Behind the Scenes: Inside the Playbill Photo Shoot with Bandstand’s Laura Osnes

Photo Features   Behind the Scenes: Inside the Playbill Photo Shoot with Bandstand’s Laura Osnes
Tony nominee Laura Osnes and her husband Nathan Johnson get comfy at the Knickerbocker Hotel to talk TV guilty pleasures, best brunches, and snuggle time.
Nathan Johnson and Laura Osnes
Nathan Johnson and Laura Osnes Marc J. Franklin

Laura Osnes is giddy. “I can’t wait to share this story with the world,” she says of her upcoming star turn in Broadway’s Bandstand, which begins performances March 31 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. “This is a completely original, brand new musical based on nothing; it’s not a movie, it’s not a book, but it’s based on a real time period.” While Laura has originated roles on Broadway, including one of the the title roles in Bonnie & Clyde, this is the first time she invents a whole person from the ground up—no historical basis, no previous incarnations. “I’m getting to create this role literally for the first time. Now one has ever played Julia Trojan before.”

But creating a role on Broadway is no simple task, and Osnes’ schedule is about to get very busy. On her nights off, she’s looking for some rest and relaxation with her husband, photographer Nathan Johnson. Playbill snuggled with the adorable couple at the luxurious Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square for a photo shoot to try out our latest Playbill pajamas. In return, Johnson and Osnes gave Playbill a glimpse of their home life, from breakfast routines to the television guilty pleasures they can’t live without.

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