LAS VEGAS — It's a long way from "Legally Blonde — The Musical," but Broadway veteran Laura Bell Bundy felt right at home at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night in Las Vegas.
The 29-year-old singer was giddy just before the show started, after several days of rehearsal for her ACM debut. "I'm so excited about it," Bundy said about her first time performing on a country awards show. "I'm honored to have the opportunity."
Bundy said she picked a good night to kick up her boots and sing her rousing single, "Giddy On Up," which leads off her just-released second country album, Achin' and Shakin'.
With the night belonging to Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and the one-third female Lady Antebellum, Bundy said there is definitely a movement right now in country music being led by women. "Especially blonde ones," she joked. "I always appreciate the female country singers because I like to listen to female country singers sing."
With her stint in "Legally Blonde — The Musical" over, Bundy is gearing up for a tour in support of the album after a long stint away from music to focus on her acting career. But she said she hasn't totally stepped away from her stage ambitions. "I'm producing a Broadway show, so that's kind of where my toe is still dipped in the water," she said. "It's a lot of commitment to go and do a Broadway show — it takes a year and a half to two years of your life, and I'm not willing to give this up right now."
She wasn't ready to spill the beans yet on what show she's producing, saying with a smile, "I can't tell you that," but she promised some news about it in the near future. Fans got a preview of her return to live performance during her "Giddy On Up" slot on Sunday's ACM show, during which she reprised the sexy line-dancing style of the video for the song, kicking up her heels beside her backup dancers while wearing a belly-baring cropped top and chaps over skintight jeans.