Laura Bell Bundy had one question when Lexington Mayor Jim Gray presented her with the key to her hometown.
“Does this come with season tickets to the Wildcats?” Bundy asked. “Key to Rupp Arena; I get right in there?”
Bundy was back in town to co-direct the Lexington Theatre Company’s production of “Legally Blonde — The Musical” with her lifelong friend Lyndy Franklin Smith, the company’s artistic director. In 2007, Bundy starred in the original Broadway production of “Legally Blonde,” earning a Tony Award nomination for best actress in a musical for her performance as Elle Woods.
“‘Legally Blonde’ was a huge opportunity for me as a young actor, and it helped every element of my being as an artist, as a person, in my career, and I am excited to come here and impart that knowledge, but also discover new things with this production,” Bundy said, after Gray presented her with the key.
The production, which plays July 20 to 23 at the Lexington Opera House, will be Bundy’s theatrical directing debut. The role of Elle Woods will be played by Emma Degerstedt, who is known for her role as Maris on the Nickelodeon series “Unfabulous,” and has played Elle Woods in Los Angeles and on a national tour of the show. In addition to Bundy, there are a few other direct connections to the Broadway original, including actor Kevin Pariseau, who played Elle’s father on Broadway and will play Professor Callahan in this show; co-choreographer Tiffany Engen, who was in the Broadway cast; and Chico, the chihuahua who is reprising his role as Elle’s dog, Bruiser, in the Broadway original.