I hate to keep beating a dead horse, but MTV just wrapped its “Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for the Next Elle Woods,” a reality-casting show that had contestants dance, sing and act their way toward a starring role as Elle Woods on Broadway.
It featured Logan’s Rhiannon Hansen, owho came in third and got herself a yearlong contract in the national tour as Margot, Elle’s ditzy best friend.
I interviewed Rhiannon while all of this was going on. She was delightful.
But, beyond that, I was struck by the opportunity. This young lady, from a small Utah town, will get paid to travel the country (and explore various cities), and earn her living every night singing and dancing.
Are you kidding me?! What could be more perfect than that?!
I’m thrilled for her and also envious. Reality TV wasn’t around in my day. And who’s to say if I was ever good enough to get noticed anyway, but it’s certainly easier to get noticed by heading to Los Angeles, than flying to New York. Reality TV has changed the face of who gets to be a star. Not just on Broadway, but in all disciplines.
So, while congratulating Rhiannon on her success, I’m excited for her. What a journey she’s about to take. I can’t even imagine the thrill.
And it leaves me thinking “What if?”
What if I had had that opportunity? What if I had thrown caution to the wind and moved to New York? What if I had pursued musical theater? Even just for a few years?
In this job I interview local folks all the time who took the plunge and are finding success.
Bravo — you won’t regret it!

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