Tony Time: Broadway’s Bad Girl Not Forgotten

Hello Everyone! Luner on Theatre is relaunching its Tony Time series once again in honor of the 2012 Tony Awards! Covering any ideas and anyone, in this series anything can be a discussion whether it is about the Tony Awards in general to a specific nomination in one year! We are proud to be kicking off today’s Tony Time series with an article we wrote with a smile. Today, Luner on Theatre is talking about Broadway’s bad girl who was not forgotten despite the fact that the rest of her gang was. Say hello everyone to Laura Osnes of Bonnie & Clyde.

Laura Osnes may only be 26 years old but she is no stranger to the Broadway community. Whether you recognize her as Sandy from the Broadway revival of Grease, Hope from the Roundabout revival of Anything Goes or know her as the bad girl shooting fools as Bonnie Parker in the most recent Broadway show Bonnie & Clyde, it is very evident that while Laura Osnes is new to the Broadway community, she has very quickly and easily found a place in all of our hearts. And if you’re wondering exactly where is the proof that proves that, look at her 2012 Tony Award nomination. 

Laura Osnes was lucky enough to receive a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. So how exactly did Laura Osnes pull this off while the rest of the Bonnie & Clyde gang was thrown to the dust? Let’s examine

Laura Osnes originally became involved in Bonnie & Clyde back in 2009 when she originated the role of Bonnie Parker at the La Jolla Playhouse from November 10th to December 20th 2009. She ended up returning to the production just a year later except this time found herself in Florida at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota. This is where she originally teamed up with her leading man Clyde Barrow played by Jeremy Jordan. The run in Florida went excellent and the green light to Broadway was given. However, upon arrival in New York City, it seems as though these criminals were “Wanted” before ever even committing a crime.

Bonnie & Clyde began previews on November 4th, 2011 and officially opened at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on December 1st, 2011. Despite a very warm welcoming to New York by positive audience feedback, the New York Theatre critics didn’t seem to think so themselves.

“I don’t think ingénue was what Bonnie Parker was about. Ms. Osnes brings to mind a Bennington girl slumming with rough trade on her semester off. And while she has in past performances proved herself an incisive and expressive dancer, here she’s allowed nary a step” – The New York Times

The show closed after a only 33 previews and 36 regular performances. However, if one was to ask me you can’t really trust the The New York Times specifically Ben Brantley (who wrote the words above) when it comes to anything about theatre reviews. While Brantley may understands theatre, he posses the attitude of a young child who just isn’t  and can’t be pleased by anything. And personally, that attitude is getting old. New musicals, new performers and new talent is coming to New York whether the critics like it or not. Accept it or leave.

Click here to check out the Official Luner on Theatre Review of Bonnie & Clyde on Broadway

Some critics, while not enjoying the show itself, did take a moment to recognize the young talent the show had to off specifically that of Osnes.

“What doesn’t get sad is Laura Osnes (South Pacific, Anything Goes), who makes this dime-store poetry sound like a million bucks.” – The New York Post

Due to the fact that many critics agreed Osnes performance in Bonnie & Clyde worked but not the show itself, this is why come May 1st she was honored with a Tony Nomination for the role of Bonnie Parker. A nomination that put her against some of the biggest names in the theatre business such as Jan Maxwell, Kelli O’Hara and Audra McDonald.

A nomination in the same category against names such as those is to me what proves Laura Osnes is a Broadway leading lady whether you realize it or not. This newcomer and clear ingenue has not only proved herself in a short time but proved herself now in battle that could not be won. Bonnie & Clyde received very little Tony Nominations. Co-star Jeremy Jordan was able to nab a nomination for the new Disney hit Newsies currently running on Broadway. But Osnes proved her talent in a show that could not and still came out on top. I think this shows she is not only someone to be reckoned with but someone to be seriously considered come the future of Broadway and leading ladies.

Click Here to see Laura Osnes perform “Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad”

And if you think I’m out to lunch here or something with this outlandish statement, Osnes continues to prove herself in New York City post life of Bonnie & Clyde. She was recently was seen at Encores! in Rodgers & Hammersteins Pipe Dream and most recently played Maria in a concert of The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall. She has already booked her next gig as Cinderella in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella which is Broadway bound for the 2012-2013 theatre season. Whether you like it or not, Laura Osnes is here to stay and with a lot of talent to reckon with.

Only time will tell if Laura Osnes will take home this year’s Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. And only time will tell what else comes Laura Osnes’ way in New York City on Broadway but for the time being, we will wait to see this Broadway princess become a real life princess in the Broadway bound Cinderella next year. And no matter I think, in the end it is important to know that it really isn’t about winning but knowing that you are noticed after all.For more information on Laura Osnes, check out here BraodwayWorld Biography Page. And stay tuned to Tony Time as we bring you all the theatre ideas about The Tony Awards and this years nominations you ever thought of and most importantly, didn’t think of. For more information, check out The Tony Awards Official Website. And of course stay tuned to Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need to know but want to know and more!

One comment

  • I am a huge Laura Osnes fan and saw her in Bonnie and Clyde in La Jolla. She had already proven herself as a singer and dancer in Grease and South Pacific, but in Bonnie and Clyde she proved herself an awesome actress also. She will go far! I plan to follow her career and expect awesome things in the future from her.

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