Laura Bell Bundy will be wielding girl power on Broadway.
Bundy will star as Elle Woods in a musical version of "Legally Blonde," based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon and the novel by Amanda Brown. It will open April 29 at the Palace Theatre. Preview performances begin April 3.
San Francisco will see the musical first, with a five-week engagement at the Golden Gate Theatre, Jan. 23-Feb. 24.
The show, which has music and lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe and a book by Heather Hach, tells the story of a determined young woman who, when dumped by her boyfriend, goes to Harvard Law School, which her ex also attends.
The show will mark the Broadway directorial debut of Jerry Mitchell, who won a 2005 Tony Award for his choreography for the revival of "La Cage aux Folles."
Bundy has appeared on Broadway in such shows as "Hairspray," where she originated the role of Amber Von Tussle, and "Wicked," where she replaced Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda the good witch.