Laura Osnes: Holiday Traditions

Laura Osnes is one busy gal. Before her much-anticipated return to Broadway in Bandstand, which opens in April, she’ll star in Blueprint Specials, a series of lost WWII-era musicals composed mainly by Frank Loesser. The show will run in January on the hangar deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum as part of the Under the Radar Festival.

“It’s a perfect pre-curser to Bandstand because there are actual vets and members of the military cast in the show!” says Osnes. “Essentially, Blueprint Specials is a long lost musical that Frank Loesser wrote while he served during World War II. I think it’s going to be really special, especially getting to perform ON the Intrepid with actual service men and women.”

But before she starts singing with our troops, Osnes shared a couple of her favorite holiday traditions with Broadway Style Guide.

What is one of your favorite things to do in New York around the holidays?
I love getting hot chocolate and strolling through the adorable holiday shops at Bryant Park; picking out a little Christmas tree with my husband on the corner by our apartment; witnessing the giant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center; and visiting Macy’s at least once during the season—even though it’s insane!

Do you have any holiday traditions from childhood that you still maintain today?
Growing up, I always got to celebrate Christmas a few times because my parents were divorced. My husband’s parents are also divorced, so the tradition of getting a double Christmas has doubled again!

Sometimes we are able to go home and sometimes we aren’t because of work, hence, Christmas is a little bit different every year and we’ve learned to adapt to that and each family’s different traditions. [Our traditions] often include a candle-lit Christmas Eve church service, opening Christmas morning stockings, and cookie baking/decorating.

I think once Nate and I have kids, some of those traditions I grew up with in our extended families will definitely be passed on within my own family.

Speaking of baking, what is one of your favorite things to cook around the holidays?
Oooooh!! Two things—a cranberry/apple baked brie that I unusually make for Thanksgiving AND Christmas. It’s always requested and never left over. (Though I never use nuts cuz my hubby doesn’t care for them.)

Several years ago, I discovered an awesome ginger cookie recipe that I come back to every year. It’s chock full of sweet, spiced, molasses-y chewy goodness!

Have you started any new holiday traditions?
I grew up with artificial Christmas trees in Minnesota, but for the past nine years since being married and living in New York, Nate and I have gotten a REAL Christmas tree! Plus, we always find a night to celebrate with our closest friends who have become our “New York family.”

What are you looking forward to about bringing Bandstand to Broadway?
I’ve been part of the developmental process of this musical for the past two years, so to see it finally getting a Broadway theater is thrilling and rewarding. I can’t wait to tackle the challenge of this uniquely complex and rich role I’ll get to originate. I have the upmost adoration and respect for our cast and creative team, and we all seem to have this unwavering belief in the importance of this story. We’re all super excited to start working on it again and finally share it with the world!