Woman Power Wednesday: Laura Osnes

If you know me, you know that I’ve been a huge fan of Ms. Laura Osnes since I first watched her win the role of Sandy on Grease: You’re the One that I Want ten years ago. She starts performances in Bandstand on Broadway this week, so I figured it was the perfect time to feature her.

On Grease: You’re the One That I Want, Laura was known as “Small-Town Sandy” because she is from a small town in Minnesota.  She was an underdog at the beginning of the season, but she didn’t let that stop her from working as hard as she could to win the role. She would always graciously take the judges’ feedback and use it to improve on her performance for the next week. I like to think that my votes helped her to win the role of Sandy at the end of the show.

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Woman Power Wednesday: Courtney Reed

Courtney Reed is a real life Disney Princess. She has been starring as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin on Broadway since Spring 2014. She is a regular at 54 Below’s Princess Parties, and she has a large collection of Jasmine memorabilia. While the Jasmine in the 1992 film is a strong and independent woman, Courtney’s Jasmine is even more so. One of her lines is, “What’s wrong with a woman running the kingdom?” (This evidently has been getting particularly strong reactions lately.)

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Woman Power Wednesday: Samantha Massell

If you have ever heard Samantha Massell sing, you know what a very special talent this woman possesses. If you haven’t, you must listen to her sing “God Help the Outcasts/Someday” now. Samantha has an incredible ability to act a song in a way that makes people listening feel the emotion of the lyrics. As a result, she has brought me to tears several times as I heard her sing.

I saw Samantha as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof several (read: maybe too many) times. After a few times, Samantha recognized me at the stage door and always made me feel like she was glad to see me. It was clear to me that she appreciated my support.

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Repeat Attender

When I tell people that I’ve seen Waitress seven times, I often get strange looks. People ask me, “Why would you see a show so many times?” While contemplating the answer to this question, I’ve come up with several reasons why.

First of all, every time I see a new show, I notice something different. When you’re not focused on following the plot of a show, it’s amazing how many other things you notice. For example, I spend entire performances tracking ensemble members of shows (Beth Nicely in Something Rotten and Linedy Genao in On Your Feet are notable examples). It’s amazing how much story is being told onstage that doesn’t come from the principal actors of the show. Continue reading