To be on Broadway, you have to be a triple-threat: you have to be able to act, dance, and sing. But to be Elle Woods on Broadway you not only have to be a triple-threat, but you have that special something- that extra "pink girl spirit." Thinking...... Read Full Episode Summary »
Fifteen hopefuls journey to New York to pursue their dream of starring as Elle Woods in Broadway's Legally Blonde: The Musical.
To be on Broadway, you have to be a triple-threat: you have to be able to act, dance, and sing. But to be Elle Woods on Broadway you not only have to be a triple-threat, but you have that special something- that extra "pink girl spirit." Thinking they have what it takes, thousands of girls from across the nation responded to the open audition call to find the next Elle Woods for the hit Broadway musical, Legally Blonde.
Of the one thousand Broadway hopefuls, only fifty of the best girls get to go to New York City where they will audition in front of the legendary director, Jerry Mitchell. Eager to cast his new Broadway star Jerry doesn't waste any time, and he eliminates the fifty one by one as they dance. The group quickly thins out until only fifteen are left on stage. These fifteen girls will continue the audition process, and after a nerve-racking first round, they are starting to taste it - they are that much closer to becoming the next Elle Woods under Broadway's bright lights.
Haylie Duff meets the girls and announces that she will be their mentor for the rest of the competition. She warns the girls not to get too comfortable because by the end of the day, five more people will be going home, leaving only ten finalists to advance in the competition.
To start the next round of the audition process, the girls are taught the hit song from the Legally Blonde musical, "So Much Better," by legendary vocal coach Seth Rudetsky.
Next, the girls will have to master some choreography. For Haylie Duff, learning the choreography and dance moves quickly was the hardest part in preparing for her debut on Broadway, and these girls will be learning the choreography in record time. For some girls, dancing is second nature, but to others it doesn't come as easily and they get frustrated because they are much stronger singers.
After the dance rehearsal, the girls meet the judges they will need to impress: Bernie Telsey, a top casting director on Broadway, Heather Hach, one of the writers of the musical Legally Blonde, and Paul Canaan, an actor and Broadway veteran.
The girls are broken up into three smaller groups of five to perform the dance they've learned for the judges. The girls don't exactly impress the judges, and the talent only gets worse as each group performs.
Next, the girls individually sing "So Much Better" for the judges - some hoping their singing will make up for their dancing. Some girls are a hit, one's too sexy, and some completely crack in front of the judges.
Having completed the two-part audition, the girls are drained and head to the dressing room to await their fate. Meanwhile, the judges discuss the girls' auditions and try to decide on the ten they could possibly cast as the next valedictorian of Harvard Law, Elle Woods.
The girls come back on stage and are called forward one by one while the judges announce their decision. Bailey, Lindsey, Cassie O, Autumn, Natalie, Celina, Emma, Cassie S, Lauren, Rhiannon make the cut and become one step closer to making their Broadway dream a reality.
Outside of the audition theater, a limo awaits the ten finalists, and the girls ride in style through the streets of New York City to the Palace Theatre where Legally Blonde is performed.
As if their night wasn't exciting enough, Laura Bell Bundy, the Elle Woods, greets the contestants upon their arrival. The producer wishes the final contestants the best of luck and sends them off in typical Elle Woods fashion: "Stay Pink! Stay Positive! Big Snaps!"