Note: For the Laura Bell Bundy fans who frequent this site, here's the account of her Dec. 10 holiday concert at the Lexington Opera House with Lyndy Franklin:
Most nights Laura Bell Bundy and Lyndy Franklin perform under the lights of Broadway. But last night, just like they did decades ago, the Lexington natives and lifelong friends were putting on a show in Kentucky.
"The last time we put on a holiday show, it was 20 years ago at the Bourbon Heights Nursing Home in Paris," Bundy told the audience that packed the Lexington Opera House. "I think we've come a long way since then."
Bundy stars in the Broadway hit, Legally Blonde -- The Musical, and Franklin is the dance captain and understudies several roles in the acclaimed revival of A Chorus Line.
The concert was a mix of holiday classics and Broadway tunes, all backed by the Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors.
Together and solo, they reminded local audiences of their flairs for song and dance, and they laughed through a few mishaps.
The emotional centerpiece was For Good, a duet about life-altering friendship from Wicked, in which Bundy performed as Glinda. They dedicated the song to each other's mothers, Luanne Franklin and Lorna Bundy Jones, who they said were instrumental in helping them realize their dreams. Then, holding hands at centerstage, the duo sang:
"Because I knew you
I have been changed