Page Six has learned that Broadway superstar Laura Osnes has been abandoning a Hamptons show because she refuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Osnes — who shot to fame when she won the talent search show “Grease: You’re the One That I Want!” in 2008, and has gone on to possess a heavyweight Broadway career — was set to perform ahead of a star-studded audience for a one-night production of “Crazy For You” at the Guild Hall in East Hampton on August 29.
But stage tells Page Six that it requires staff and performers to be vaccinated, or submit a negative COVID test. Insiders additionally told The Post’s Michael Riedel that her co-star, Tony Yazbeck, pressed her on the matter because he said: “he has two sons and daughters reception .” We’re told that’s when two-time Tony-nominee Osnes — who starred within the name part of the Broadway adaptation of “Cinderella” from 2013 to 2014 — revealed that she hadn’t been vaccinated, and announced that she doesn’t trust the jabs.
Osnes has described herself as a Christian conservative in interviews. According to spies, she immediately got the hook and was replaced by Sierra Boggess, who played Ariel within the Broadway adaptation of the “Little Mermaid.” The night of music from the 1992 Broadway production is being directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, who won a Tony for choreographing the first.
“We have a requirement now along the lines of what Actors’ Equity is requiring, and what Broadway is requiring, for performances,” the theater’s artistic director, Josh Gladstone, told us when reached for comment. “So yes — we’re very excited with the cast that we’ve, and we’re delighted Susan has put together a gorgeous evening. We’re sorry to not have Laura on this, [and] we’ll anticipate working with Laura again. We are concerned about maintaining the security of our staff and our audiences.”
However, a rep for Guild Hall then subsequently clarified: “The policy of Guild Hall is that performers have the choice to supply proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID test result.” The rep confirmed Osnes exited the show but didn’t discuss why she left. Returning Broadway shows would require audiences, performers, and backstage staff to point out proof of vaccination, consistent with The Broadway League.
A rep for the Osnes declined to comment, and a rep for Yazbeck didn’t revisit us. The “Crazy For You” show is a component of a weekend program, called “Stroman Presents!” which will also include a conversation with “The Producers” stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane on August 27, plus a “sneak peek” at another musical, “Little Dancer,” starring Terrence Mann of “Les Misérables,” on August 28.