Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana Will Reunite for Benefit Reading of Dear Jack, Dear Louise | Playbill

Readings and Workshops Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana Will Reunite for Benefit Reading of Dear Jack, Dear Louise
The reading of Ken Ludwig's new play will benefit Theater J.
Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Tony nominees Santino Fontana (Billy Elliot, Hello, Dolly!, upcoming Tootsie) and Laura Osnes (Grease, Anything Goes, Bandstand), who shared the stage in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, will reunite November 1 at 6:30 PM at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater for a benefit reading of Ken Ludwig's new play Dear Jack, Dear Louise.

The reading will benefit Washington, D.C.’s Theater J, the nation's most distinctive and progressive Jewish theatre.

Playwright Ludwig will also direct.

Dear Jack, Dear Louise tells the true story of the courtship of Ludwig’s own parents. The time is 1942, and U.S. Army Captain Jacob S. Ludwig, stationed in Oregon, has become pen pals with Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actor in New York City. Through letters, notes, and telegrams, the young Jewish lovers must find their way toward each other—even though they have never met.


Ludwig is the author of Lend Me a Tenor, the stage adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, and the book for Crazy for You.

Tickets are on sale to the general public starting at $300. For more information, contact Tyler Carcy at (202) 777-3225 or

Osnes and Fontana have been special guest performers on Playbill's Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway on the Rhône River 2 cruise April 7–14, 2019, featuring Melissa Errico, Norm Lewis, Rebecca Luker, Marc Kudisch, and Seth Rudetsky, and Broadway in Bordeaux With Michael Feinstein September 1–9, 2019, with other celebrity guests to be announced! Call Playbill Travel for tickets at 866-455-6789 or visit

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