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Token Theatre Friends: ‘Collective Rage’ and Laura Osnes

This week, an interview with Tony nominee Laura Osnes about why she’s fascinated by Disney princesses, a review of ‘Collective Rage’ by Jen Silverman, and a debate about what makes a good movie-to-musical adaptation.

Twice a month on the Token Theatre Friends video series and podcast, theatre critics (and theatre besties) Jose Solís and Diep Tran bring a POC perspective to the performing arts.

It’s fall! It may be gray and rainy outside but it was sunny inside as the Friends sat down with the wonderful Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Bandstand). Laura is one of the creative forces (and voices!) behind Broadway Princess Party, a concert series featuring Broadway’s original Cinderella, Belle (Susan Egan) and Jasmine (Courtney Reed), currently touring the country. The Friends spoke to Osnes about what it’s like to be a modern princess, becoming famous on TV, and played a “guess the lyrics” game with her.

The audio of the interview is also available on the podcast, where the Friends review three shows currently playing in New York City, and debate what makes a good movie-to-musical adaptation. 

The shows that they saw this week were:

Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties by Jen Silverman running at MCC Theater through Oct. 7 ($49-$99), a provocative comedy about five women from very different backgrounds who try to put together a show.

Hurricane Party by David Thigpen at Cherry Lane Theatre through Oct. 7 ($41-$81)—a pulpy tale of two couples coping with secrets, affairs and unfulfilled dreams, in the midst of a life-threatening natural disaster.

Remnant conceived by Theater Mitu, running at MITU580 through Sept. 21 ($15-$40), a meditation on death and what we leave behind as seen through an interactive installation.

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