LBB To Perform At 2014 Julep Ball

From courier-journal.com — The Julep Ball has added country music artists actress/singer Laura Bell Bundy and Brothers Osborne to its May 2 lineup of performers.

The Brothers Osborne have a new single, “Rum,” and will be the opening act on Eric Church’s fall tour. Bundy, a Lexington native, had a hit in 2010 with “Giddy On Up” and appears on the FX television series “Anger Management.”

The Julep Ball is a fundraiser for the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville. It will be at the KFC Yum! Center. Tickets are still available for $600 per person and $5,000 for a table of 10, including dinner and an auction, and $100 per person for dance-only tickets.

For further information and to buy tickets, go to The Julep Ball website, www.julepball.org.

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Broadway World Exclusive: New York Pops Spotlight on Laura Bell Bundy

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On Monday, April 28, 2014, The New York Pops marks its 31st birthday with a grand gala evening celebrating the work of composer, lyricist, and arranger Marc Shaiman and director, lyricist, and writer Scott Wittman, as well as the leadership and mentorship work of corporate honoree Paul J. Massey, Jr., CEO and Founding Partner of Massey Knakal Realty Services.

The event begins at 7:00 PM with a concert at Carnegie Hall, featuring a spectacular lineup of stars from both stage and screen under the baton of Music DirectorSteven Reineke. The performance will feature highlights from the work of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Performers for the evening will include: Megan Hilty, Laura Bell Bundy, John Pizzarelli, Corey Reynolds, Aaron Tveit, Nikki Blonsky, Christian Borle, Kerry Butler, Will Chase, Linda Hart, Capathia Jenkins, Jane Krakowski, Ricki Lake, Jenifer Lewis, Patti LuPone, Andrea Martin, Katharine McPhee, Martin Short, and Marissa Jaret Winokur. For tickets, viist: www.carnegiehall.org.

BroadwayWorld recently chatted with featured performer Laura Bell Bundy about her upcoming appearance in the special celebration:

What will you be singing at the gala?

I will be singing the part I (Amber Von Tussle) had in “You Can’t Stop the Beat” in Hairspray.

This year’s event honors Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Do you have a favorite memory of or song by the honorees?

Marc & Scott are like family to me and the other original cast members of Hairspray. They were like Auntie Marc & Auntie Scott. They had so much passion and love for the show and for us. For many of us it was our first Broadway show and we were fairly young. THEY made us feel like a family and that we were all a part of something amazing together… And we were. They always had parties at their house and created excuses to celebrate. I will always have imprinted on my memory Scott’s double pump kick move on the dance floor and Marc’s love of Diet Dr. Pepper and Entenmann’s chocolate chip cookies.

But, I really remember Marc and a Scott fighting for “I Know Where I’ve Been” to stay in the show. We all felt the emotional weight of that song but also saw the deeper more personal meaning it had for Marc & Scott. We all learned it and presented it to producers. It was very powerful. It bonded us.

I also remember that on opening night of Hairspray after amazing reviews and incredible ticket sales, they went to the ATM to get cab fare home after the opening night parties, and had insufficient funds. Hilarious.

Is there a role from a Shaiman/Wittman show that you’d like to play someday?

Motormouth Mabel? Might be fun to play Velma one day when the show gets revived!

Have you worked with The New York Pops before? What are you most looking forward to about this performance?

I have, back in 2008. I’m looking forward to this because it will in many ways be a reunion for all of us to sing on stage together again.

The original cast of Hairspray has remained very tight over the last 10 years, but we haven’t all gotten the chance to sing together on stage. [There’s] something kind of emotional about it for me. Hairspray signaled the beginning of the rest of my life and career. It changed everything and so did the people I will be singing with. They will always be my family.

This year’s gala will feature music students from The New York Pops’ extensive education programs. What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring performers?

It’s difficult to nail it down to ONE piece of advice. But I will start with this. Be aware of understand your motivations and fears. When you do, be fearless..

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LBB Talks Country Dance Grooves With MusicRadar

You may know Laura Bell Bundy as the smart-mouthed blond who holds her own opposite Charlie Sheen on the FX sitcom Anger Management. She’s delivered plenty of zingers in that on-air role. Get her on the phone for an interview and you find that even when the show’s not on, she always is.

One minute Bundy’s rattling off a list of the numerous facets of the entertainment business to which she’s given time and energy, from television and Broadway to writing, recording and co-producing spunky, danceable country singles, accompanied by her production company’s dance-centric music videos. The next minute she’s taking colorful liberties with a familiar saying.

“If the world is your oyster,” she begins, “you might as well fucking go for it and try everything. I don’t even like oysters, but if there’s enough Tabasco, I’ll do it.”

Aside from her taste in seafood and metaphors, and her primetime exposure, Bundy has one Mercury Nashville album in her discography (2010’s Achin’ And Shakin’) and a current spot on the Big Machine Records roster, where she’s one of the only current female country acts focused on finding clever ways to tailor her music to dance clubs. She talked with MusicRadar about her underage club-hopping history, songwriting over hip-hop beats and her savvy, multimedia role model, Dolly Parton.

Click HERE to read the full interview..

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Laura Bell To Perform Concert On The Lawn

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Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 – 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Admission: FREE

Send off the Keeneland Spring Meet in style, at the Concert on the Lawn, presented by Dixiana Farms, and benefiting the Markey Cancer Center. After the last race on the last day of the Keeneland Spring Meet, see performances by country music singer Laura Bell Bundy and Lexington’s own Sundy Best. The event is free and open to everyone. So come on out and enjoy live music on the Keeneland Clubhouse Lawn, April 25th at 6:00 p.m.

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Laura Bell Joins Salute To Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

Playbill.com – Laura Bell Bundy, Megan Hilty, John Pizzarelli, Corey Reynolds and Aaron Tveit have joined the lineup of performers for the April 28 New York Pops grand gala evening at Carnegie Hall, which will celebrate the 31st birthday of the Pops by paying tribute to the work of musical honorees Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

The 7 PM concert will also honor the leadership and mentorship work of corporate honoree Paul J. Massey, Jr., CEO and founding partner of Massey Knakal Realty Services.

Music director Steven Reineke will lead an evening that highlights the work of Shaiman and Wittman.

Previously announced performers include Christian Borle, Capathia Jenkins, Jane Krakowski, Patti LuPone, Andrea Martin, Martin Short, Nikki Blonsky, Ricki Lake, Katharine McPhee, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Kerry Butler, Will Chase, Linda Hart and Jenifer Lewis.

The celebration will also feature the Broadway Inspirational Voices, Ronald McDonald House Rockin’ the House Band and Singers, Camp Broadway Kids and Kids On Stage Students.
Following the concert, a black tie-dinner dance will be held at the Mandarin Oriental New York.

Gala co-chairs include Neil Heilberg, Todd Korren, William C. Montana and James A. Read. Serving as honorary co-chairs for the event are stars Matthew Broderick, Debra Messing and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Single tickets for the concert range from $65-$158. Tickets to the full gala evening range from $1,250 (concert and dinner seating for one) to $50,000 (premier concert seating and dinner table for eight). For more information about the black-tie dinner and dance at the Mandarin Oriental New York, call (212) 765-7677 or visit newyorkpops.org..

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