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Laura's show could use some help

Posted by: Graydon Royce under Theater, Behind the scenes, Minnesota artists Updated: December 13, 2011 - 2:43 PM

 

Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan in "Bonnie and Clyde" on Broadway.

If you’re heading for New York any time over the holidays, you may wish to throw a little love toward Laura Osnes. Our young local legend fared OK in the Broadway reviews for "Bonnie and Clyde," but the show is having a rough time. According to Playbill, the Frank Wildhorn musical grossed a little more than $400,000 in the week that ended Sunday. Beyond that, audience capacity was down 8.8 percent from the previous week. Only "Private Lives" declined more.

The silver lining is that you should be able to get cheap tickets to see Osnes. The average price was $59, well down on the bottom end of Broadway tickets. "Wicked" and "Spider-Man" still rule the roost, but the producers who have to really be licking their chops are the geniuses who popped for Hugh Jackman’s mammoth hit, "Back on Broadway (didn’t he steal that title from Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol?)." Hugh drew 102 percent capacity on a $160 ticket last week.

Regardless of how "Bonnie and Clyde" does, Osnes has proven herself a reliable Broadway performer with a string of high-profile appearances in "Grease," "South Pacific" and "Anything Goes." Is the Wildhorn show closes early, she’ll land on her feet.

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