Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Guiding Light Stars Shine on Stage

Congratulations to Laura Bell Bundy, my favorite Marah, for her Tony Award nomination: Best Performance for a Leading Actress in a Musical. She stars as Elle Woods, the role Reese Witherspoon once made famous, in "Legally Blonde: The Musical." Bundy is no stranger to 42nd Street. After leaving the role of Marah Lewis, which she played on "GL" from 1999-2001, she went on to star as Amber Von Tussell in the hit musical "Hairspray" and then was the original standby for Glinda in "Wicked." While I'd love to see her return to Springfield, or another on another soap, I'm really happy to see her using her musical talents and getting the recognition she deserves.

There's also another (current) "GL" actress who is living her dream on Broadway. Mandy Bruno, who plays Marina Cooper on the soap, has won the role of Eponine in the revival of the classical musical "Les Miserables." It can't be easy juggling a front-burner storyline on daytime with the demands of the stage, but it's an opportunity a theater lover like Mandy couldn't turn down. You can catch her in "Les Miz" from now through October.

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