Elsie Fest, New York City’s first outdoor music festival celebrating tunes from the stage and screen, is set to launch on Sunday, September 27 (2-9PM) at JBL Live at Pier 97 (57th St and WestSide Highway in New York City). Performers will include Aaron Tveit, Darren Criss, Lea Salonga, Laura Osnes, Seth Rudetsky, Leslie Odom, Jr., and StarKid.
The acts will be performing songs from the musical properties you’ve grown to love them from, in addition to some of their favorite songs. Each set will be approximately 30 minutes. In between sets on the main stage, be sure to visit the Marie’s Crisis beer garden, where pianists from this iconic West Village piano bar will be taking requests from your favorite musicals, and guiding everyone in massive singalongs along the Hudson River. A portion of the proceeds will benefit BroadwayCares: Equity Fights Aids.
Tickets are $49.50 or $250 for a VIP pass. Exclusive Meet & Greet packages are also available. For additional information, visit: http://elsiefest.com/
On the Twentith Century Opening Night on Broadway – March 12th [x32 HQ]
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2015 Tony Honors Cocktail Party – June 1st [x7 HQ]
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Bonnie & Clyde Broadway Production Stills [x6 HQ Added]
Carousel Backstage [x3 HQ]
Carousel Production Stills [x28 HQ]
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Carousel Rehearsal [x3 HQ]
Broadway alum Corey Cott, Tony nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Laura Osnes and Tony winner Beth Leavel will headline the world premiere of The Bandstand at Paper Mill Playhouse, according to Variety. Directed by Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuhler, the show will begin performances on October 8 and open on October 18.
Cott appeared on Broadway earlier this year opposite Vanessa Hudgens in Gigi. He made his Broadway debut as Jack Kelly in Newsies and has appeared on screen in Madam Secretary and the upcoming films The Intern and The Teacher. Osnes made her Broadway debut in Grease, and has since starred in South Pacific, Anything Goes, Bonnie and Clyde and Cinderella. She also appeared in the off-Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera and in Chicago Lyric Opera’s Carousel opposite Steven Pasquale. Leavel won a Tony Award in 2006 for her performance as The Drowsy Chaperone’s title character. She was also nominated for Baby It’s You! Her additional credits include Mamma Mia!, Elf, Young Frankenstein and 42nd Street.
The musical, which features a swing score by Richard Oberacker, who collaborated on the book and lyrics with Robert Taylor, tells the story of a group of soldiers who returns to Cleveland after fighting in World War II. They enter a song competition, the winner of which gets to perform his or her tribute to the troops on a live broadcast.
The production will feature set design by David Korins, costumes by Paloma Young, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.
Additional casting will be announced later. Though it seems aimed for Broadway, there is no official word on whether the musical will play the Great White Way following its Paper Mill production, which runs through November 8.
The Broadway Princess Party
Featuring Laura Osnes
The Princesses are throwing a ball, and you’re invited! Hosted by Broadway’s Cinderella herself, Tony nominee Laura Osnes, and music director Benjamin Rauhala, Broadway’s most beloved leading ladies will sing the most beloved ‘Princess’ songs of stage and screen in a magical evening that is not to be missed! Where else might a little mermaid duet with a beautiful bookworm? Or might an ice queen drink tea with a princess no bigger than the size of a thumb? Might the princess with a lost glass slipper confide in a princess who lives in a tower, with the longest of hair? Get your ballgown out of the closet, dust off that tiara and make your way to 54 Below for a Broadway Princess Party you will never forget!
Laura Participates in Broadway Bakes at Schmackary’s on May 25th [x4 HQ]
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Laura Attends An Irreverent Broadway Brunch, Presented by Vulture Festival [x13 HQ]