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New MTV show searches for the next Broadway star - VIDEO

by Kristin Sample, posted May 13th 2008 2:01PM

Haylie DuffMTV has a new show called Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods. The show, hosted by Haylie Duff, will follow ten hopefuls as they vie for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of starring on Broadway and replacing Tony-nominated actress Laura Bell Bundy in Legally Blonde The Musical.

In addition to learning the choreography and songs for the show, the ten young women will compete in challenges created by the team behind the real Broadway musical. They will also be guided by ex-cast members (including Laura Bell Bundy), the director of the show Jerry Mitchell, associate director Mark Bruni, and choreographer Denis Jones.

It should be noted that unlike other reality competitions, America will NOT decide who is the next Elle Woods. The judging panel will included casting director Bernard Telsey, writer Heather Hach, and Jerry Mitchell. Mitchell himself will have the final word on who takes the stage nightly. Do you think this will make for a more authentic look at what it takes to become a Broadway star?

MTV's new show premieres Monday, June 2nd at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Hosted by Haylie Duff? And she knows what about Broadway exactly? If a show like this were to have any legitimacy, it would need to be hosted by a true theatre actor. And a respected one -- not a celeb guesting in a play for a few weeks in an effort to gain a little credibility. Again -- Haylie Duff??

May 13 2008 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

MTV and Broadway. Hahhahhaah.

Yo yo, that's, like, hot, and stuff!

How have the mighty fallen...

May 13 2008 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You know, I'm totally old school. Even though back in the 50s (and 20s), broadway plays became films and broadway stars, filmic ones, I still like to see theatre as slightly separate from reality tv, etc. So, when I see Batman and/or Footlose the musical (excluding Spamalot :), a wee bit of me misses a time when Broadway was all about original content. In one way, this is probably more grueling than most Broadway auditions and, technically, the film was made for the MTV-generation. However, since they're clearly focusing more on the drama of pretty girls, I might've watched it if they used people with a bit more experience.

May 13 2008 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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