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By admin • June 26, 2017 • 0 Comments

Joining the all-star line-up for the 37th annual edition of PBS’ A CAPITOL FOURTH, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, are acclaimed country music singer and songwriter Kellie Pickler, Grammy-nominated gospel legend Yolanda Adams and Broadway star and two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (BANDSTAND). Pickler, the AMERICAN IDOL alum, DANCING WITH THE STARS champion, and star of the hit TV show I LOVE Kellie Pickler will perform “This Land is Your Land” and “Small Town Girl” from her Gold-certified debut albuM. Adams, one of gospel’s seminal voices, will perform “Battle Hymn of the Republic” with Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music. Osnes will be featured in a patriotic medley and will also perform alongside the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial Flags during the fireworks finale.

A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on PBS Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide. In addition, the concert will be live-streamed online on Facebook Live and http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2017.

Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (FULLER HOUSE, SCREAM QUEENS) will host A CAPITOL FOURTH, featuring performances by: soul men Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi of The Blues Brothers; iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys, with special guests John Stamos (drums) and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath (vocals); legendary Motown stars The Four Tops; country music star and Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry Trace Adkins; THE VOICE Season 12 winner Chris Blue; and multi-talented actress and singer Sofia Carson (DESCENDENTS 2); with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

The program is a co-production of Michael Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C. Executive producer Michael Colbert has assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television’s most prestigious entertainment awards shows including the GRAMMY AWARDS, COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, TONY AWARDS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and more.

About Capital Concerts
Capital Concerts is the production force behind two of television’s longest-running and highest-rated live programs commemorating America’s most important holidays. THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, the nation’s tribute to our men and women in uniform, and A CAPITOL FOURTH, our country’s biggest birthday party, have become American traditions that have consistently ranked among the highest rated programs on PBS over the past decade. The holiday specials have been honored with over 80 awards including the New York Film Festival Award, the Telly Award, the Golden Cine Award, the Videographer Award, the National Education Association Award, the Aurora Award, the Christopher Award, the Communicator’s Award, the AXIEM Award, the Omni Award and the Writer’s Guild of America Award.

Underwriters
A CAPITOL FOURTH is made possible by grants from The Boeing Company, the National Park Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of the Army, PBS and public television stations nationwide. Air travel is provided by American Airlines.

Visit the program website at: http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth.

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By admin • May 25, 2017 • 0 Comments

This year’s Stars in the Alley roster calls for a Heather Headley mic drop! Anastasia’s Christy Altomare and Bandstand’s Laura Osnes are just a few of the Broadway favorites set to perform at this year’s concert. The rain-or-shine concert is scheduled to take place on June 2 at 1:00pm in Shubert Alley, west of Seventh Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets in New York City.

There will also be appearances by Tony nominees Jenn Colella, Rachel Bay Jones, Dave Malloy, John Douglas Thompson, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Richard Thomas, Eva Noblezada, Corey Hawkins, Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson.

The lineup also includes Alistair Brammer, Nick Cordero, Trista Dollison, Barrett Doss, John Dossett, Ali Ewoldt, Christopher Fitzgerald, Alyssa Fox, J. Harrsion Ghee, Alan H. Green, Ellen Harvey, John Benjamin Hickey, Caitlin Houlahan, Rodney Ingram, Allison Janney, Telly Leung, Kristolyn Lloyd, Bianca MarroquÍn, Tedra Millan, Sean Montgomery, Abby Mueller, Mamie Parris, Will Roland, Charlie Russell, Athan Sporek, Douglas Sills, Ana Villafañe, Michelle Wilson, Michael Xavier and Nancy Zamit.

The concert will come just nine days before the 71st Annual Tony Awards. The ceremony will air on CBS on June 11 at 8:00pm EST, live from Radio City Music Hall.

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By admin • May 16, 2017 • 0 Comments

Dearest Mama,

Thank you for the bows you used to put into my hair,

Thanks for sewing fluffies back into my teddy bear.

Thanks for teaching me to pray before I fell asleep,

Thanks for passing on your gift for buying great things cheap!

Thanks for always playing the piano when I sang,

Thanks for warding off the first few high school boys who rang!

Thank you for the belly laughs we’d share till we were blue,

Thanks for nursing me through every cold, sore throat, and flu.

Thanks for gluing sequins on my dance costumes for years,

Thanks for all the times you held me close and wiped my tears.

Thank you for the enchiladas, apple crisp, and roast,

Your homemade salsa recipe’s the one I miss the most!

I miss the conversations we had driving in the car,

Blasting all the show tunes, belting like I was a star.

Off to the rehearsals, doing homework on the run,

But always finding time for Dairy Queen or Cinnabon.

Oh, what I wouldn’t give to share another treat right now,

Or even just to dial up and FaceTime you some how.

If only I could look at those blue, sparkling eyes again,

Or hear that playful giggle or just chitchat now and then.

Especially on this day, the Mom-compartment of my heart

Aches for you, while wondering why Heaven’s early start.

So often, I’m reminded of your everlasting love,

But sometimes it’s just not enough to feel it from above.

So, I’m pretending one more time I’m wrapped in your embrace

To say these words of fierce appreciation face to face.

With strength and love, I strive to make you proud, I guarantee.

Thank you for the woman you inspire me to be.

By Laura Osnes

This is part of a special series, “Thank You, Mom,” highlighting letters of gratitude from celebrities and notable writers leading up to Mother’s Day. To view the full collection, which will be added to throughout the month of May, go here.
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By admin • November 04, 2016 • 0 Comments

Bandstand will be the next occupant of the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre when The Color Purple vacates the venue on January 8, 2017. Directed and choreographed by Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler and starring two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Corey Cott, the previously announced transfer of the Paper Mill Playhouse production will begin previews on March 31. Opening night is scheduled for April 26.

Osnes and Cott will both reprise their roles in the new tuner. Set in the smoke filled, swing fueled night clubs of 1945, Bandstand brings the against-all-odds story of singer/songwriter Donny Novitski (Cott) and his band of mismatched fellow WWII veterans to the stage. When a national radio contest to find America’s next big swing band offers a chance at instant fame and Hollywood fortune, Donny must whip his wise-cracking gang of jazzers into fighting shape. Teaming up with the beautiful young war widow Julia (Osnes) as their singer, they struggle to confront the lingering effects and secrets of the battlefield that threaten to tear them apart. Playing for every voiceless underdog in a world that has left them behind, they risk everything in the final live broadcast to redefine the meaning of victory. With an explosive original score and choreography inspired by the high energy swing rhythms of the era, Bandstand is a truly American story of love, loss, triumph and the everyday men and women whose personal bravery defined a nation.

With music by Richard Oberacker, and a book and lyrics by Oberacker and Robert Taylor, the original score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters and band members.

Additional casting and creative team will be announced shortly. The Paper Mill company also included Tony winner Beth Leavel, Joe Carroll, Brandon J. Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, Geoff Packard and Joey Pero.

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By admin • November 05, 2015 • 0 Comments

Following a critically acclaimed, hit world premiere engagement at Paper Mill Playhouse this fall, the new musical will open on Broadway in the 2016 – 2017 season starring Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella) and Corey Cott (Newsies).

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), The Bandstand features music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor.

Dates, theater and additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Andy Blankenbuehler said “It’s been really thrilling to see The Bandstand come to life for the very first time up on the stage at Paper Mill Playhouse. We’ve learned a lot about the show, and we’re excited to continue working on the piece as we focus towards an opening in New York next year. The show’s heart is huge, and its voice is both unique and exciting. I’m very, very thankful to be part of this team!”

Set in 1945, The Bandstand tells the story of musician Donny Novitski who is about to take on the mission of his life: leading his band of fellow veterans into competition for America’s next swing band sensation. However, complicated relationships, the demands of the competition and the challenging after-effects of war may break these musicians. The original score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters and band members. When Donny meets a beautiful, young singer named Julia, he finds the perfect harmony in words and music that could take this band of brothers all the way to the live radio broadcast finale in New York City. But to succeed, it will require every ounce of talent, stamina and raw nerve that these musicians possess.

The Bandstand features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and casting by Tara Rubin Casting.

The Bandstand will be produced on Broadway by Tom Smedes, Gabrielle Palitz, Terry Schnuck and Tom Kirdahy.

www.BandstandBroadway.com

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By admin • October 01, 2015 • 0 Comments

Laura Osnes on Faith and Surrender – Sheri Dew Presents – BYUtv

Laura Osnes (Broadway actress and singer) explains to Sheri Dew the necessity of living with faith and learning what to do next in our personal journey.

See Laura’s full interview on living a faith-filled life in entertainment in the BYUtv special “Sheri Dew Presents: Believers in Hollywood.”

Watch Online on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 on BYUtv: http://www.byutv.org

By admin • August 21, 2015 • 0 Comments

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/

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By admin • August 11, 2015 • 0 Comments

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.

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By admin • July 06, 2015 • 0 Comments

The Broadway Princess Party
Featuring Laura Osnes

Date: Sunday August 16th, 2015
Times: 7pm (Tickets) & 9:30pm (Tickets)

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!

http://54below.com/artist/the-broadway-princess-party-feat-laura-osnes/

By admin • December 18, 2014 • 0 Comments

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today that Laura Osnes will star as Julie Jordan in Lyric’s new production of Carousel, on stage April 11 through May 3, 2015. Osnes comes to Lyric following her Tony-nominated role in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway. She joins Steven Pasquale, who stars as Billy Bigelow, in this new production directed and choreographed by legendary Tony, Emmy, and Olivier Award winner Rob Ashford.

“We are so thrilled to add the exceptional Laura Osnes to our Carousel cast as Julie Jordan,” noted Anthony Freud, Lyric’s general director. “Her multiple Tony nominations speak to her depth and breadth as a singing actress, and she provides the perfect complement to fellow Broadway star Steven Pasquale’s Billy Bigelow.”

Osnes was most recently seen on Broadway in the title role of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Drama Desk Award; Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Award nominations). Osnes also starred in Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Award nomination), creating the role at Asolo Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award). She appeared as Hope Harcourt in the Tony-winning revival of Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations), Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center’s production of South Pacific, and made her Broadway debut as Sandy in the most recent revival of Grease. Other New York credits include The Threepenny Opera at the Atlantic Theater Company (Drama Desk Award nomination); Encores! productions of The Band Wagon, Randy Newman’s Faust, and Pipe Dream; and a one-night-only concert of The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall. On television, Osnes has been seen in the CBS series Elementary, the HBO pilot The Miraculous Year, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, HBO’s documentary Six By Sondheim, and the Kennedy Center Honors salutes to Barbara Cook (2011) and Dustin Hoffman (2012). Her many concerts and cabarets include performing with Michael Feinstein, the New York Philharmonic, the New York Pops, and the Pasadena Pops; and appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Café Carlyle, 54 Below, NJPAC, Las Vegas Smith Center, and the LA County Arboretum. In addition to being heard on several cast recordings, Osnes has two solo albums, Dream A Little Dream: Live at The Café Carlyle and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston.

Previously announced cast members for Carousel are Steven Pasquale as carousel barker Billy Bigelow and Denyce Graves as Nettie Fowler. Pasquale was most recently seen on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County with Kelli O’Hara and is currently appearing on CBS’s The Good Wife. Internationally acclaimed opera star Denyce Graves will make her musical theater debut with this production, singing the iconic “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Carousel will be conducted by Broadway veteran David Chase (debut), who will lead members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, and will be directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, who made his Lyric debut in the 2013-14 season directing a new production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Ashford recently co-directed Macbeth at the Park Avenue Armory with Kenneth Branagh. He was also stage director for NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live! Chase is a regular collaborator with Ashford; he was music director for The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live!, as well as the recent Broadway revival of Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, directed and choreographed by Ashford. Artist Paolo Ventura will make his theatrical debut as set designer. Tony Award-winning Catherine Zuber is costume designer, returning to Lyric after her company debut with Ashford’s Barber. Lighting will be designed by Neil Austin, and Michael Black will be chorus master.

Carousel is the third Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to be presented as part of Lyric’s American Musical Theatre initiative. The King and I and South Pacific follow in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, respectively. Past productions were Oklahoma! in the 2012-13 season and The Sound of Music in the 2013-14 season.

Carousel opens Saturday, April 11 and runs through Sunday, May 3, 2015 (including 25 performances and one matinee preview performance on April 10) at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago. Tickets start at $29, and are now available at lyricopera.org/carousel or at 312-827-5600.

The new Lyric Opera production of Carousel is generously made possible by The Negaunee Foundation, an Anonymous Donor, Robert S. and Susan E. Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher Reyes, Liz Stiffel, Mrs. Herbert A. Vance and Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance, and Jim and Vicki Mills/Jon and Lois Mills.

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