By Carey Purcell
24 Sep 2013
First loves were revisited when Osnes sang Maury Yeston's "My Grandmother's Love Letters." She remembered receiving an anonymous love letter in her locker in school, and Fontana asked her if she ever learned who sent it. When she said no, he joked that, per his invitation, the man was in the audience. The two then duetted on wistful renditions of "The Boy Next Door" and "Once Upon a Time."
"That's kind of an idealized version of romantic love," Fontana said, adding, "Now we're going to show you what it's really like." The duo then launched into the duet "It's Not Every Day of the Week." They also shared the stage while singing "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better" and a slow, lilting version of "Ten Minutes Ago."
Following the performance, Osnes and Fontana chatted about their own childhood performances, listing Mary in The Secret Garden, Jack from Into the Woods and Henrik from A Little Night Music as the roles they wished they had played when younger.
When asked about their new roles as Pops Education Ambassadors, Fontana said, "It's basically a new group of celebrities and artists, Broadway and TV and film, who are all agreeing to help raise the profile of music education at schools throughout New York City."
"The Pops has a high emphasis on music education programs and recently asked a lot of artists in the city to come on board and help promote that, appear at events on behalf of that, maybe do Q&As with students on their education programs," Osnes added.
Osnes and Fontana credited their childhoods in school choir, jazz band and theatre programs with their current success on Broadway.
"Since I was five, I wanted to be on Broadway," Osnes said. "I've had my eye on it for a long time. To actually be here doing it, I can say that I'm living the dream I had when I was five. So keep at it, because it happens!"
Fontana emphasized the importance of arts education, saying, "I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't have that. We need it."
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