After the Friday, April 27, performance of Legally Blonde, Laura Bell Bundy signed autographs and posed for photos with students from Woodford County High School. The photo is courtesy of Tanya Bell, Laura's aunt.
After a dizzying opening weekend and flurry of Legally Blonde posts, we wanted to give the Laura Bell Bundy coverage a little rest for a week. But we are going to keep you updated here at Copious Notes on new things happening with the show and Lexington's Broadway star.
Two terrific videos came out in the last week:
~ The latest episode of Broadway World's Broadway Beat has a great feature on Blonde with footage from the show, interviews with the cast and others at the opening night party, and -- this is the real prize -- interview and show footage of 10-year-old Laura when she was starring Off Broadway in Ruthless.
~ Broadway.com has Word of Mouth, a feature in which three "regular theater goers" review the show. In addition to their comments, there is also footage of the show with this one.
~ According to Playbill, the cast of Legally Blonde may well be in the studio as we write laying down tracks for the show's cast recording. Cast recordings are by no means a given these days, so it is very cool for the Blonde cast that they will get to make one. The recording is expected to be in stores July 17.
~ Variety reports that despite mixed reviews, Blonde was playing 97 percent full houses, and ticket sales were up $150,000 last week, bucking a downward trend in Broadway box office.
~ We're just a week away from the Tony Award nominations, where most prognosticators seem to think Laura will get a nod for best actress in a musical.
Benita Heath wrote a really nice profile of Ashland actor Steve Kazee in Sunday's Arts+Life in the Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com. The Broadway revival of 110 in the Shade, in which Kazee plays Starbuck, was hit by tragedy last week when star Audra McDonald's father died in a gyroplane accident near Fresno, Calif. The Fresno Bee published a beautiful piece on Stanley McDonald Jr., a retired school administrator. The Roundabout Theatre revival of 110 missed performances on Wednesday and Thursday, so Audra McDonald could be with her family. The production resumed Friday and will open on schedule, Wednesday. We will compile reviews here Thursday.
Steve Meadows down in Danville reports yet another Lexingtonian to celebrate. Tates Creek High School graduate Ryan Quinn West, who played Snoopy in Studio Players' production of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and Jem in the Lexington Shakespeare Festival's 1999 production of To Kill a Mockingbird, has been cast in the ensemble of the San Francisco production of Jersey Boys. Ryan, a Lisa Osterman protoge, graduated in 2000 and was a recipient of the Brian Littrell Vocal Music Scholarship. You can read about the San Fran Jersey Boys in Playbill. (The copyrighted photo, above, by Daniel Wallace shows Anitra Brumagen as Scout, Ryan as Jem, and Zachary Moselley as Dill in a reahearsal for the '99 Mockingbird.)