Legally Blonde the Musical opened on Broadway in 2007. Based on the 2001 novel by Amanda Brown and the subsequent MGM film of the same name, the show was a popular addition to the 2007 Broadway season. Despite mixed reviews, the show went on to be a commercial and critical success in London’s West End, where it opened at The Savoy Theatre in 2009. It has since generated many international productions, including those in South Korea, the Philippines, Netherlands, Paris and Finland.
Legally Blonde follows the story of sorority president Elle Woods as she crosses the country on a mission to find love at Harvard Law School. After discovering how the law can be used to help others, she uses her new found skills to defend a workout-queen in a murder trial, defying the odds and proving that pink can save the day!
After a pre-Broadway engagement in San Francisco the musical opened on Broadway at The Palace Theatre in April 2007. The original production starred Laura Bell Bundy as Elle Woods alongside Christian Borle as Emmett. The show went on to receive seven Tony nominations and ten Drama Desk nominations but didn’t take home any. The London production faired much better critically, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
MTV helped promote the show by recording it for broadcast in September 2007. Off the back of this a reality TV program was created, showing the audition process to find the next Elle Woods. The eventual winner was Bailey Hanks, who took over the role from Bell Bundy in July 2008 and stayed with the show until it closed in October that same year.
The original production was directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell and featured set design by David Rockwell. The original Broadway Cast Recording was released in July 2007 by Ghostlight Records and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Cast Album chart. In May 2010 a live London cast recording was created featuring Sheridan Smith and Duncan James.