American actress and country singer
Born: April 10, 1981, Euclid
Height: 165 cm
Married to: Tom Hinkle (since 2017)
Parents: Don Bundy
She achieved fame after participating in the Broadway musicals “Hairspray”, “Wicked” and “legally Blonde”, the role in the latter of which earned her a Tony award nomination. In 2010, she released her first album Ashen and Shaking on the Universal label and the title single “Giddy On Up”, which was a success on the Billboard charts.
Laura Ashley Bell Bundy (born April 10, 1981) is an American actress and singer who has performed in a number of Broadway roles, her best known being the original Amber Von Tussle in the musical version of Hairspray, the original Elle Woods in the musical version of Legally Blonde and Dr. Jordan Denby on television’s Anger Management. She signed to Mercury Records Nashville and released her first country music single, “Giddy On Up”, on February 20, 2010. The album’s second single, “Drop on By”, was released to country radio on August 9, 2010.
Bundy originated the role of Tina Denmark in the musical Ruthless! The Musical which opened Off-Broadway in 1992. For this part, she was nominated for a 1993 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. In 2002, at the age of 21, she made her Broadway debut in the musical Hairspray, originating the role of Amber Von Tussle. Bell Bundy was next a standby for both Kristin Chenoweth and Jennifer Laura Thompson in the role of Glinda in Wicked. She ended her run as the standby in August 2004.
From 2007 to July 2008, she starred on Broadway 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.
Credits outside of New York City include the national tour of The Sound of Music, Gypsy with Betty Buckley and Deborah Gibson at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey (1998) and the Los Angeles production of Rock of Ages, in which she starred as Sherrie.
Bundy reprised the role of Elle Woods in the U.S. national tour of Legally Blonde: The Musical as a temporary replacement for the injured Becky Gulsvig. She began her brief run on January 13, 2009, and ended on February 22, 2009. She was to play Elle again during the Nashville engagement of the national tour from June 23–28, 2009. However, she fractured her arm during the June 27, 2009, performance, finished the show and was rushed to the hospital immediately after.
On September 27, 2008, she participated in a benefit concert for Anaheim, California’s the Chance Theatre with fellow Wicked alum Eden Espinosa and with Spring Awakening alum Lea Michele for the Broadway Chance Style: Up Close and Personal concert.
She appeared as Trixie Norton in a new musical The Honeymooners, based on the television comedy The Honeymooners. The musical premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Milburn, New Jersey on September 28, 2017, running to October 29. Directed by John Rando the musical also starred Michael McGrath as Ralph Kramden, Michael Mastro as Ed Norton and Leslie Kritzer as Alice Kramden.
Bundy appeared in the lead role of Sweet Charity staged and directed by Kathleen Marshall in June 2018 in Los Angeles.