Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Whole New World

Looking northeast towards the 59th Street Bridge from East 50th Street. 3:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The first day of Summer, and if the weatherman’s right, the temperature is going to climb about 30 degrees before the day is out.

Family matters. Yesterday I took the d’s over to Groomingdale’s on 82nd Street and First Avenue for their first grooming in about two months. The shop is a three block walk from the apartment.  Missy, age 10, aka Madame, pretty in pink on the left, hates it.  As we turn down 82nd Street, she gets the picture and stops. Won’t move. I have to carry her. The little one in the middle is Byrone, age 8 – ever and always accommodating, no matter what.  And Jenny, the eldest (she’s about 11) has very little eyesight but it’s restored to its best when the fur is cut around her eyes, so she’s focused.

JH took the picture just as they emerged from the doggy salon. Madame is so glad to get out of there that she’s almost walking on air as you can see. The trio doesn’t ordinarily wear any kind of accessories except for the the leashes, so as soon as we were out of the place off came the little pink bows from Madame’s ears, and the kerchiefs from around all their necks. I’m always amazed when I see pictures of myself with them how tiny they are. Because in real life, around the house, they are very big personalities.
Broadway Babies. Yesterday down at Michael’s, Kathleen Turner celebrated her birthday with some friends and her daughter. They were at the table in the bay just around the corner from me, and I could tell they were having a good time, which is what you might expect of the Gemini birthday girl. Coincidentally – for me – I saw her the night before at the Romeo and Juliet reading at Shakespeare in the Park.

Kathleen began her professional career at age 24 on The Doctors, the very successful NBC daytime soap. Three years later she made her “jaw-dropping” film debut in Body Heat, and anybody who was around then remembers that one, a star was born and history was made. Michael’s GM Steve Millington caught Kathleen just as they were singing “Happy Birthday.”
New Broadway Babies. Last night, the lovely Laura Osnes, of the newest stars on the Great White Way, made her debut at the Café Carlyle. Theater-goers know Miss Osnes from her roles in Anything Goes (where she played Hope Harcourt), as well as the first New York revival at Encores! this past Spring of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pipe Dream, as well as the most recent revival of Grease, and in the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific where she took over the role of Nellie Forbush  for Kelli O’Hara who was on maternity leave. Most recently she appeared on Broadway in the musical Bonnie and Clyde.
Laura Osnes at the Tonys Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan in the musical "Bonnie and Clyde."
A little girl from Eagan, Minnesota who started dreaming of Broadway as a small child taking dancing and singing lessons, Ms. Osnes has already hit her stride at 26, with an amazing resume of musical work. She has a beautiful soprano voice and is also right at home with folk and pop. Her program includes Jerome Kern, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, as well as Meredith Willson’s “Till There Was You," which was introduced many moons ago by Barbara Cook whose lilting vocal purity is matched by Osnes who performed last year at the Kennedy Center honors tribute to Miss Cook.

Also on last night’s program: songs by Randy Newman, Jay Livington and Ray Evans, Gus Kahn, and Norah Jones. In the audience last night was Joel Grey (dining with Tommy Tune and friends), who joined the evening’s star on stage for a rendition of Cole Porter’s “Friendship” from Anything Goes and Kander and Ebb’s “A Pineapple For You,” from Cabaret, the show in which Joel Grey became a Broadway star overnight.
Laura Osnes and her husband Nathan Johnson at a Yankees game. The couple met when they were both understudying in "Aladdin." Last night at the Cafe Carlyle the couple sang "A Whole New World."
Also in the audience last night was Osnes’ husband Nathan Johnson, whom she introduced to the audience. The couple met when they were understudies in Aladdin. last night they sang “A Whole New World” from the show.

Laura Osnes will be appearing through Saturday June 30 at 8:45 PM. During the engagement, she’ll be joined by other friends such as Newsies star Jeremy Jordan – with whom she co-starred in Bonnie and Clyde, as well as Tom Wopat, and Max Crumm.  For reservations call 212-744-1600. For additional information visit

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