Check out this New York Times story about Laura Bell Bundy's country act that was recently unveiled at New York's Birdland jazz club. The story is about Broadway stars in general carving out side careers as recording artists. But the lead and a lot of the text is devoted to Laura Bell, no Bundy, and her rootsy country act she calls, "y'alternative." She makes the point in the story that she is marketing her recording artist self as Laura Bell to create a second identity. But the Hairspray and Legally Blonde star also says she thinks this persona is closer to her true self than anything else she's done, and that it springs in large part from her Lexington roots.
~ In related news, there's this amusing and informative Michael Riedel column about Disney's floundering stage version of The Little Mermaid.