Legally Blonde is a musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin (of Bat Boy fame) and book by Heather Hach. The story is based on the original novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the subsequent 2001 film.
The musical tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. While at Harvard, Elle discovers how her newly found knowledge can help others, and successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial. While no one has faith in Elle, she always manages to surprise everyone and defy expectations while staying true to herself.
The Broadway production of Legally Blonde was originally filmed for television in hopes that the capture would serve as a long commercial for the show on MTV. The music channel filmed the production three times in September 2007 - once without an audience, once during a regularly scheduled, and one final time with an invited audience all dressed in pink.
MTV managed to broadcast the musical just three weeks after filming the show at the Palace Theatre. Producers allowed the channel to air the show a maximum of six times - one of which was a special Sing-A-Long airing.
Almost 13 million viewers tuned in to watch the show on MTV, which equals more than 15 years of sold-out crowds at Broadway's Palace Theatre. A couple of weeks after the broadcast, the show saw a considerable boost in ticket sales and years later managed to have a sell-out US tour thanks to the brand recognition the show managed to build from the MTV airing.