One of the best aspects about living near New York City is the access to the creme de la creme of personalities: in all walks of life. Many of you know how passionate I am about music, since? I used to be a concert pianist when I was younger, and I still love the chance to accompany Off Broadway singers. So, I was thrilled at the opportunity to meet Tony Award Nominee ?singer Laura Osnes.
Osnes garnered widespread and critical acclaim for her performance as Bonnie in Bonnie and Clyde. It’s a pity I didn’t see the Broadway musical which ended in December?I would have absolutely loved to see her perform? but it was great catching up with the star in person.
She rose to fame virtually overnight and the 25-year old furthered her career that year by getting a TONY Award nomination. “I was in shock,” she says of her initial reaction to the phone call from her agent. But as with anyone in show biz worth their salt, the real pros seldom feel that they deserve a nomination, let alone an award.
I only know that this is the tipping point for Osnes’ career, and it’s going to be REAL fun to watch her go places.
We chatted with Osnes about her passion for travel.
The charming and gracious Laura Osnes
Laura and I (sounds like a musical, right?)
Tony Award Cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes
Butterflydiary: How often do you travel? As a Broadway star, you must visit so many diverse places in need of your talents.
Laura Osnes: When I’m working in a Broadway show, I unfortunately don’t get to travel much because I only have one day off per week. ?It’s sometimes difficult for my husband and I to plan vacations, but we try to have at least one nice getaway every year. ?Last year we traveled to London, and the year before that we spent two weeks all over Italy. ?This fall, we’re trying to plan a Caribbean cruise with some of our friends. ?Sometimes my career does take me to new places, though ? I previewed a Broadway-bound show (“Bonnie & Clyde”) at La Jolla Playhouse near San Diego, CA. ?It was such a treat spending three months of winter in the beautifully charming, mild-weathered city of La Jolla. ?I also recently did a concert in Las Vegas! ?I had never been there before, so it was a perfect opportunity to explore the excitement of that city for a few days.
BD: Does travel ever wear you down? How do you de-stress?
LO: Traveling is a little exhausting to me? I have to admit, I’m a bit of a home-body. ?I love listening to music while I travel and also enjoy taking time to journal or read. ?I find that’s one of the most effective times I get to do these things! ?I try to stay hydrated and full of Vitamin C when I travel? can’t afford to get sick, especially if I have to perform! ? ??
BD: What’s one of the favorite places you’ve visited and why? ? ??
LO: Positano, along Italy’s Almafi Coast! ?My husband and I spent three nights in the quaint, mountain village of Positano and it was one of the most beautiful and charming places I’ve ever seen. ?Tuscany was gorgeous, too. ?The food in Italy is so spectacular? every meal, every course, every day! ?
BD: What items can’t you live without that you pack?
LO: My toiletries bag ? I’m a girly girl and I like to still be put-together and made-up to a point, even on vacation (hehee!). ?Sunglasses ? Whether I’m cruising down the highway, lounging on the beach, or sightseeing in Rome, I always bring my sunglasses along. ?Slippers ? They’re like my taste of home when I travel? There’s nothing quite like walking around the hotel room in the morning and night with your own comfy slippers on your feet!
BD: What’s the one place you’ve been dying to visit that’s on your bucket list?
LO: Hawaii, hands down. ?I still can’t believe I’ve never been. ?Then Australia.