Playbill: Where Has LBB Been? How the Legally Blonde Star Took Control of Her Artistic Destiny

Seven years ago, Laura Bell Bundy was conquering New York’s theatre scene (playing the best of Broadway’s blonde-haired divas), but she hasn’t been back since. To her, being an artist took more than just a bend and snap, and now she can add country music singer, TV star and producer to her resume.

“Well,” says Laura Bell Bundy, “I didn’t know that I would be seven years down the line and have [not] done a Broadway show, you know what I mean? I think that [there] was just a series of circumstances, in terms of being stuck in record deals and being on a TV show and not having that time to actually go, ‘Hey! I’m ready now to come back and do a show.'”

Bundy speaks of her decision to leave New York behind at the height of her career to focus on other art. After playing two of Broadway’s most bad-ass blondes (the high-haired Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray and the tight-curled Glinda Upland in Wicked), she took on the blondest of them all — originating Harvard Law student Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and earning herself a 2007 Tony Award nomination.

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