Born on April 10, 1981, Laura Bell Bundy is a Tony Award-nominated American actress and singer who has performed in a number of Broadway roles, both starring and supporting, as well as in television and film. Her most well known Broadway roles are the original Amber in Hairspray, Glinda in Wicked (standby), and the original Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical.
Bundy was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of Don Bundy and Lorna Bundy-Jones. She grew up dancing at Town and Village school of Dance, in Paris, Kentucky. She made her stage debut in regional theatre when she was nine years old. She graduated from Lexington Catholic High School. Read Full Bio >>
Bundy originated the role of Tina Denmark in the Off-Broadway musical Ruthless! The Musical. For this part, she got nomination for a 1993 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. In 2002 she made her Broadway debut in the musical Hairspray, originating the role of Amber Von Tussle. Bundy was next a standby for both Kristin Chenoweth and Jennifer Laura Thompson in the role of Glinda in Wicked. She ended her Broadway run in Legally Blonde: The Musical where she originated the lead role of Elle Woods, receiving her first Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. She was succeeded by Bailey Hanks, the winner of Legally Blonde - The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods. Legally Blonde: The Musical was where she also met her current off stage boyfriend, Christian Borle, a cast mate.
Credits outside of New York include the national tour of The Sound of Music and the Los Angeles production of Rock of Ages, in which she starred as Sherrie Christian.
Offstage, Bundy has made appearence in films including The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993), Life with Mikey (1993), and Jumanji (1995) as Young Sarah Whittle. She appeared in the 2006 film adaptation of Dreamgirls as a member of the fictitious pop group "Dave & the Sweethearts". Bundy was also seen on the CBS soap opera The Guiding Light as Marah Lewis for two years, (October 14, 1999 – October 29, 2001) as well as in television shows such as Veronica Mars, Happy Hour, Modern Men, Cold Case, and Strangers with Candy.
Bundy released her debut country music album titled, Longing For a Place Already Gone. After leaving Legally Blonde: The Musical on July 20, 2008, she returned to Nashville to work on her second album.
On September 27, 2008, she headlined Anaheim, California's the Chance Theater with fellow Wicked alumni Eden Espinosa, and with "Spring Awakening" alumni Lea Michele for the Broadway Chance Style Up Close and Personal concert.
She guest-starred in the TV series, Cold Case with Adam Pascal and Tracie Thoms in the episode "Willkommen".
Bundy was a judge at the Miss America 2009 pageant.
Bundy reprised the role of Elle Woods in the US national tour of Legally Blonde: The Musical as a temporary replacement for the injured Becky Gulsvig. She started her brief run on January 13, 2009 and ended it on February 22, 2009. She was to play Elle again during the Nashville engagement of the national tour from June 23-28.However, she fractured her arm during the performance on June 27, and finished the show, and was rushed to the hospital immediately after. << Less Bio