Laura Osnes and Susan Egan on the Magical and Miraculous Powers of THE BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY
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Broadway World Nashville
What might you expect if you find yourself caught up in the spectacle of the Broadway Princess Party‘s festivities at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theatre on Friday, November 16? A theatrical concert like none other, predicts Laura Osnes, one of the three aforementioned princesses of the Great White Way who will bring their magical blend of entertainment, theatrical revelry, onstage magic – and pure, unadulterated pleasure (and boatloads of fun, we suspect) – to Music City for a one-night stand that promises to leave audiences feeling “transported, enchanted, empowered and inspired.”
The Broadway Princess Party, which is good for whatever ails you and might even provide the perfect palate cleanser after a particularly rancorous election season, began as the brainchild of Osnes, who added her own princess bona fides to her resume as the star of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway, and her friend and musical director – and fairy godfairy – Benjamin Rauhala, who decided to stage a “one-off” night of Princess patter and showtunes at New York City’s 54 Below. When that initial foray into the kingdom of make-believe and wondrous marvels (and after seeing the tremendous response to their efforts), Osnes and Rauhala decided to venture out for another performance of the show which now, three years later, has proven to be a delightful, if completely unexpected, hit.
“For that first show, we decided to ask some of our girlfriends to join us to sing a princess song,” Osnes remembers. “We booked another date, six months later, and once again we sold out.”
Then, after some six sold-out performances at 54 Below, Osnes and Rauhala decided the time was right to take their show on the road for a performance in California – where they were joined by Broadway’s original Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the inimitable Susan Egan, who coincidentally lives in Orange County (but hints of an anticipated move to Nashville for herself and her family next summer).
“If you had told me that at 48, I would be slipping into my princess persona again, I would have laughed at you,” Egan concedes. “But they pulled me in for their first concert outside of New York City and it was so much fun, I couldn’t believe it.”
As a result of the special brand of Broadway Princess synergy, which proved to be even more special (as if that’s even possible) than initially expected, Egan joined the creative team.
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