Master Class: Laura Bell Bundy
Having grown up in Kentucky, almost everything Laura Bell Bundy touches turns chicken fried. But her southern roots extend far beyond her hair extensions. Her passion for performing, writing music and telling stories, combined with talent and determination, has taken Bundy from her southern comfort zone to the bright lights of Broadway and now beyond. Having originated the roles of “Amber Von Tussle” in Hairspray, “Elle Woods” in Legally Blonde, and taken a turn as “Glinda” in the smash hit Wicked, Laura Bell is set to star as “Trixie” in an all new Broadway musical version of The Honeymooners.
“I want to send the message that being who you are is not only a beautiful courageous thing, it’s a necessary thing.” — Laura Bell Bundy
The public is welcome to attend this free event featuring DePauw music, theatre and communications students. No tickets are needed.
More About the Artist
Debuting at age nine in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular was the fuel to the fire. Since then, Bundy has earned numerous nominations for her performances, including a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, an Outer Critics Circle nomination, and Drama Desk nominations.
In addition to dominating Broadway, Laura Bell has been spotted in front of the camera, appearing on network television shows such as Steve Carell’s Angie Tribeca, Idiot Sitter, Royal Pains, Cold Case, Home Improvement, Malibu Country, the recurring roles of “Becky” on How I Met Your Mother and of “Shelby” on Hart of Dixie, and her leading role as “Dr. Jordan Denby” on Anger Management opposite Charlie Sheen. Bell’s film work includes Dream Girls, Jumanji, Life with Mikey, The Adventures of Huck Finn, CMT’s To The Mat, Watercolor Postcards, After The Reality, Hallmark’s Dear Dumb Diary, and Lifetime’s Becoming Santa.
Laura Bell’s heartbreakingly personal and joyfully rowdy 2010 album Achin’ and Shakin,’ on Universal Records, debuted as Top #5 album on The Billboard country music charts. “Giddy On Up,” her breakout hit from Shakin’, reached #31 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Charts, landed her a show stopping performance on the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards, and was nominated for CMT Breakout Video of the Year with “Giddy On Up” garnering 11.6 million Youtube views. Her 2013 single with Big Machine Records, “Two Step” answers the age-old question of what happens when you combine HOT, country, dance tracks and hip-hop beats. Her 2015 Big Machine album was released to rave reviews, and her single “I Am What I Am” was Top 10 in Australia’s Country Music Charts and was heavily rotated on CMT. Bell wrote, directed and produced all four of the music videos for this album.
She is also a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and has written about her experiences with having a congenital heart defect in the Huffington Post.