Straight from Broadway, Lexington's Laura Bell Bundy and Lyndy Franklin will be on stage tonight at the Lexington Opera House for a show of Christmas and Broadway favorites.
Fresh from her flight from NYC back to the Bluegrass, we got a few minutes to chat with Laura Bell, who gave a little preview of tonight's event, which will include Laura and Lyndy singing songs from the Broadway hits they are currently in, Legally Blonde and A Chorus Line, respectively.
"If Lyndy was not involved, I don't know that I'd be doing this," Laura said. "Doing the show together was our motivation to get together."
Lyndy (photo, right, by Aaron Lee Fineman), Laura said, was largely the driving force behind arranging things for the concert such as rehearsals, scripts and whatnot. Lyndy is the dance captain for A Chorus Line and an understudy for numerous speaking and non-speaking roles in the show. Laura, of course, is the Tony Award-nominated star of Legally Blonde -- The Musical.
Audiences at the Opera House will hear Laura sing So Much Better, Blonde's first act finale, and Lyndy will sing the Chorus Line classic, What I Did for Love. They'll also duet on For Good from Wicked, in which Laura played the part of Glinda on Broadway as the frequent replacement for Kristin Chenoweth. They'll also share the stage and solo on a number of Christmas hits, accompanied by the Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors (BAJA).
Last year, BAJA recorded a Christmas album with Laura, and together, they presented a holiday concert at the University of Kentucky's Memorial Hall. Laura says the wheels were put in motion for this year's concert after that event.
"We wanted to do it with more preparation, on a bigger scale and announced more in advance," Laura said.
The concert is a benefit for Laura's educational charity, Kreative Kids, the Opera House Fund Capital Campaign and BAJA.
~ We also talked to Laura about Blonde; the high of presenting the show on MTV, the low of the stagehand's strike and her future with the show. Check back later this week for a post from that conversation.