available on its Web site in support of its upcoming reality show Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search For Elle Woods.
Fans logging on to MTV.com can see cast profiles, photos, audition reels and performances;get info on series star and executive producer Haylie Duff (7th Heaven, Hairspray on Broadway, Napoleon Dynamite) and the show’s judges; watch full episodes and the series trailer; and check-out deleted show scenes and episodic flipbook.
After becoming the first cable network to televise a musical, Legally Blonde The Musical in its entirety, MTV is partnering with the show’s musical team on the reality competition skein, which debuts June 2 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).
From Reveille (The Office, The Tudors,Nashville Star), the eight-episode series will provide a first-hand look at what it takes to star in a Broadway musical. Viewers will follow 10 hopefuls as they vie to become the star on Broadway at the Palace Theatre and replace the Tony Award-nominated Laura Bell Bundy in the lead role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical, based on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture’s film Legally Blonde.
On hand to show the ladies just what it takes to succeed in the show will be the musical’s director and Tony Award-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who will serve as the final word on who will star nightly on his stage; associate director Marc Bruni; associate choreographer Denis Jones; and cast members, including Bundy, Nikki Snelson (“Brooke Wyndham”), Orfeh (“Paulette”) and Richard H. Blake (“Warner Huntington III”).
An emerging Broadway actress in her own right, Duff will be on-hand with theater vocal coach Seth Rudetsky to provide guidance as the contestants face critiques from a panel of judges: casting director Bernard Telsey; Legally Blonde The Musical’s Tony Award-nominated book writer Heather Hach; and original Broadway cast member Paul Canaan.
Legally Blonde The Musical premiered on MTV on Oct. 13, 2007 as a behind-the-scenes special and reached over 12.5 million viewers during its premiere weekend. The special, which marked the first time a cable network aired a full-length musical in its entirety, earned MTV a pair of two Daytime Emmy nominations in the outstanding special class special” and outstanding special class directing categories.