Ten years ago today, Legally Blonde the Musical aired on MTV. The musical was one of the first Broadway shows to be captured on film for public consumption—outside of series like PBS’ Great Performances and Live From Lincoln Center.
The October 13 airing was a combination of three captures: once in its entirety, another without an audience, and a third filming with a curated audiences of theatregoers age 15–25.
The show opened in April 2013 and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Choreography. In honor of the anniversary, we spoke to Legally Blonde’s original Vivian, Kate Shindle.
Shindle had been with the production from its earliest readings. In the video above, she shares with us secrets from the development process, stories of backstage shenanigans, the key to creating Vivian, and how she ended up belting that infamously crazy high note at the end of the show’s titular song.