Legally Blonde: The Musical To Air On MTV?

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Lb_logo_newOmigod! MTV to Broadcast Legally Blonde in its Entirety Along with Backstage Special
via Broadway.Com Headlines on Sep 04, 2007

In an historic move, MTV has announced plans to film the Broadway musical Legally Blonde and air it in its entirety multiple times on the popular cable network. The first broadcast of the MTV special Legally Blonde – The Musical, which includes a backstage look at the hit show, is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 at 1PM.

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"Omigod You Guys": MTV May Broadcast Legally Blonde: The Musical
By Andrew Gans

05 Sep 2007

MTV will likely broadcast a performance of the new musical Legally Blonde, which is based on the hit film of the same name, the New York Post reports.

The cable network, the Post says, will film a performance of the musical at the Palace Theatre this month. No air date has been officially announced.

A Sept. 5 statement issued by the show’s producers says, "The report in today’s edition of The New York Post on Legally Blonde — The Musical ("I ‘Blonde’ My MTV") is premature. If an agreement is reached between the producers of the Broadway production and MTV to air a behind-the-scenes special and the production in its entirety, a detailed press release will be issued. There is no confirmed news to be reported at this time."

This would be a rare, if not unprecedented step, for a Broadway musical to air in its entirety during its run. Several productions — including the original casts of Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George — were taped during their runs, but were broadcast after closing. A concert version of Les Misérables was aired during the run of that international hit musical, but it was not a fully staged production. More recent shows that have been filmed for broadcast include Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Jekyll & Hyde. The recent revival of Company was also filmed for future broadcast.