Live, from New York, it’s Copious Notes.
How big? Well, I walk down the block from my hotel, and there’s an enormous Laura Bell Bundy overlooking Broadway. Interesting thing about this little corner of Times Square is that if you looked to the left of the billboard for the Lexington native’s new show, Legally Blonde, you see the huge ads for two other shows LBB has touched, Hairspray (in which she created the role of Amber von Tussle) and Wicked (in which she was the star replacement for Kristin Cenoweth as Glinda).
And if you notice the Chorus Line billboard (right next to Hairspray, behind a traffic light), that features Lexington native Lyndy Franklin in her Broadway debut. If I had a wider-angle lens, I could have gotten The Color Purple marquee in the shot. That cast boasts three Kentuckians, led by Lebanon’s own JC Montgomery, a Broadway veteran.
That’s why we’re here: to talk about some hometown kids made good. Kander & Ebb told us that if you can make it here in New York, you can make it anywhere. And when you walk the streets and see the sheer number of shows, the sheer number of people in this city, you get an idea of what an accomplishment it is to get a part here, to say nothing about being the lead in the “it” show of the season, which Blonde appears to be.
So, today (Dec. 5) we get started, visiting with our Color Purple stars and seeing the show. In coming posts, we’ll also soak up a little Christmastime in The City, check out the now-famous deluxe Charmin Times Square restrooms and bring you some of the other things that make being in New York such a big deal.
~ Props to Lexington's own Blue Grass Airport for providing free WiFi service for its customers. When I got to Chicago's O'Hare International this afternoon, they wanted $6.95 a day for access.