Which Two Drama Desk-Nominated Leading Ladies Were Inspired to Perform by The Sound of Music?

Last updated May 12th, 2014 by Josh Ferri
Which Two Drama Desk-Nominated Leading Ladies Were Inspired…

Theatre audiences are inspired daily by the works of Broadway’s brightest, but did you ever wonder what iconic performances inspired your favorite Broadway star to get there? BroadwayBox got all spiffed up and headed to the JW Marriot on Central Park South to chat with the 2014 Drama Desk nominees to find out from them: What was the film, TV show or theatre piece that inspired you to become an actor?

Kicking off the series are two of Broadway’s most lovely leading ladies, whose path to the Great White Way began somewhere between the Nonnberg Abbey and the hills of the Alps.
Sound of Music - GIF- Julie Andrews

Celia Keenan-Bolger (Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, The Glass Menagerie)

Glass Menagerie GIF- Celia Keenan-Bolger

“Honestly I saw The Sound of Music, the musical, when I was five in Detroit, Michigan. And I said to my mom, ‘That's what I want to do.’ And I’m still doing it. I keep waiting to get sick of it, but I’m not yet.”

Laura Osnes (Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, The Threepenny Opera)

Laura Osnes in 'The Threepenny Opera,' 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'The Sound of Music.'
Photo by Joan Marcus, Jenny Anderson

“It’s a cross between The Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music. (The Sound of Music, especially.) I was about seven or eight, and I would act it out. I wanted to be Liesl, and I never got to be. I played Brigitta (the sassy one) when I was about 10, and I jumped right to Maria at Carnegie Hall, but I never got to play Liesl—it’s all good now. I did play Dorothy three times back in Minnesota, so I checked that one off my list.”