For nearly a year, we've been telling you about Laura Bell Bundy's stage work, mostly in New York, where she is playing Elle Woods in the Legally Blonde the Musical. Today actually presents you two chances to take Laura Bell -- or her work, at least -- home:
~ The original cast recording from Legally Blonde is out. Finally, a chance to revisit a few of the show's infectious tunes such as Omigod You Guys, So Much Better and Bend and Snap that have not truly left my brain since opening night. It's not the next great American musical, but the show is a lot of fun, and the music is a big part of that. In addition to Laura's new solo CD, Longing for a Place Already Gone, the Blonde recording should give you a good sense of her vocal chops. You'll also hear standout performances from Laura's castmates, such as Leslie Kritzer and Christian Borle.
~ Surf School -- Laura Bell filmed this teen-surf comedy before getting to work on Blonde, and it only played in a few theaters across the country. The DVD is out today.
It's the story of a group of high school misfits who enroll in a surf academy run by an aging hippie played by Harland Williams, in an effort to win a big surfing competition. Laura plays a death chick who comes out of her shell at on the beach. I haven't watched it yet, but I do have to give the writers credit for not trying to sell us Laura as an outcast without some heavy costuming. In early scenes, she's gothed up with long, eye-shading black hair and dark makeup. Teen movies tend to stretch credibility when they try to cast attractive actresses like Hillary Duff or Lindsay Lohan as outcasts. Like they couldn't get a date in high school. Sure. Fair warning, this is billed as an "Unrated" version, so it probably wouldn't be right for your preteen Blonde or Hairspray groupie.
~ Speaking of Hairspray, movie Amber von Tussle Brittany Snow talked about Laura, who originated the part on Broadway, at About.com:
“Yeah, it’s funny because the first time I went to go see the original musical was with one of my best friends at the time, Laura Bell Bundy, she was the original Amber on Broadway,” said Snow. “She originated the musical role. She was kind of my big sister growing up. She took me to see the Broadway show a couple of times. And then when I got the call for this audition, I called her and I was like, ‘How weird is that?’ And then when I got the part she was so excited. It was kind of like passing the torch to her little sister to play basically her. So I had seen it a bunch of times and went backstage and met Marissa [Jaret Winokur] and everybody. I was so excited to even meet anybody, let alone I didn’t know I was going to be a part of it five years later."
I have a feeling Brittany maybe meant to say Laura gave her tickets to see the show, or something like that. But clearly, the actors who met on Guiding Light have a good friendship. The Hairspray movie opens Friday.
~ Laura has a new website now, lauraashleybellbundy.com.