He hardly set foot inside the stage door before they started dating and segued into a mad courtship. Legally Blonde, based on the 2001 megahit that starred Reese Weatherspoon, is the story of Delta Nu sorority queen Elle Woods, played of course by Bundy [who’s starred in Wicked and the original cast of Hairspary and was DD-nominated for her role in Ruthless], who gets dumped by her boyfriend for someone “more serious.” Elle, not exactly magna cum laude, follows him to Harvard Law School, where she proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. “You’re one of the most handsome men on the planet.” Later, she adds, “Andy wasn’t someone up on a screen that I couldn’t get to.” In explaining what makes their marriage work, Orfeh says, “We’re normal. When we come home, there’s talk, but it’s not the all-consuming reason for our existence.” Karl says, “Our differences compliment each other, and there’s no ego.
Christian Borle [previously DD-nominated for Spamalot] co-stars as Emmett Richmond. ” Adds Karl, “That’s when they fell in love with her.” States Orfeh, “It was just a matter of convincing them I’m not this hard ass rock chick.” Without a lot of brainiac thinking, it was also “when it dawned on Jerry [Mitchell] that we’d make a great team,” reports Karl. “I never understood why she’d be crazy enough to want to be with me,” he states. I’d be happy if Orfeh was making millions and I could buy a Mercedes.” Orfeh, cracking up, blurts, “What! ” Karl admits that even though he loves to work, “and I’ve been lucky to keep working, I’m not one of those persons who says, ‘I’ve got to make the money.’ We support each other’s career.” [He's now pursuing musical theater composing.] Orfeh's one word name is not pretension. Mom was big fan of the film Black Orpheus [based on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth and set during Carnival in Rio].
Of her salon super-diva Paulette, stuffed into hot pants and heels, one reviewer reported she was capable of setting the scenery on fire. Karl, it was noted, nearly steals the show and is akin to “walking porn.” One went so far as to write that "Kyle, the UPS guy, has a nice butt! ” She admits she wasn’t the first choice for Paulette. At some point, I suggested ‘Hey, how about my wife?
” [Okay, she was the teen critic for the Oakland Tribune, but now we know what attracts young female critics! “Because of my past [recording star with an international hit, songwriter], it’s been difficult getting roles.
Their onstage chemistry is as strong as their offstage chemistry.
Leading lady Bundy, her main squeeze Christian Borle and Orfeh have also been DD-nominated for Outstanding Actress, Featured Actor and Featured Actress.
[In a nice coincidence, Legally Blonde’s composers Nell Benjamin and Laurence O’Keefe are also married.] Orfeh and Andy met during the last six months of Saturday Night Fever.
“Will & Grace” actress Debra Messing, who stars in the upcoming NBC series, “Smash,” about the backstage drama at a Broadway musical, is at the center of her own sizzling soap opera that is the talk of the cast and crew on her new show.She and singer Megan Hilty, as rival Ivy Lynn, receive the lion’s share of close-ups in dazzling musical numbers.Messing is saddled with the less-glitzy storyline of the older career woman whose husband (Brian d’Arcy James) doesn’t want her commitment to the musical to interfere with their plans to adopt a baby.The show also marks the return to the stage of Tony and DD-winner Michael Rupert as Professor Callahan. They worked on the parts at home, but she got the role based on her audition. The couple may be the embodiment of the old axiom that opposites attract. "It fascinates me that people think I came up with it. The girl is Orfeo and Mom got it into her head that was what her child was going to be named. " A born and bred New Yorker [Karl’s from Baltimore] with a French and Italian heritage, she does say that her name intrigues people. ” In public school here, she continues, "no one even batted an eye when roll call was called. During the pre-Broadway San Francisco run, the reviews for Orfeh and Karl were exemplary and only drowned out by screaming girls hunting down Karl.
Director Jerry Mitchell has received two nominations: Director and Choreography.