I’ve been out of town, so I’m going to make one big post with all the news that’s come out since I left.
Before I get to it though, just a reminder, as if we all need it, this is Laura’s last week playing Ella in Cinderella, lets hope it’s a good one! Her final show will be this Sunday, and I imagine there will be many tears all the way around.
First off, it’s finally been confirmed after being heavily rumored that Laura will take part in the Atlantic Theater Company’s Off-Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera, Opening April 7th – May 4th with Previews beginning March 12th.
The rest of the cast will include Emmy winner Michael Park, Sally Murphy and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham. It will be directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke.
“Adapted by Marc Blitzstein, The Threepenny Opera will feature Park as Macheath, Osnes as Polly Peachum, Murphy as Jenny and Abraham as Mr. Peachum. In addition, the cast of the musical comedy will include Lilli Cooper as Lucy Brown, Rick Holmes as Tiger Brown and Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil as Mrs. Peachum. The show’s ensemble will feature John Kelly as Street Singer, Sophie Bortolussi, Jon David Casey, Timothy Doyle, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Christina Spina and John Watkins.
Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s most popular collaboration, The Threepenny Opera is based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. The show centers on the scoundrel Macheath and his criminal exploits in 19th century London. In the tuner, Macheath, or Mack the Knife as he is known, marries the impressionable and innocent Polly Peachum, much to the displeasure of her father and mother. Throughout his marriage, and a series of arrests, he maintains a strong relationship with his mistress, Pirate Jenny.
The Threepenny Opera will feature scenic design by Robert Israel, costume design by Donna Zakowska, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Clive Goodwin and musical direction by Gary Fagin.”
Information on this show has been added to Laura’s Current Projects and will soon be added to her theater credits.
Laura Osnes Reflects on Her ‘Magical’ Time in Cinderella & Offers Advice to Carly Rae Jepsen
In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are asked to sit through a sometimes grueling “exit interview” about their time at the company. Although that concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, we think it’s fun to check in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Below, Cinderella star Laura Osnes, who won the 2013 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a Musical and garnered a Tony nod, looks back the friends she made (including fellow BACA winner and Tony nominee Santino Fontana!) while starring in the hit Rodgers & Hammerstein tuner.
How did you feel when you first got the job?
I was thrilled and honored when producer Robyn Goodman called to say she wanted me to play Cinderella in the developmental reading of the show a couple years ago. I feel so blessed that I got to remain with the project through a successful Broadway run!
How do you feel now that you’re leaving?
It’s always bittersweet. I am ready for a change and excited to be taking on a new challenge, but it’s going to be very hard to say goodbye to my cast and to Ella, who has been a part of me for the past two years.
What are three words you would use to describe your experience in Cinderella?
Joyful. Magical. Rigorous.
What was the easiest thing about starring in the show?
The wedding scene, because I didn’t have to talk or sing, and it meant the show was over, haha!
What was the hardest thing?
Facing so many cuts and edits during previews. Favorite moments/songs were eliminated, new lines were added at a moment’s notice, trying to make new jokes land, working through kinks in the script… Plus, it’s the busiest time, between rehearsing every day, performing every night, and typically doing a dozen press events leading up to opening night, ha!
What was the highlight of your time in Cinderella?
One of my favorite days was when the Tony nominations were announced. Such excitement, joy, gratitude, and cheerfulness filled the air at the theater that evening. But, mostly, just getting to tell such an iconic story with this fabulous cast—I love the backstage moments and traditions we all have that make me smile every show!
What skills do you think are required for who steps into Cinderella’s glass slippers?
Cardiovascular stamina—must be able to constantly be out of the breath and still be able to sing! And for extra credit, a kind heart, a generous spirit, a gentle confidence, and a belief in the “impossible.”
What advice would you give?
The transformational quick changes are a piece of cake with a bit of practice! Be patient with yourself, drink lots of water, remember to breathe, and above all, HAVE FUN!
How do you think you’ve grown during your time in Cinderella?
I get teary-eyed reminiscing about my journey with Cinderella. I’m now two years older, I’m richer in friendships and in memories, I’m learning how to pace myself—when to push through or when to be okay with taking a break, and I’ve grown from watching and working with the brilliance of Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark, Harriet Harris and Rebecca Luker. And Ella has definitely instilled a greater desire in me to be generous, kind, and forgiving.
Why are you leaving?
I’m moving on to do The Threepenny Opera off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company.
What will you miss most?
I’ll miss laughing with Santino everyday and getting to play with my friends, especially my dressers, Tammy and Carrie. I’ll miss the glances I have on stage with orchestra conductor Andy Einhorn, and hearing the awe-filled applause of the audience when the magic happens.