[05/02/08 - 08:23 AM]
MTV Is a Natural "Blonde!" Network Raises the Curtain on Broadway in Reality Competition Series "Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods"
Haylie Duff hosts the eight-episode series, which premieres Monday, June 2 at 10:00/9:00c.

[via press release from MTV]


The first cable network to televise a musical in its entirety, MTV will follow the success of its "Legally Blonde The Musical" special by again partnering with the musical team for the reality competition series "Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search For Elle Woods," premiering Monday, June 2nd at 10p.m. ET/PT. Actress Haylie Duff ("7th Heaven," Hairspray on Broadway and Napoleon Dynamite) stars in and executive produces alongside Reveille, the eight-episode series which will provide an authentic first-hand look at what it takes to star in a Broadway musical. Viewers will follow 10 "triple-threat" hopefuls as they vie for the ultimate shot at stardom: the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to star on Broadway at the Palace Theatre and replace the Tony Award nominated Laura Bell Bundy in the leading role of "Elle Woods" in Legally Blonde The Musical, which is based on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture's (MGM) hit film "Legally Blonde."

Week-to-week a nation of fans will watch the drama unfold as these talented young women embark on a grueling and high-stakes season-long audition. The series will provide a genuine glimpse into just how difficult it can be to headline a musical as the contestants receive direction from and ace challenges provided by the very creative team involved with Legally Blonde The Musical. On hand to show the ladies just what it takes to succeed in the show will be the musical's director and Tony Award winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who will serve as the final word on who will star nightly on his stage; associate director Marc Bruni; associate choreographer Denis Jones; and cast members including Laura Bell Bundy the original, Tony Award Nominated "Elle Woods" of Broadway, Nikki Snelson (the original "Brooke Wyndham"), Orfeh ("Paulette") and Richard H. Blake ("Warner Huntington III"). As they progress, the ladies will have to learn the musical's dance routines and songs all while giving their all in around-the-clock rehearsals and workshops. As they navigate the obstacles involved with getting their theater dreams off the ground, they will learn to deal with being both competitors and roommates as they live together in a New York City loft.

An emerging Broadway actress in her own right, Duff will be on-hand with renowned theater vocal coach Seth Rudetsky to provide some much-needed guidance as the contestants face critiques from a panel of expert judges filled with some of the theater industry's most respected names. Serving as judges for the series in which they will jumpstart one lucky young woman's theater career are legendary casting director Bernard Telsey; Legally Blonde The Musical's Tony Award nominated book writer Heather Hach; and Original Broadway cast member of Legally Blonde The Musical Paul Canaan. This J-Team made up of judges and Jerry Mitchell � not America � will decide who the next "Elle Woods" will be.

Beginning May 5, MTV.com will add to the fun by going platinum blonde with exclusive show content and extras. Viewers will be able to log onto LegallyBlonde.MTV.com to see cast profiles, photos, audition reels and performances; get info on Haylie Duff and the series judges; watch full episodes and the series trailer; and check-out deleted show scenes and episodic flipbooks exclusive to MTV.com.

"Legally Blonde The Musical" premiered on MTV on October 13, 2007 as a behind-the-scenes special and reached over 12.5 million viewers during its premiere weekend. The special marked the first time a cable network aired a full-length musical in its entirety. In April 2008, the MTV special received two 35th Annual Daytime Emmy � Award nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the categories of "Outstanding Special Class Special" and "Outstanding Special Class Directing."

Based on MGM's hit film, Legally Blonde The Musical follows sorority star Elle Woods, who doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone more "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Nominated for seven Tony Awards�, "Legally Blonde The Musical" opened on Broadway on Sunday, April 29, 2007. The Original Broadway Cast Recording for "Legally Blonde The Musical," was released on Ghostlight Records, capturing the #1 slot on the Billboard Cast Album chart, and charting at #86 on the Billboard Top 200. The album has continued its success, charting every week as one of the top-selling Broadway cast recordings. This fall, MGM continues its girl empowerment franchise, releasing "Legally Blondes," a new movie for the home entertainment marketplace starring Camilla Rosso and Rebecca Rosso as the British twin cousins of Elle Woods who move to Los Angeles to attend high school.

At the helm of the creative team of Legally Blonde The Musical is Tony Award�-winner Jerry Mitchell, in his debut on Broadway as both director and choreographer, who served as a creative consultant for the MTV special on the musical. Music and lyrics are by both Tony Award nominees Laurence O'Keefe (Bat Boy) and Nell Benjamin (Sarah, Plain and Tall), the book is by the Tony Award nominated Heather Hach (the movie Freaky Friday). Legally Blonde The Musical is currently in its second, "smash-hit" (Wall Street Journal) year on Broadway at The Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway, and will launch a National Tour in the fall of 2008. The musical is produced by Hal Luftig, Fox Theatricals and Dori Berinstein, in association with MGM ON STAGE, Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber.

Actress Haylie Duff came to worldwide attention in 2004 when she starred as popular teen "Summer" in the surprise hit "Napoleon Dynamite," which earned her a Teen Choice Award for "Choice Movie Breakout Performance." She went on to star in Broadway's Hairspray, playing the role of "Amber von Tussle." Duff starred alongside her sister Hilary in "Material Girls," and will soon be seen in two independent films; the romantic coming-of-age story "My Sexiest Year," also starring Harvey Keitel, and the dramatic comedy "Legacy." Her other film credits include "Addams Family Reunion," "I Love Your Work" and the short film "The Newman Shower." Duff has also enjoyed an accomplished television career. Her small screen credits include roles on the Emmy� Award-nominated "Joan of Arcadia," "Boston Public," "Chicago Hope," "Third Watch" and "American Dreams," as well as being a series regular on "7th Heaven" for two seasons. Haylie also headlined the psychological thriller "Nightmare" on Lifetime television, as well as the thriller "Backwoods." Duff continues to gain musical achievement as a singer/songwriter. She wrote two of the hits on the WEA/Buena Vista release of "Metamorphosis." She also recorded the Go-Gos' hit "Our Lips Are Sealed" for the "A Cinderella Story" soundtrack, and sang Madonna's song "Material Girl" for the "Material Girls" soundtrack.

Reveille (producers of "The Office," "Ugly Betty," "American Gladiators," "The Biggest Loser," "Nashville Star" and "The Tudors," among others) is producing "Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search For Elle Woods." Mark Koops and Howard T. Owens are the Executive Producers for Reveille. Amanda Lipitz serves as Executive Producer and Adam Paul is Co-Executive Producer. Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley and Maira Suro serve as Executive Producers and Heather Olander serves as the Executive In Charge on the series for MTV. MGM is the worldwide distributor of "Legally Blonde." MGM is the worldwide distributor of "Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search For Elle Woods" and the original motion picture "Legally Blonde" as well as "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde."

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 137 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, with all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 260 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, which is comprised of more than 4,100 titles. Operating units including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 110 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), Texas Pacific Group (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit http://www.mgm.com.

About Reveille

Founded in March 2002 by Ben Silverman (now Co-Chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios), Reveille is a leading independent production and distribution company focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and alternative television formats. Reveille produces innovative entertainment programming across all television genres such as the award-winning shows "The Office" (NBC), which has received three Emmy Awards, one Golden Globe Award, two Television Critics Association Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Peabody Award; "Ugly Betty" (ABC), winner of three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award as well as a Peabody Award, an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award; and "The Tudors" (Showtime), winner of two Emmy Awards. Reveille also produces "American Gladiators" (NBC) and the upcoming "My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad" (NBC), "The N's Student Body" (The N) and "Eyes on Target" (The History Channel). In addition, the company produces "The Biggest Loser" (NBC); "Identity" (NBC); "House of Boateng" (Sundance Channel); "30 Days" (FX); "Blow Out" (Bravo); "Bound For Glory" (ESPN); "Nashville Star" (NBC); "The Tudors" (Showtime); and "The Restaurant" (NBC). Reveille is the world leader in creating integrated marketing opportunities for leading advertisers while developing alternative financing paradigms. In addition, Reveille distributes its growing library of programming, along with a broad array of programming acquired from independent producers and U.S. networks, to more than 150 countries worldwide through Reveille International. The company also creates, acquires and develops a broad slate of diverse films through its feature film division, Reveille Motion Pictures. Reveille's offices are located in Los Angeles.


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