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.
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.
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
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/
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!
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.
Ted Sperling will conduct the New York Philharmonic and vocalists Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana in A Broadway Romance, a one-night-only Valentine’s Day concert, Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. The program will feature songs from popular musicals ranging from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s Girl Crazy to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel and Stephen Sondheim’s Company, woven together to tell a unified narrative of a romance from beginning to end, from meeting to first date to falling in love to marriage.
Ted Sperling led the Philharmonic in a similar program, Broadway Night with the Philharmonic, during its July 2013 Bravo! Vail residency, with vocalists Betsey Wolfe and Andrew Samonsky. During the following summer’s residency, Mr. Sperling led the Philharmonic with Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana – who starred together on Broadway in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella – as well as Christine Ebersole in Broadway Night with the Philharmonic: The Music of Frank Loesser. Ted Sperling most recently appeared with the Philharmonic conducting and directing its semi-staged production of Kern & Hammerstein’s Show Boat, in November 2014.
Ted Sperling’s recent collaborations with the New York Philharmonic include Show Boat in November 2014; Broadway Night with the Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail in July 2013; An Enchanted Evening with Paulo Szot, the 2013 Spring Gala; and Anywhere I Wander: The Frank Loesser Songbook, the 2012 Spring Gala. He conducted Brian Stokes Mitchell in the original Broadway productions of Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. Mr. Sperling was recently appointed the artistic director of the Collegiate Chorale; he has led the chorale in performances of The Firebrand of Florence, The Grapes of Wrath, The Mikado, and Song of Norway, all at Carnegie Hall. This season he will also be performing with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Westchester, Phoenix, and Detroit symphony orchestras, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a regular guest at 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics and Lyricists series, Mr. Sperling hosted a program about Fanny Brice in May 2014. He has frequently worked with Victoria Clark, Deborah Voigt, Audra McDonald, Nathan Gunn, Paulo Szot, Kelli O’Hara, and Vanessa Williams. Mr. Sperling won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Drood, Les Mise?rables, and Sunday in the Park with George. Ted Sperling was an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic, playing bandleader Wallace Hartley. His Off-Broadway credits include A Man of No Importance, Wise Guys, A New Brain, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, and Romance in Hard Times. Mr. Sperling’s directing credits include the World Premieres of The Other Josh Cohen, See What I Wanna See, Charlotte: Life? Or Theater?, and Striking 12, as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark. For the Public Theater, he directed gala performances of The Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Martin Short, and Eric Idle, and Cabaret with Anne Hathaway, Harvey Feierstein, Linda Lavin, Rau?l Esparza, and Eddie Redmayne. He has conducted the scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate and Everything Is Illuminated, and directed the short film Love Mom, starring Tonya Pinkins. He is creative director of the 24 Hour Musicals and a consultant to the Public Theater.
Laura Osnes was most recently seen on Broadway as the title role in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Drama Desk Award; Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Award nominations). She also starred in Frank Wildhorn’s Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Award nomination), creating the role of Bonnie 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 Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations), Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, and in her Broadway debut as Sandy in the most recent revival of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s Grease. Other New York credits include Weill’s The Threepenny Opera (Drama Desk Award nomination), directed by Martha Clarke at the Atlantic Theater Company; Encores! Productions of Arthur Schwartz’s The Band Wagon, Randy Newman’s Faust, and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Pipe Dream; and a one-night-only concert of The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall. On television, Ms. Osnes has been seen on the CBS series Elementary, in the HBO pilot The Miraculous Year (written by John Logan and directed by Kathryn Bigelow), 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 Pops, and the Pasadena Pops and appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Cafe? Carlyle, 54 Below, NJPAC, Las Vegas Smith Center, and the Los Angeles County Arboretum. In addition to being heard on several cast recordings, Laura Osnes has two solo albums, Dream a Little Dream: Live at The Cafe? Carlyle and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston. Ms. Osnes’s gowns are provided by Dennis Basso. Laura Osnes has previously appeared with the New York Philharmonic as part of SONDHEIM: The Birthday Concert (also aired on PBS) in 2010, and concert celebrating Frank Loesser during the Orchestra’s Bravo! Vail residency in July 2014.
Santino Fontana was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his work in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. He was most recently seen as Moss Hart in Act One at Lincoln Center Theater. Other Broadway appearances include Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (Clarence Derwent Award), Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs (Drama Desk Award), Elton John’s Billy Elliot, and Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George. Off-Broadway he appeared in Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet at the Roundabout Theatre (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards) and Harvey Schmidt’s The Fantasticks, as well as Andrew Grosso and The Essentials’ Perfect Harmony, for which Mr. Fontana served as co-writer. For television, Mr. Fontana recently wrapped filming for Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, and co-stars in Showtime’s upcoming Crazy Ex Girlfriend. His other television credits include The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, A Gifted Man, Royal Pains, and Made in Jersey. On film, Mr. Fontana will star in the upcoming Universal film The Nest alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; he also appeared in Disney’s Frozen, Paramount’s Jack Ryan, and Nancy, Please (Tribeca Film Festival 2012). He has also appeared on the web series Submissions Only. After graduating from the Guthrie/University of Minnesota’s Actor Training Program, Santino Fontana played the title role in Hamlet at the Guthrie at age 23. He previously appeared with the Philharmonic during its Bravo! Vail residency in July 2014, in a program celebrating the work of Frank Loesser conducted by Ted Sperling.
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This February, two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Bonnie & Clyde) will lead the cast of workshop presentations of the new Broadway-bound musical Somewhere in Time, based on the novel by renowned author Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come) and the subsequent hit film starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Dan Knechtges (…Spelling Bee, Xanadu), the workshop presentations are set for Friday, February 13 in midtown Manhattan.
In Somewhere in Time, young playwright Richard Collier has an encounter with a mysterious old woman on the opening night of his earliest success; she entreats him, to his bewilderment, to “come back to me.” Several years later, with his life and career in disarray, he seeks quiet and contemplation and checks in to a storied hotel from his youth. But his stay at the hotel turns into the journey of a lifetime as he unravels history — and time — to discover a powerful but perhaps impossible love with Elise McKenna (Osnes), an elusive and captivating actress from the early twentieth century.
The 1980 film of Somewhere in Time is a romantic classic, beloved by several generations of moviegoers. This world premiere musical adaptation invites those who love the story, and those discovering it for the first time, to experience its magic with original music by Doug Katsaros, lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz and book by Ken Davenport.
Laura Osnes landed her first Broadway role playing Sandy in the most recent revival of Grease! and quickly became a Broadway favorite, starring as Nellie Forbush in the Lincoln Center Theatre production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and as Hope Harcourt in the Tony-winning revival of Anything Goes. She earned Tony Award nominations for both title characters in Bonnie & Clyde and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Complete casting will be announced soon.
Dan Knechtges’ directing and choreography credits on Broadway include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Tony Award nomination), 110 in the Shade, Xanandu, Sondheim on Sondheim and Lysistrata Jones.
The creative team for Somewhere in Time will also include set design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Christopher Ackerlind, orchestrations by Doug Katsaros and musical direction by Paul Staroba.
Somewhere in Time had its world premiere production at Portland Center Stage in May 2013.
Somewhere in Time is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Carl Daikeler, Michael DeSantis, Jeffrey Fergus, Kari Lynn Hearn, Adam Levowitz and Kat White.
For more information, visit www.SomewhereInTime.com.