Embattled Broadway alum Laura Osnes has released a new solo album with five original songs that, according to press notes, "chronicle this past year’s journey of standing up, starting over, building strength, and finding hope on the other side of cancellation."'
The description references reporting in Page Six alleging that Osnes was fired from a one-night-only concert presentation of Crazy for You over her refusal to be vaccinated for COVID-19, allegations which the two-time Tony nominee has denied. She has since sued Page Six's parent company the New York Post for defamation and is seeking $5 million in damages.
The five-track album, titled On the Other Side, Pt. 1, includes the tracks "Thick Skin, Soft Heart," "On the Other Side," "Bitter," "Anywhere," and "Great Divide." The EP received a digital release October 5, with On the Other Side, Pt. 2 set to follow at a date to be announced.
"The fallout challenged every aspect of my career, friendships, future, and life,” says Osnes in a statement. “Without Broadway and the community I had known, I was in desperate need of an outlet to process my emotions and somehow create art again. I felt completely silenced, and yet there was something in me that knew my experience needed to be shared. I had something to say, both literally and figuratively, and songwriting became the vehicle for me to find my voice again.”
Osnes' first response to the dust-up came in the form of a since-deleted Instagram post, with Osnes writing, "In early May, I accepted an invitation to perform in a one-night benefit concert at East Hampton's Guild Hall. A month ago, I was informed that protocols had changed, and I would now need proof of vaccination to participate. I was disappointed but responded that I would have to withdraw, as I have not yet gotten the vaccine. It is also important to clarify that none of my fellow performers ever 'pressed me on the matter' before I withdrew. It was a drama-free and discrete transition. ... I would have tested in a heartbeat—something I have been doing for months, and will continue to do, in order to keep working safely."
She went on to share that "it is a legal right of all Americans to have their medical privacy protected. Mine has now been broadcast with an attitude of shame and demonization. Secondly, I believe individuals have the right to do the research, consult a doctor, and come to their own conclusions before deciding whether or not to get any injection. My case is personal. I stand by the decision my husband and I, with input from our physician, have made for ourselves, our family planning, and our future."
In the ensuing fall-out, Osnes was dropped from the line-up for a Disney Princess Tour and planned London concerts of Bonnie & Clyde that would have reunited Osnes with her original Broadway co-star, Jeremy Jordan. She has reportedly relocated to Nashville, where she has appeared in the combination musical theatre-circus show Shiners at Woolworth Theatre.