In our Woman Crush Wednesday series, we will feature a woman whom we are fans of and admire. In our third installment, we’re featuring Broadway performer Laura Osnes, who celebrated her 34th birthday yesterday!
Who is our WCW?
Laura Osnes is an American actress, singer, and dancer best known for originating the role of Ella in the original Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She competed on the reality television show Grease: You’re the One That I Want!, winning the competition and the female lead role of “Sandy” in the 2007 Broadway revival of Grease. She made her Broadway debut in that musical and went on to originate two other roles on Broadway: Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde and Julia Trojan in Bandstand. Continue reading →
Two years ago today, we watched Bandstand on Broadway. It is one of our favorite musicals and has played a key role in furthering our interest in musical theatre. However, Bandstand is Ashley’s all-time favorite musical, so her knowledge of the show is more extensive. She was curious about how well Amanda knew the show. So, in honor of our Bandstand-iversary, Ashley quizzed Amanda on how well she knows Bandstand.
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in spring 2012, he joined Newsies as the Jack Kelly alternate and, in September, replaced Jeremy Jordan, Broadway’s original Jack Kelly. Corey remained in the role until Newsies closed on Broadway in August 2014.
Corey is also known for originating the role of Donny Novitski, a pianist/songwriter and World War II veteran, in Bandstand on Broadway, which opened in April 2017 and closed in September 2017. To portray Donny more authentically, he even learned to play piano for the show’s Broadway run.
We were going to write an introduction for this post, but in the midst of trying to find GIFs to include in this post to make it more fun and less word-heavy, we discovered this Tumblr post, and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
The one thing we would like to add, however, is that we make so many references to Broadway musicals that we started a “Broadway reference” jar in an attempt to stop making so many allusions. Every time we make a reference to a Broadway musical, we have to put at least 50 cents in the jar. It’s been months since we began the jar, and it has only helped slightly. Continue reading →
Now that Labor Day weekend is over, summer 2018 is in the past, making it the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past three months and the adventures we’ve had. We haven’t had the most exciting summer, as we didn’t go on vacation or anything extravagant like that. But we still had some good experiences that made the summer an eventful one—many of which happened to involve Broadway.Continue reading →