PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Laura Osnes

News   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Laura Osnes Laura Osnes — star of Broadway's new musical revival of Grease — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Laura Osnes
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Full given name: Laura Ann Osnes
Hometown: Eagan, MN
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Audition song: "Not For the Life of Me" from Thoroughly Modern Millie
Special skills: Killer scrap-booker and ping pong player! 
First Broadway show ever saw: Contact.  It was my first trip to NY, freshman year of high school with a group of theater kids.  I have since visited NY several times, of course, and seen dozens of shows!  It's so fun to finally be LIVING here in the City!
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Side Show — I love the original Broadway cast album, but have never seen the show before.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Mary Poppins — It was so magical, I cried!
Favorite showtune: "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz — it's a classic.
MAC or PC? PC
Most played song on your iPod: I actually don't have an iPod...
One CD you couldn't live without: The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown
Last book you read: "Abba's Child" by Brennan Manning
Favorite board/card game: Catch-Phrase and Pictionary
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Sutton Foster
Pop culture guilty pleasure: My X-Box!
First stage kiss: I was playing Frenchie in a teen-workshop production of Cabaret.  I had to kiss my dance partner eight times during one of the dance numbers.
Favorite post-show meal: I love going to the Roxy for post-show cheesecake... you can't beat it! (But it'll cost an arm and a leg.)
Worst flubbed line: I was playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.  After the Tin Man's song, I completely forgot my next line and the scarecrow kept trying to prompt me, but I could not remember it for the life of me.  I ended up skipping all the way to the end of the scene and right into "We're off to see the Wizard," missing at least two minutes of stage dialogue and a whole chunk of the Tinman's story.... Oops.  It was closing night, so I didn't even a chance to redeem myself!
Worst costume ever: Having to be in a full penguin suit when I was in a production of Mr. Popper's Penguins.  I started with leggings & t-shirt, added a fat-suit pod, and over that a thickly padded black velvet penguin costume.  It covered my face completely, with just a patch of mesh to peek through.
Cats or dogs? Dogs!
Favorite cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Who would play you in the movie? I would have Rachel McAdams play me in a movie!  I wonder if she sings? grin
Who were you most star-struck by during "Grease: You're the One that I Want"? Definitely Andrew Lloyd Webber! He is a musical theatre legend and getting the chance to work with and sing for him was unforgettable!