Laura Osnes will play Elizabeth Bennet in Broadway-bound Pride and Prejudice Musical

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Laura OsnesLaura Osnes, winner of Grease: You’re the One that I Want! and star of Grease on Broadway, will play Elizabeth Bennet in the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Laura will participate in the one-night-only October 21 performance event at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York. The other roles have been cast as well; Alert Gentle Readers will recall that producer Lori Bajorek told us in an interview that cast for this event will be retained for the Broadway production, targeted for November 2009, if schedules permit.

From the press release:

Producers of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The New Musical announce that Laura Osnes (Grease!, winner of Grease: You’re the One that I Want!) will play the role of Elizabeth (Lizzy) Bennet in the Broadway-bound musical’s one-night-only performance at Rochester’s historic Eastman Theatre on Tuesday, October 21. Osnes joins previously-cast Donna Lynne Champlin (Sweeney Todd, Hollywood Arms, By Jeeves) as Jane Austen and Colin Donnell (Jersey Boys, Follies) as Fitzwilliam Darcy.

“I am so honored to join this terrifically talented cast and play one of literature’s most feisty yet beloved young heroines,” says Osnes, who recently completed a year-long run as “Sandy” in Broadway’s Grease!, after winning the hearts of voting viewers of NBC’s reality competition, Grease: You’re the One that I Want! She will also star in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Broadway: Three Generations on October 2 -5, before starting rehearsals for Pride and Prejudice on October 6.

Osnes’ fellow alumna and finalist in Grease: You’re the One that I Want!, Juliana Ashley Hansen (Saved, The Musical; Thoroughly Modern Millie, Nat’l Tour) has been cast as her sister Jane Bennet, while Mark Blum (Twelve Angry Men, The Graduate, Desperately Seeking Susan) and Patty Goble (Curtains; The Woman in White; Kiss Me, Kate) will play the parents of the five Bennet daughters. Anne Letscher (Fiddler on the Roof), Molly Ranson (August Osage County) and Jacque Carnahan (The Baker’s Wife) will round out the Bennet family as Mary, Kitty and Lydia respectively. Jim Stanek (Lestat, Little Women, The Rivals), fresh from Signature Theatre’s ACE, will play Mr. Collins, John Behlmann (Journey’s End) has been cast as Mr. Wickham, while Rory O’Malley (Happy Days: A New Musical) has the role of Jane’s suitor, Charles Bingley. Patty Goble’s dual role includes that of Lady Catherine as well as Mrs. Bennet, and Jennifer Waiser (The Pirate Queen) will play Lizzy’s friend, Charlotte Lucas.

The rest of the ensemble, playing the numerous characters in Austen’s beloved novel, include: Sarah Dacey Charles (Les Miserables), Jonathan Michie, Kat Palardy, Jon Reinhold, Matthew Schneider, Michael Scott (Follies, 110 in the Shade, Showboat), Libby Servais, Eric Ulloa and Marguerite Willbanks (Beauty & the Beast).

Tickets for the October 21 event are $35-75 and available by calling 585-232-1900 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.