With everyone’s favorite Princess Laura Osnes leaving Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella this month, we’re left with one question: what should the two -time Tony nominee do next? She’s already been to the 50’s with Max Crumm in Greade, robbed banks with Stark Sands and Jeremy Jordan in Bonnie and Clyde, and been a Princess– surely she can do just about anything by now. Well, we think so too, which is why we’ve compiled a list of 10 roles that Laura Osnes would play wonderfully.
10. Miss Honey in Matilda The Musical – One might say that Laura’s a bit too young for this role, but au contraire! In the book Miss Honey is described as a young teacher in her first year of teaching. That would put her, realistically, just around Laura’s age! We saw Laura associated with Matilda earlier in the 2012-2013 season in the Tony commercials, but what if she came back to defeat Trunchbull and be a role model to Matilda? I think that the role would be a great change of pace for Laura — plus, who doesn’t want Laura as their teacher?
9. Laura in The Glass Menagerie – The Glass Menagerie is one of my favorite plays, and I think Laura would play the role of Laura, the daughter in the show, with the exact pure feeling the role requires. Many people have played the character Laura, but Laura Osnes would bring so much depth to the character. With her experience in the role of the “good girl,” this role would play off of that, but also give her some space to experiment! Laura Osnes has said she wants to branch out of just good girl roles, after all. Laura playing Laura — it could get confusing, though!
8. Anna in Frozen – With Frozen on it’s way to Broadway, of course Laura is on our minds! After all, it was written by the composer behind Avenue Q, along with his wife. Kristen Bell, who sang her own parts for the film, sound remarkably like Laura anyway, so it’s not hard to imagine — especially in the duet with Santino Fontana! I think this would be a great role for her to play, because Anna has an amazing journey of self discovery. I think Laura would play that in such a lovely way. Plus, I kind of really want Jon Groff and Laura Osnes in the same show.
7. Fantine (or Eponine) in Les Miserables – With the Les Miserables buzz that’s flooding Broadway, I couldn’t not cast Laura! Ideally I’d love to see Laura play the role of Eponine, but with her age I think she’d be cast as Fantine. The only female adult in the show would have Laura delving into issues and situations she’d never faced before on stage. We would get to see a completely different side of her acting abilities, with both roles being definitely darker characters for her. I definitely think that, should the opportunity arise, she should take it!
6. Christine in Love Never Dies – You heard me. Not Phantom, but it’s tragically underappreciated sequel Love Never Dies. While many people don’t like to admit that LND even exists, I think Laura would play a fantastic Christine in the show. In fact, she was one of the finalists to originate the role on the West End! So, let’s bring the show to Broadway and put Laura in the role of the main character. We would get to see Laura in a motherly role, something else we’ve never seen before.
5. Belle in Beauty and the Beast – Before Laura was nominated for a Tony for Ella in Cinderella, she was nominated for Bonnie in Bonnie and Clyde, and while being interviewed about the nomination, she said in a YouTube video that Belle was her dream role. We wonder if Cinderella satisfied her princess itch, though. If not, let’s give Laura her wish and let her don the beautiful yellow gown — which coincidentally looks a lot like one of Ella’s dresses!
4. Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie – After her performance as Bonnie, we know that Laura can play headstrong girls who know what they want in life. Millie’s actually a lot like Bonnie — except for the fact that she works instead of robbing — but they both know exactly who and what they want and aren’t going to let anyone get in their way. This is definitely something that should happen.
3. Cinderella in Into The Woods – One of my favorite shows is Into The Woods, and when I heard Laura was a part of the famous reading that took place a few years ago as Rapunzel, I was happy — but a bit sad! Anna Kendrick is no doubt going to be a fantastic Cinderella, but with Laura’s experience with princesses and the similarities between the two Cinderellas, we think she’d be a wonderful choice!
2. Cathy in The Last Five Years – The reasoning for this is the same as for Millie. This role would be great to show Laura playing a strong female character, like Bonnie, but without the robbing factor. Cathy is one of my favorite characters, and I’ve wanted Laura to play Cathy since the revival and the movie were announced. Will my wish ever come true? One can only hope!
1. Maria in The Sound of Music – How do you solve a problem like Maria? Get Laura Osnes to play her, of course. I can’t even begin to explain how much this role fits Laura. Laura is like a mini-Julie Andrews, talent-wise. She can play any role that Julie Andrews played throughout her career. She’s already mastered Cinderella, let’s add another RnH show to the list!
I had to cut out multiple other ideas I had, what are some of the roles you think Laura Osnes should play? Let us know in the comments!