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Laura Osnes

Date of Birth: November 19, 1985 (37)

Birth Place: Burnsville, MN

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Laura Osnes BIO

In March 2009, Osnes took over the role of Ensign Nellie Forbush in the Lincoln Center Theater Broadway revival of South Pacific. She stayed with the show through October 4, 2009, when the production's original star, Kelli O'Hara, returned from maternity leave. She then starred as Bonnie Parker in the world premiere of Bonnie & Clyde at the La Jolla Playhouse from November 10 to December 20, 2009. Osnes returned to the role of Nellie in South Pacific on Broadway on January 5, 2010. She played her final performance on August 8, 2010. She reprised the role of Bonnie in Bonnie & Clyde at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota, Florida in November and December 2010.

Osnes then played Hope Harcourt in the Broadway revival of Anything Goes, which began previews on March 10, 2011, and officially opened on April 7, 2011, starring Sutton Foster and Joel Grey. For this role Osnes received nominations for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical as well as the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. She was also nominated for an Astaire Award for excellence in dance. Osnes departed the production on September 11, 2011.

Beginning previews on November 4, 2011 with a December 1 opening night, Osnes once again played Bonnie, this time in the Broadway debut of Bonnie and Clyde at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. She was joined by her Asolo Rep castmate Jeremy Jordan as Clyde. The show received negative reviews, had lackluster ticket sales and closed on December 30, 2011. However, despite the critics' distaste for the production, Osnes received rave reviews for her performance as well as her first Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.

Osnes next performed at the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors in a tribute to Barbara Cook alongside Sutton Foster, Rebecca Luker, Kelli O'Hara, Patti LuPone, Glenn Close and Audra McDonald.

In January 2012, she played the title character in a reading of a reworked adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Cinderella. She then led the Encores! stage concert production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pipe Dream, based on John Steinbeck's novel Sweet Thursday. Under the direction of Marc Bruni, the production ran from March 28 to April 1, 2012. On April 24, 2012, Osnes headlined a concert performance of The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall (New York City) as Maria. Also featured were Tony Goldwyn as Captain von Trapp, Brooke Shields as Elsa Schraeder and Patrick Page as Max Detweiler.

Osnes starred in the title role of Cinderella on Broadway, which began previews at the Broadway Theatre on January 25 and opened on March 3, 2013. Osnes received positive reviews, won a 2013 Drama Desk award and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance. She left the production on January 26, 2014, and was replaced by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Osnes starred as Polly Peachum in the Atlantic Theatre Company's Off-Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera from March to May 2014. For this role, Osnes received her second nomination for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. Osnes starred as Julie Jordan in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Carousel, alongside Steven Pasquale, in spring 2015. The production closed on May 3, 2015. The production received positive reviews.

She took part in the world premiere of the new original musical, Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, which premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse, New Jersey from October 8 through November 8, 2015. The musical has music by Richard Oberacker and book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Oberacker. Osnes most recently starred in the musical on Broadway at the Jacobs Theatre, with her co-star Corey Cott. It opened on April 26, 2017, with previews beginning March 31. The production closed on Broadway on September 17, 2017, after 24 previews and 166 regular performances.

Following the closing of Bandstand, Osnes has performed frequently in the Broadway Princess Party show that premiered at Feinstein's/54 Below, which she also hosts and co-developed with music director Benjamin Rauhala. The Princess Party has become a recurring live event at that venue that gathers both popular and up-and-coming stage actresses; at these performances, each actress assumes the identity of a Disney Princess and performs a song from stage or screen in character as that princess, with Osnes typically emceeing and performing as Cinderella. She also performs in this show on the road consistently with fellow Broadway actresses Susan Egan (Beauty and the Beast, Hercules) and Courtney Reed (Aladdin).

Laura Osnes Photos


MCP Concert Presentation, 2019

[Regional (US)]
World-premiere Concert Adaptation, 2018

Original Broadway Production, 2017
Julia Trojan

Manhattan Concert Production, 2017
Polly Baker

USS Intrepid Production, 2017

[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Playhouse World Premiere Production, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago Production, 2015
Julie Jordan

Encores! Special Event, 2014

[New York]
City Center Encores Concert, 2014

Atlantic Theater Company Production, 2014
Polly Peachum

Original Broadway Production, 2013

Original Broadway Production, 2011
Bonnie Parker

Roundabout Revival, 2011
Hope Harcourt

[Regional (US)]
Asolo Repertory Theatre, 2010
Bonnie Parker

[New York]
Roundabout Reading, 2009

Lincoln Center Revival, 2008
Ensign Nellie Forbush [Replacement]

Ensign Nellie Forbush [Replacement]

Broadway Revival, 2007
Sandy Dumbrowski

Laura Osnes Movies

[2018]BANDSTAND: The Broadway Musical on Screen Julia Trojan

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Connor Gallagher, Laura Osnes, and More To Teach With BROADWAY DREAMS at Belmont Beginning This Month

Broadway Dreams (Annette Tanner, Founder & President), the premier performing arts education organization, has announced another intensive in Nashville, TN from Monday, May 29 to Saturday, June 3, 2023 at Belmont University.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Comes to Flat Rock Playhouse

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, the Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King and I and The Sound of Music comes to Flat Rock Playhouse just in time for summer!


The Minnesota Valley Women's Chorale under the Artistic Director, Judy Sagen will celebrate their 10th anniversary with special guest, Laura Osnes, Tony Award Nominated Broadway & TV star. Also featured will be the outstanding Jazz Orchestra, Genesis.

Hershey Area Playhouse to Present BANDSTAND Beginning in May

Bandstand hits the stage of the Hershey Area Playhouse this Memorial Day Weekend and continues through the first weekend in June. Performances run Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons; May 25, 26, 27 and June 1, 2, and 3 at 7 p.m. and May 28 and June 4 at 2 p.m.

Judge Dismisses Garth Drabinsky 'Do Not Work List' Lawsuit

Remember Garth Drabinsky’s case against Actors’ Equity Association? It is now no more. Equity has won its motion to dismiss the complaint filed by Drabinsky.

Interview: Composer Frank Wildhorn on the Evolution and Enduring Appeal of BONNIE & CLYDE

BroadwayWorld had the chance to sit down at the Garrick Theatre and talk with Frank Wildhorn, the composer of Bonnie & Clyde. We discussed the evolution of the show, audience reactions around the world, and why the show is so relevant today.

Chuck Wicks Adds Shows To SHINERS Residency

Chuck Wicks has announced additional performances to the weekly schedule of Shiners, Nashville's first-ever residency extravaganza. 

A 2023 Theatre Summer Camp Guide

Looking for the perfect summer camp for your theatre-loving kid? Let BroadwayWorld be your guide and check out some of the best and most anticipated theatre arts camps of 2023.

Video: The Best Broadway Performances from the Kennedy Center Honors

The 45th Annual Kennedy Center Honors are coming up and we are celebrating the special occasion with some of our favorite videos of past Broadway performances. Check out the full list!

Wake Up With BWW 12/20: ALMOST FAMOUS Sets Closing Date, and More

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Industry Pro Newsletter: Drabinsky/Osnes Lawsuits, London Offering a Ticket Bank

Amid continued economic uncertainty, a wave of closing notices have hit Broadway - but why aren’t audiences coming? In London, in response to the rising cost of living, the government has announced a plan for the cultural equivalent of a food bank - providing free tickets to cultural institutions for those that are struggling to make ends meet.

All the Latest on Laura Osnes and Garth Drabinsky's Defamation Lawsuits

This past week, there have been updates in a couple of the big theater-related lawsuits. BroadwayWorld has the latest on Paradise Square and Garth Drabinsky, and The New York Post and Laura Osnes.

Video: A Crash Course on MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Something is stirring! As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along will transfer to Broadway in Fall 2023. Want to know more about the show? We've got you covered wit these videos!

Ephie Aardema, Rachel Schur, TikTok's Brett Boles & More to Star in A HANUKKAH CAROL, or GELT TRIP! THE MUSICAL Concert

A Hanukkah Carol, or GELT TRIP! The Musical, an irreverent and heartfelt new musical comedy for all ages that puts a “kosher” spin on the Charles Dickens classic, will present an abridged concert version of the show on December 18 (the first night of Hanukkah), in New York City at The Green Room 42.

THE THEATRE PODCAST WITH ALAN SEALES Hosts Composer Michael Mott in New Episode

The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales talks to Michael Mott on its latest episode, now available for streaming.

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Jeremy Jordan, Teal Wicks, and Hannah Elless Join 'Michael Mott & Friends' Next Month

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Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch Return To Bemelmans Bar At The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

Performers Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch will return to the Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, Sundays October 9, 23, 30, November 13, 27, December 4.

Wake Up With BWW 9/20: Sean Hayes to Return to Broadway in GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR, and More!

Top stories include: Sean Hayes will return to Broadway in Good Night, Oscar, opening in Spring 2023! Plus, One Shubert Alley will close its doors, get an update on Laura Osnes' defamation lawsuit, and more.

NYP Lawsuit: Osnes Says She Was Never Terminated From CRAZY FOR YOU & Withdrew Before Rehearsals Ever Began

BroadwayWorld has obtained a copy of the lawsuit in which Laura Osnes accuses the New York Post of defamation with respect to an article they published on August 12, 2021. The article, written by Ian Mohr and Oli Coleman, stated that Osnes was fired from a benefit performance of Crazy For You at Guild Hall because she was unvaccinated. 


Laura Osnes has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

Laura Osnes has not appeared in the West End

Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Bandstand , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Bandstand , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Threepenny Opera , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Cinderella , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Cinderella , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Bonnie & Clyde Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Anything Goes and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Anything Goes .

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