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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!


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.


By admin • December 18, 2014 • 0 Comments

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.


By admin • December 15, 2014 • 0 Comments

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By admin • December 09, 2014 • 0 Comments

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.


By admin • December 01, 2014 • 0 Comments

Playbill Travel has announced the all-star roster for its fifth annual Broadway on the High Seas cruise, which will journey through Southeast Asia’s seaside destinations and cities Nov. 4-15, 2015.

Theatregoers will set sail aboard the privately chartered luxury vessel Le Soléal.

Headlining Broadway on the High Seas 5 will be two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, Tony winner Lea Salonga, two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole, Tony nominee Liz Callaway, Tony nominee Norm Lewis, two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes, Tony nominee Hunter Foster and Drama League Award nominee Jennifer Cody.

Additional talent will be announced.

Playbill columnist Seth Rudetsky will return as master of ceremonies and music director, a position he has held since Broadway on the High Seas’ inaugural voyage in 2011. Broadway on the High Seas founding partner Judy Perl and her eponymous Judy Perl Worldwide Travel will again serve as exclusive Playbill Travel program provider, coordinating all travel arrangements for the 264 guests and talent aboard the ship.

The itinerary commences on the ground in Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon) for a two-night stay in a luxury hotel before taking off on our private luxury cruise ship making stops in tropical coastal towns and beach resorts in Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia. The cruise disembarks in Singapore, where travelers can also extend their stay.
“We opened up bookings to our past passengers less than a month ago, and we are already over 50% sold-out,” said Playbill President and CEO Philip Birsh in a statement. “This speaks to the outstanding reputation Playbill Travel has acquired over our past five vacations. Most of our travelers are repeat customers — many enjoying three or more trips. Playbill Travelers have come to recognize the exceptional experience they have while in our care and the once-in-a-lifetime journey they have with our singular talent, award-winning accommodations, and exemplary staff.”

Previous performers on Broadway By The Sea have included Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christine Ebersole, Andrea Martin, Ana Gasteyer, Alice Ripley, Lillias White, Lewis Black, Sherie Rene Scott, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley.

To book, call (866) 572-7847 or email playbill@judyperltravel.com. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for more information.


By admin • November 25, 2014 • 0 Comments

Principal Conductor Ted Sperling Leads Winter Pops!

Tony-Winner Christine Ebersole, Frozen’s Santino Fontana and Cinderella’s Laura Osnes Headline Concert of Frank Loesser Hits

On December 21st at 3 pm the Westchester Philharmonic and Broadways brightest stars will light up the Concert Hall at the Purchase Performing Arts Center with its annual Winter Pops! The Phil’s newly appointed Principal Conductor Ted Sperling will lead a program titled Anywhere I Wander: The Frank Loesser Songbook, starring two time Tony-winner Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens, 42nd Street), Drama Desk winner Santino Fontana, (Cinderella, Billy Elliott, and the recent Oscar-winning hit Frozen) and Laura Osnes (Bonnie & Clyde, Cinderella).

One of the most versatile of musical theater composers, Frank Loesser wrote works that are among the most creative and enduring achievements of Broadway including Guys & Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Where’s Charley?, and The Most Happy Fella. Even before he wrote his first show he was known to America for the song hits of his Hollywood career, including the Oscar-winning “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” In all, he wrote lyrics for more than 60 songs and films.

About a similar program directed by Ted Sperling and presented by the New York Philharmonic, Playbill commented: “Put together with the taste, intelligence, and scholarship that we’ve come to expect from musical director Ted Sperling, whose expert conducting of this marvelous orchestra was only one of many highlights, the evening glowed from start to finish.”

Audiences can keep the holiday fun going at our popular Pops After-Party! Mingle with the stars while enjoying scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting with Aries Wines & Spirits. Early reservations are a must! Only $22 with a Pops ticket purchase.

Ticket Information:
Concert-goers advised to purchase in advance for perennially sold-out concert

All performances will take place in The Concert Hall at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York.

Four concert subscriptions are available and range from $394-$98. Single tickets range from $30-$97. Pops After-Party tickets are $22. Student/child/group discounts are also available.

To purchase tickets and for additional information call the Westchester Philharmonic Box Office at (914) 682-3707 ext. 10 or visit www.westchesterphil.org. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card accepted.

About the Westchester Philharmonic

Now in its 32nd season, the Westchester Philharmonic is the oldest, continuously running professional symphony orchestra and largest performing arts organization of any kind in Westchester County. The Philharmonic’s main stage concert series makes its home at the 1,300 seat Concert Hall at the Purchase Performing Arts Center, with outdoor concerts, chamber concerts, children’s programs, and special events throughout the area, attracting savvy music-lovers from Rockland, Bergen, Fairfield, and Putnam counties, New York City, and beyond.

In November 2013 the Philharmonic proudly announced the concurrent appointments of Jaime Laredo and Ted Sperling as the orchestra’s Principal Conductors, commencing with the current 2014-15 season.

Founded in 1983 as the New Orchestra of Westchester under the leadership of Music Director Paul Lustig Dunkel (who became Music Director Emeritus in 2008), the orchestra was later re-named the Westchester Philharmonic. Renowned artists who have performed with the Phil include Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, Branford Marsalis, Midori, Garrick Ohlsson, Itzhak Perlman, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Gil Shaham, Isaac Stern, and André Watts.

Among the many new works commissioned and premiered by the Westchester Philharmonic is Melinda Wagner’s Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. A new commission by Christopher Theofanidis is scheduled for debut during the 2015 – 2016 season.

The orchestra’s award-winning education program reaches thousands of elementary school students each year and culminates in a full orchestra concert. The Phil also partners with local organizations to present free and low-cost chamber concerts, as well as to provide subsidized seating at main stage concerts, welcoming hundreds of area residents each year who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend.

The orchestra is comprised of the finest professional free-lance musicians from around the greater metropolitan area, who also perform regularly with the New York City Ballet, Orchestra St. Luke’s, Orpheus, Mostly Mozart, and for many Broadway shows. Members of the Phil hold faculty positions at Juilliard, Mannes, Manhattan School of Music, Purchase Conservatory, Vassar and Bard Colleges, and at local public schools.

Source: This information was sent to me from an employee at the Westchester Philharmonic, if you have any questions about it, please feel free to ask!

By admin • July 17, 2014 • 0 Comments

If you’ve been dream casting Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana in more romantic musicals after hearing about the Transport Group’s The Music Man concert, well, you’re in luck. The Broadway duo, as well as The Phantom of the Opera headliner Norm Lewis and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, have joined the lineup of the New York Philharmonic’s 2014-15 season.

Osnes and Fontana will lead A Broadway Romance on February 14, 2015. The Valentine’s Day concert will feature romantic tunes from scores including West Side Story, She Loves Me, Carousel and Follies. Of course, the duo know how to bring a love story to the stage after both receiving Tony nominations for their performances in Cinderella. The concert will be conducted by Tony winner Ted Sperling.

Lewis will take part in a special New Year’s Eve concert, A Gershwin Celebration. He will join jazz singer Dianne Reeves in performing jazz-inspired selections from the Gershwin songbook. The concert, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, will also feature the composer’s Cuban Overture and Catfish Row, a suite of music from Porgy and Bess (for which Lewis received a Tony nod in 2012).

From June 10 through June 13, 2015, Cotillard will star in the U.S. premiere of Joan of Arc at the Stake, an oratorio by Arthur Honegger. The staged production will be helmed by Côme de Bellescize and conducted by Alan Gilbert. The actress took home an Oscar for portraying Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, and also starred in the film adaptation of the musical Nine.

As previously announced, the New York Philharmonic will also present a semi-staged production of Showboat from November 5 through November 8. Broadway alums Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and Lauren Worsham are set to star.


By admin • July 10, 2014 • 0 Comments

Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham, who co-stars in the Tony-winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, will host Broadway Sings Its Heart Out July 28 at Joe’s Pub.

The 7 PM concert will benefit Zara Aina, the organization founded by Pinkham and Lucas Rooney that offers children in Madagascar “the tools to succeed as students and story tellers by delivering school supplies to their villages and producing their original works of theatre.”

The evening will feature the talents of Tony winner Adriane Lenox, Laura Osnes, Jacob Ming-Trent, Kate Schutt, Griffin Matthews, Matt Gould, the cast of Witness Uganda and Pinkham’s Gentleman’s Guide co-stars Lisa O’Hare and Lauren Worsham.

A VIP reception will kick off the evening at 6 PM; doors for the performance will open at 6:30 PM.

Tickets, priced $100 and $250, are available via Publictheater.org or by calling (212) 967-7555. (All proceeds will benefit Zara Aina. Donors can also make a tax-deductible donation to Zara Aina through its fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas, or donate directly through its website, www.zaraaina.org.)


By admin • July 09, 2014 • 0 Comments

A dream role come true! Laura Osnes will reunite with her princely Cinderella costar Santino Fontana for the Transport Group’s concert presentation of The Music Man on August 11. Guys, we all totally called this one. The one-night-only event, helmed by artistic director Jack Cummings III, will play the Irene Diamond Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

The two will be joined by Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Alexandra Silber, Mary Testa, Jill Paice, Heather Mac Rae, Jeffry Denman, Stanley Bahorek, David Greenspan and D.C. Anderson. Complete casting will be announced at a later time.

Osnes made her Broadway debut in Grease, and his 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 the Encores! concert production of Faust earlier this year. Fontana most recently starred on Broadway in Act One; his additional credits include Cinderella, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Billy Elliot and Sunday in the Park with George. On screen, his voice can be heard in Frozen.

The Music Man features music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and a book by Willson and Franklin Lacey. It centers on Harold Hill, a traveling con man who poses as a band leader—despite not knowing the first thing about playing an instrument. Marian Paroo, the town librarian, sees through his act, but as the two fall in love, Hill risks being revealed as a fraud. The musical includes such famous songs as “Good Night My Someone,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Gary, Indiana,” “Shipoopi” and “Til There Was You.”

In previous years, the Transport Group has staged concert productions of Once Upon a Mattress and Baby.