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Eagan native gets big role

Eagan native Laura Osnes landed a role in Broadway production Saturday reported the Star Tribune.

Osnes will take on the role as the new Nellie Forbush in the production of "South Pacific" at Lincoln Center on March 10. The Pioneer press said it was fitting for Osnes, describing the role as a" cockeyed optimist.

The Eagan native starred in the successful Broadway revival of "Grease" in 2007, after winning the role of Sandy in NBC-TV's competition "Grease: Your the One That I Want". The show closed in January after Osnes had spent a year on it, according to the Star Tribune.

Osnes' local experience includes productions at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and Childrens' Theatre Company. After "Grease", Osnes had been in the Kennedy Center's "Broadway: Three Generations" concerts.

"South Pacific" is directed by Bartlett Sher and won the Tony award for best revival in 2008. Osnes succeeds Kelli O'Hara, a Tony nominee, who is pregnant with her first child and will return to the role next October, reported the Star Tribune.

Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/onstage/39611777.html?elr=KArksUUUycaEacyU&elr=KArksUUUycaEacyU
Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/entertainment/ci_11701117