The New York Post and Playbill are reporting that the producers of Legally Blonde the Musical are in negotiations with MTV to show a performance of the Broadway hit starring Lexington native Laura Bell Bundy. The show would be taped in September and air sometime in October.
The broadcast would be an unprecedented move for a Broadway musical that is still running. While shows are frequently taped to be shown after closing, and Les Miserables was aired in a concert version during its run, Broadway producers have generally felt that putting a show on TV will hurt the box office. But, as Michael Riedel's Post column notes, the counter-intuitive view is that Blonde TV will just make viewers in its target audience of females 15-25 want to see the live show more.