The Dirt with Laura Osnes
Laura Osnes as Cinderella with Victoria Clark as her Fairy Godmother, performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC (Jenny Anderson/Broadway.com)
Laura Osnes’ Broadway career got off to an unusual start. Instead of going through the standard cattle-call audition process, she took part in the nationally televised reality competition “Grease: You’re the One that I Want!” in 2007, which cast the stars of the Grease revival on the Great White Way. Osnes was a fan favorite from the beginning and ultimately scored the role of leading lady Sandy. After Grease’s Broadway run, she went on to play leading parts in South Pacific, Anything Goes and Bonnie & Clyde, plus many regional productions. Now, Osnes returns to the Broadway stage to take on a classic, playing the title role in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The revamped fairy tale opens at the Broadway Theatre in NYC March 3. Want to know more about the show’s stunning star? Read on for The Dirt.
What did you want to be when you were a teen?
An actress on Broadway.
If you could dance with any performer, past or present, who would it be?
Oh, Gene Kelly! Except I could never keep up.
Most-played song on your iPod:
I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this, but it’s a song called “This Never Happened Before” that was cut from Bonnie & Clyde. Fortunately, we got to record it as a bonus track on the cast album, and I still love to listen to it.
New: Wizard of Oz
Old: Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
I’ve seen them all way too many times—and I’m so excited for The Hobbit!
With The Prince, Santino Fontana (Jenny Anderson/Broadway.com)
Biggest guilty pleasure:
Ice creeeeeeeam. Just kidding. Probably peanut butter.
Things you can’t live without:
My husband—and our dog Lyla
What are your pet peeves?
Slow walkers on NYC streets and cleaning Lyla’s potty off the floor
Who’s your dance crush?
Ryan Steele, duh.
What’s the strangest thing in your dance bag?
All my dance stuff is in a bin under the bed. The strangest thing in there’s a bag of bobby pins with rhinestones on them left over from my dance competition days.
Do you have any pre-performance habits?
I’ve made a tradition of “planking” before or during every show, and I also do lots of lip-trills.
What’s your dream role?
Belle in Beauty & the Beast or Marion Paroo in The Music Man
What’s your most embarrassing onstage moment?
It was during a matinee performance of South Pacific on Broadway for a bunch of students. I was wearing only a bathing suit, and I tripped and fell on one of the set pieces with my bare legs flailing everywhere. The kids were not forgiving with their laughter. I made it through the scene, but started bawling the second I got offstage. I was so embarrassed.
What has been your proudest onstage moment so far?
I think that would be taking my bow on opening night of Grease on Broadway. It was my very first Broadway show, and I will never forget that moment. My dream had come true.
We always love a good halftime performance. And we LIVE for halftime performances involving talented kids. (Fingers and toes crossed that Justin Timberlake follows Missy Elliott's lead and invites some fabulous littles to share his Super Bowl stage.)
So obviously, our hearts completely melted for 5-year-old Tavaris Jones. Tavaris may have just started kindergarten, but during Monday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Detroit native danced with the panache of a veteran pro at halftime.
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
Summer intensive auditions can be nerve-racking. A panel of directors is watching your every move, and you're not even sure if you can be seen among the hundreds of other dancers in the room. We asked five summer intensive directors for their input on how dancers can make a positive impression—and even be remembered next year.
The coolest place she's ever performed:
I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!
Something she's constantly working on:
My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'
My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
For a long time, I was the strongest dancer at my studio. But this year there's a new girl in my class who's very talented, and my teacher's attention has definitely shifted to her. I'm trying not to feel jealous or discouraged, but it seems like my whole dance world has changed. Help!
In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. Dance Magazine caught up with her to find out how she's balancing all of her dance projects.
Marzia Memoli may be the Martha Graham Dance Company's newest dancer, but her classical lines and easy grace are already turning heads. Originally from Palermo, Italy, Memoli started studying at age 16 at the Academy of Teatro Carcano in Milan. Later, she attended the Rudra Béjart School in Lausanne, Switzerland, before heading to NYC in 2016 to join MGDC. This month, she'll perform The Rite of Spring in the Martha Graham Studio Series in NYC, and tour with the company in Florida. Read on for the dirt.