Producers of Broadway's Legally Blonde
have confirmed their venture with the MTV network to search for the musical's next leading lady in a new television reality series.
As previously reported by Playbill.com, MTV's "Legally Blonde
: The Search for the Next Elle Woods" began casting Jan. 24 in Los Angeles. Dates follow in Chicago, Orlando, Nashville and New York City to search for an actress to succeed Tony nominee Laura Bell Bundy in the principal role. MTV helped Broadway's Legally Blonde
reach millions of viewers when it aired the musical in its entirety Oct. 13.
The new MTV series is produced by Mark Koops and Howard T. Owens, who have also produced the television reality shows "The Biggest Loser," "The Restaurant," "Nashville Star," "Blow Out" and "Date My Mom." Amanda Lipitz, one of Legally Blonde
's Broadway producers, joins the "Legally Blonde
: The Search for the Next Elle Woods" producing team, which also includes Maira Suro and "The Hills" executive producers Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley.
Producers of the musical also state that Legally Blonde
will launch a national tour later this fall. Dates and casting have not been announced.
Meanwhile, MGM continues the "Legally Blonde" franchise with a new movie for home entertainment entitled "Legally Blondes." The movie stars British twins Camilla and Rebecca Rosso, both of whom were featured during Legally Blonde
's pink-carpet pre-show when the musical aired on the MTV network in October.