Cinderella Star On Not Having To Compete With The Matilda Girls

Cinderella Star On Not Having To Compete With The Matilda Girls

Laura Osnes is very good in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and as a result, she's one of the frontrunners for the Tony Award for best actress in a musical.

One of the other frontrunners (or four of them, actually) would have been the girls who star in Matilda, alternating in the role. But in a stroke of luck for the other nominees, the Matilda girls were taken out of the running and will be given a special honor instead.

At a Drama Desk nominees' reception at Essex House yesterday, I asked Osnes how she feels about not having to compete with those four pint-sized powerhouses.

"I am grateful," she smiled.

But then she added, "I feel so sad that Lilla Crawford (the little star of Annie) didn't get nominated.

"She's doing eight shows a week and has to carry the whole show!"

Here's where Joan Crawford--the original Miss Hannigan, in a way-- should step in and say, "Whoever said life was fair, Lilla?"


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