Georga Osborne

ACTRESS/SINGER

Awards & Recognition

MAC Award

Outstanding Female Musical

Comedy Performer

2000 & 2003

 

Backstage Bistro Award

Outstanding Musical Comedy Performance

1998

"Yes! It is spelled Georga — without the 'i'. My parents did it. I like being an exception to the rule, so I'm keeping it."

While Georga “Osborne shines brighter than the brightest star” (Will Gallagher, Discover Albany), she “makes it hysterical, and the fact that she is able to keep Jenkins sympathetic as well as pathetic, balancing the buffoon with a child-like innocence, is an artistic triumph” (Matthew G. Moross, The Daily Gazette).  The 2-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award winning Broadway singing actress and Back Stage Bistro Award recipient has appeared on Broadway in Meet Me In St. Louis and has toured extensively in multiple international tours of such productions as the Cameron Mackintosh/National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music (with Marie Osmond and Debby Boone) and Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. Regional theaters have hosted her work in productions of The Music Man, Gypsy, Carousel, Nine, Pirates of Penzance, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, and several times in Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins in which Osborne has specialized in playing Florence Foster Jenkins. Her most recent Off-Broadway appearance was in the musical version of The Last Starfighter.

Osborne is a ‘crossover’ artist, in demand in several genres, who makes the transitions from Broadway musicals to opera to cabaret and to television commercials appear effortless. She has performed with Pittsburgh Opera Theater, Opera Northeast, Cincinnati Opera, Mobile (AL) Opera, and Augusta (GA) Opera in roles from Suzuki to Eulalie McKechnie Shinn. Besides the productions previously mentioned, Georga performed in (and was the ‘cover’ for Audra McDonald as the Beggar Woman) the New York Philharmonic’s celebrated production (and subsequent live recording) of Sweeney Todd starring Patti LuPone and George Hearn.  Her Carnegie Hall solo debut came in the American Premiere of Disney’s Fantasia 2000, though she has sung in many concerts at Carnegie Hall including Paul McCartney’s Standing Stone and in the 100th Anniversary concerts of this venerable performance space, and most recently she appeared there as the “Nurse” in A Streetcar Named Desire (with Renée Fleming).

Singing back-up vocals for Björk did not sway Georga into the pop world, but it was fascinating to the singer who started out singing in a quartet with three of her older sisters. The Osborne Sisters grew up in Maysville, Kentucky, home of the late, great Rosemary Clooney who served as a beacon of hope to the aspiring singers. Osborne was classically trained and holds degrees from Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music as well as from Carnegie Mellon University.  While in Cincinnati, Georga sang the national anthem for several Cincinnati Reds games at Riverfront Stadium, including the game on September 11, 1985, the night that Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb’s all-time hit record!

Georga has performed her acclaimed one-woman shows in the famed Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, The Encore, Don’t Tell Mama, Eighty-Eight’s and The Duplex, all in New York City and around the country at venues such as Davenport’s in Chicago and Dolly’s in Palm Springs. London audiences have seen her at the Jermyn Street Theatre, Lauderdale House and the Greenwich Theatre.  She has been a favorite at The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret Conventions in New York (at Town Hall), Chicago, San Francisco, Palm Springs and The Hamptons.  http://www.georgaosborne.nyc

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