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The Seth Concert Series – Laura Osnes | Review

Laura Osnes found herself living the theatre dream rather sooner than she had envisaged. Having completed a year of studies in musical theatre, her professional career started blooming at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she and Nathan Johnson understudied the lead roles in a production of Aladdin: they became an item, and had to time their wedding according to what was going on with Osnes’ participation in an NBC Television talent contest called Grease: You’re The One That I Want!, a 2007 Broadway series along the sort of lines as the 2006 BBC Television’s How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, in which a public ballot (apparently) decided who would take the lead in the London Palladium revival of The Sound of Music.

Laura Osnes

As it turns out, Johnson is comfortable being a photographer these days – when pressed by Seth Rudetsky during his brief appearance in this online concert, his appetite for being a theatre actor wasn’t exactly insatiable, and at the end of the day, he’s doing something he enjoys. More than a dozen songs were squeezed into this ninety-minute concert, quite remarkable given Osnes’ propensity for storytelling: seasoned viewers of episodes of The Seth Concert Series will be familiar with the multiple rounds of auditions that theatre actors undertake, as well as the kind of mishaps that occur even in productions that have been running for some time.

For the most part, Osnes’ choices of showtunes were taken from older shows, such as Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Fiddler on the Roof, which suits her soaring soprano voice. That a song from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was included seemed apt for someone who moved to New York from Minnesota and had to adjust, quickly, to press engagements, stage dooring and the faster pace of life in the Big Apple. But, she says, she is grateful to be part of the Broadway community that she adored and looked up to in her formative years.

She started with a modified rendition of ‘I Have Confidence’, at face value to lower the audience’s expectations, as though she might turn into a quivering wreck at some point for fear of failure. But there was no detectable nervousness or stage fright (a momentary blip when the sound dropped out during the online broadcast does not, by any stretch of the imagination, count). An alternative arrangement of ‘Far From the Home I Love’ from Fiddler on the Roof proved particularly poignant, and a medley of songs from Cinderella combined with ‘On The Steps of the Palace’ from Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods was simply delightful. This was a warm and engaging concert from a talented star for whom assistance from the Fairy Godmother is surplus to requirements.

4 stars

Review by Chris Omaweng

Laura Osnes is a two-time Tony Award nominee for her performances in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Drama Desk Award) and Bonnie & Clyde and has also starred on Broadway in Bandstand, Anything Goes, South Pacific, and Grease. Laura stars in the Hallmark channel movies: One Royal Holiday, A Homecoming For The Holidays, and In The Key Of Love, and guest-starred in F/X’s Fosse/Verdon, CW’s Dynasty, CBS’ Elementary, and the new digital musical A Killer Party. Other NY & regional: The Scarlet Pimpernel and Crazy For You (Manhattan Concert Productions), The Threepenny Opera (Atlantic Theater); The Band Wagon, Pipe Dream (City Center Encores!); The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall), Carousel (Lyric Opera of Chicago), On The Town (Boston Pops). In addition to touring with the popular Broadway Princess Party concert series she co-created, her concert career includes broadcast performances with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Live From Lincoln Center (PBS), The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS), A Capitol Fourth (PBS), American Songbook (PBS), Six By Sondheim (HBO), and more.

Sunday, February 14 at 8:00PM ET
Monday, February 15 at 3:00PM ET


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