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“It’s a Hiiit!” July 24, 2008

I was in my favorite city today!!! But not for Bailey’s premiere as Elle Woods. Obviously if I was I’d be waiting for her at the stage door.



Today I saw the Little Mermaid on Broadway. It was really good, even though I paid full price and my seats were obstructed view and no one told me *GRRRR*. Prince Eric *Sean Palmer* had an amazing voice! The star studded cast of Sheri Renee Scott, Norm Lewis, Titus Burgess, Johnathan Freedman, and others was great too…HOWEVER, Ariel’s understudy was in! SHE WAS AMAZING!!! Better than Sierra Bogess by far! Betsy Morgan YOU ROCKED today!!!! Sorry I didn’t stay and get your autograph! I waited and waited but no one was coming out and well…..I had to be somewhere else.



That somewhere else was The Palace Theatre. At 2 pm today Bailey took the stage as Elle Woods with her real opening performance to come later this evening at 8 pm. My mom and sister *though they didn’t see the show* headed over and got in line at the Stage Door with hopes that Bailey would come out. While she did not, others did. My sister was able to talk to Autumn and get some pics with her! She also chatted up the New UPS guy, some old star friends, and with Mr. Paul Canaan himself!!!!



Now you all know how much I love Paul. I was sooooo Jealous that my sister was able to meet, chat up, and get a pic with Paul Canaan one of our Fave Broadway Divas! I was at the Little Mermaid Stage Dooring when this happened…however I did catch a glimpse of the man before he headed back into the theatre. LOVE HIM!!! Here a conversation that happened between My Sister and Paul:

Alissa: Paul was the show a hit?

Paul: It was a Hiiiiiiit!

I’m jealous he did that for her and I wasn’t there to see it! I have stage doored LEgally Blonde 4 times and he has not come out…when my sister does and I don’t, he comes out. Sad day!!! He won’t be there when I go to see Bailey play Elle next week. He begins his workshops with Laura Bell Bundy.

Others who were seen by the fans this afternoon at The Palace Theatre:

The parents of all the new stars

Heather Hach

Mr. Bernie Telsey *who I hear was signing autographs*

I wish Bailey a Beautiful run in this show and have full faith in her.

For those of you who don’t know…. Autumn is in the show as Elle’s Understudy

Lauren and Rhiannon have joined the National Touring Cast so look for them at a city near you!


This Broadway Baby has to intern tomorrow so it’s off to bed for me! Thanks for reading!


And The Winner Is…. July 22, 2008

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BAILEY!!!! She was my second choice and my first going into Tonight’s show. I am so excited to see her on Broadway!!! BAILEY TOOK OVER THE STAGE TONIGHT!!!! She was beautiful and totally Elle. I cried!

I loved how their Families were there! I loved Jerry Mitchell and Paul!!!




A Tearful Farewell


Laura Bell Bundy and Christian Borle

Laura Bell Bundy and Christian Borle

I don’t know what the mood was like last night as Laura Bell Bundy hit her final note as Elle Woods in the Musical Legally Blonde, but I can guess that she got a standing ovation as well as tears from the cast members, production team, and audience members. In fact, she was probably crying herself.  


A little after 10:30 last night, Laura Bell Bundy took her final curtain call at the Palace Theatre. I am a bit sad that I did not get to see her perform one more time before she left, but I suppose three times and meeting her Twice is good enough for me. Maybe our paths will cross in the future, who knows really.



Rehearsal for Legally Blonde the Musical

Rehearsal for Legally Blonde the Musical

 I was searching You Tube to see if anyone was able to get a video of her speech or something, but nothing so far. I am nervous. I would love to hear what she said to her cast and crew on her final night. It might sound bad, but I like to emotion it creates. It shows the passion and love the cast member has for their job. It also shows the most important thing about theatre…Your Cast and Crew becomes your family and your best friends.  You are on stage with them for hours every day. You combine to create this form of live art that causes audiences to feel something they might not feel while watching tv or a movie. It’s real. It’s different.   Laura Bell was an artist. The way she played Elle was beautiful and inspiring. Her voice was amazing. In person, Laura is very much real and down to earth. She cares about he fans and loves talking to them. She appreciates that we appreciate her. She’ll talk and talk with you. Her body guards aren’t too nice but when she comes out she is sweet as pie and so much fun to be around. In talking with her about her role, she was very much excited about it. She loved the character of Elle and getting to create it. She told us about the cast and how much fun they have. 



   Laura Bell Bundy and our Broadway Diva Paul Canaan will be touring the country doing workshops in schools. They are both very excited about this. I actually was able to talk with her a little about it the second time I met her. She loves teaching younger girls and inspiring them to follow their dreams. Paul and Laura are pretty much best friends. They are amazing together and will be great in their workshops!!!   Best of luck to both of them! They are beautiful people and will be missed very much in the Legally Blonde cast. They are very talented and very inspiring.    Who will win Tonight’s Search for the Next Elle Woods???


A Brief on the Tony’s and More LBTM June 17, 2008

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Mad Props to: In The Heights, South Pacific, August: Osage County, and Patti LuPone

Whoppie was a good host and it was entertaining. Of course I lived for watching the musical sequences. I also liked all my stars who were there supporting each other. I LOVE LOVE LOVED! seeing the casts of Rent Old and New there to see the show’s final TONY appearance (until maybe a revival *that kinda scares me*). Having Anthony Rapp introduce it was perfect and the Original Casts word’s were beautiful * I cried a bit*. While it was short, it was sweet.

All in all, Another Great Night at the Tony’s. While Xanadu walked away empty handed, I must say that I knew it was going to happen, even though I cheered for them. Can’t wait for next year.


We are still searching for the next Elle Woods. We are now down to 8 girls. The one EVERYONE and I mean that EVERYONE wanted to go home tonight (Cassie S.) Is still there. That worries me a lot.  I know that Bernie Tesley has everything under control, but you have to ask yourself; “What are the judges looking for?” Honestly? She was horrible. Ugh. Lauren is still on and I think she has great potential. I was VERY VERY impressed with Natalie tonight who really stepped up her game.

The Paul Canaan quote of the night is “That’s a HIT! *hit said in a high pitch voice and a knee slap*”

I really love him because he’s great. He had a lot of great quotes tonight but I think that this was the one I liked the best. Simply because it is totally Paul.

I really shouldn’t watch this show. I hate when they try to pick broadway stars from reality shows. Grease: You’re the One that I Want” was horrible! But I am watching this because I love the show and I really need to see who is replacing Laura Bell, because she has BIG shoes to fill. My sister and I watch it together. It’s like the only thing we can bond with because she’s not a big broadway fan, but I took her to see this show for her christmas gift and well we fell in love. Me moreso with Christian Borle then anything else, but Jerry Mitchell is great and does great work and the entire cast is wonderful. 

So yeah, there are my thoughts from this week. I gotta get to bed, after all my rehearsing tomorrow, I am taking my little cousin to see Kong Fu Panda. Should be fun!


Still Searching for the Next Elle Woods June 12, 2008

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Well week two has passed and we are down to 9 girls. 

All I really have to say about the episode is that, these shows have to be staged (no pun intended). I mean, they all seem to want it, but you can tell the ones that really want it. Sometimes I ask myself, “If they really knew what these people were like when they aren’t on stage, would they really want them in the show?”

I have Paul Canaan’s quote of the night. It is a serious one and it’s something that rings true for everyone who wants to be in show business. Mr. Canaan says to one of the girls, “I want to see that vaulnerability. I want to see those levels of your soul.”

With that I ask what eight will be standing after next week. We shall see.


The Longest TItle On TV June 8, 2008

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Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search For the Next Elle Woods is seriously the longest title on TV right now.

Basically, the Legally Blonde creative team is searching for the Next Elle Woods to replace Laura Bell Bundy in the Broadway Show. Now I am not at liberty to say what they were on when they thought this would be a good idea, but seriously WHAT WERE THEY ON? While Ken Davenport would say that reality tv shows are great publicity for the show, I would argue that people won’t want to come see a show if the Lead stinks. 

Did we not learn from Grease: You’re The One That I Want? Look at what is happening to the show. It might have made a bit of extra money in the beginning, but boy is it getting bad reviews. Everyone I know who saw it said it was not a good show.

I LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Legally Blonde the Musical. Seriously I really love this show. It’s a great show. Sooo much fun! However, if they ruin this, I will cry. seriously Cry.

I like watching the show. I like Paul Canaan because he’s funny. I like the judges too and when they have guests from the musical. I feel like it’s almost behind the scenes. I’m interested to see who wins, but I’m not promising I’ll like her.

Here is a quote this week from Paul: “I’m a broadway bitch in the shoes. So be flawless, be pink, be Elle.” I hope to have another for you next week. I DVR the show because I can’t watch it monday nights.

Well I guess we will see what happens….