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Cabaret at The Commons with Laura Osnes
November 18, 2015
After landing her first Broadway role playing Sandy in Grease on reality casting show You’re The One That I Want!, Laura Osnes quickly became a Broadway favorite in her own right. Already she has played some of Broadway’s best-known leading characters — Sandy in “Grease”; Nellie Forbush in “South Pacific”; Hope Harcourt in “Anything Goes” — and originated the role of blossoming bad girl Bonnie Parker in “Bonnie & Clyde,” earning a Tony Award nomination for it.
Performing for Rodgers and Hammerstein in “South Pacific” and “Cinderella,” Osnes has found her vocal sweet spot in the golden age of musical theater where the classical contours of her voice can have their moment to shine. Her rendering of Eliza Doolittle’s “I Could Have Danced All Night” from Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady resonant both in voice and character of the notable Julie Andrews.
This brunette, blue-eyed 29 year old began acting in the second grade, where she played a munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz” and pretended to play Cosette and Mary alongside cast recordings of “Les Misérables” and “The Secret Garden” in her hometown Eagan, Minnesota. With nicknames like Layo, Os-someness, and Lossums, Osnes’s charm, youthful talent and “innate emotion in her voice” will leave Columbus in awe as the second guest performer in the 2015-16 Cabaret series.