Laura Osnes who most recently starred on Broadway as Sandy in the revival of Grease(I was not a fan of the show but liked her a lot), after winning a nationwide talent search to cast that role on the NBC TV series Grease: You're The One That I Want, will now take over the role of Nellie Forbush in the Tony Award winning musical "South Pacific" beginning March 10th at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Kelli O'Hara who originated the role is leaving to have her first child with her husband Greg Naughton and will return on Tuesday, October 6th(Maybe! It's not certain).
Great news for Kelli who has stayed in this role a lot longer than I thought she would AND is planning on coming back. I loved her in her two previous shows, The Light in the Piazza and The Pajama Game whom she starred in with Harry Connick Jr. As a matter of fact I just saw a recent interview with Kelli and she claims that Harry and she will both be doing another show in the near future. They had such wonderful chemistry together. I actually thought that they were an item during that show, at least that's what the rumor around town was. Anyway, back to Laura, she was probably the best thing in Grease which I hated and I feel that she will make a fine Nellie. We shall see! South Pacific is one of my all time favorite shows and it's an absolute must see. It's a gorgeous production with the most amazing music. The big surprise right now is that if you act right away, Applause Theatre Service is offering an Insider Deal that will save you some big bucks! Just call an Applause Sales Expert now at 800-451-9930 and ask for the Deal! Tell em Swanny sent ya!