Laura Osnes, Broadway’s Cinderella, making her transformation from a servant girl in rags to a dazzling princess.
It might be every girl’s dream to be whisked away to a fairytale land, to ride in Cinderella’s magical carriage, and to don a sparkling tiara like a princess, so being on the set of Broadway’s “Cinderella” with Jimmy and the cast was quite a memorable experience for me! Growing up, when I wasn’t too busy being a tomboy, my big sister would get me to play dress-up with her; we’d wear my Mom’s old slips and jewelry while pretending to be brides, beauty queens or princesses. I imagine many of you can relate? The whole time on stage while at Cinderella, I kept thinking of big my sister, Trina, knowing how much she’d love to be in my shoes. As much as I love and appreciate Broadway and musicals, Trina is an even bigger fan! Sometimes I have to pinch myself to realize it’s all in a day’s work with the JEOPARDY! Clue Crew!
Jimmy quickly learned to operate the carriage by pedaling his feet and maneuvering the reins at the same time. He said it was much like having to pat his head and rub his tummy while trying to deliver his memorized clue! He’s a pro and made it look easy.
The lovely people from Cinderella on Broadway gave me a little gift, a tiara. I felt royal while wearing the little sparkler in the promos for this special category!
Although I’ve become very familiar “performing” in front of the camera with JEOPARDY!, it’s not every day that I get to do so on a Broadway stage. Standing amidst the grand set décor, looking out into the large theater of seats with the lights shining bright was truly exciting!
There’s always a little added pressure when the coordination of several pieces is involved in a clue. In this case, I entered the scene through the doors of a magic wardrobe. We had to rehearse it a couple times in order to perfectly time the action of the fog machine, the doors opening, and my entrance. Then I had to focus on delivering the clue precisely because you never want to be the reason for a retake when so many other people are involved! Thankfully, I managed to calm all my excitement and channel it into my clue delivering. Things came together nicely, and this clue is now one of my favorites!
With such a grand entrance, I certainly felt magical!
No Cinderella story would be complete without the famous glass slippers. These custom-made shoes were created by Stuart Weitzman and feature hundreds of glistening Swarovski crystals! Our cameraman, Chris, sadly could not fit the glass slipper, as he wears a size 13.
My backstage Broadway experience was complete when I got to borrow the dressing room of Sebastian, played by Peter Bartlett, for the day. Thanks Peter!
The colorful racks of ball gowns backstage wowed me! They were incredible to see up close. It’s no wonder that Cinderella’s costume designer, William Ivey Long, has won six Tony awards and has 13 nominations!
This is one of my favorite pictures from the shoot. Cinderella was sincerely excited about her JEOPARDY! hat! When we finished, and Laura transformed back into herself, she even wore her hat home! Thanks for making our day, Laura!