Tony Winner Laura Benanti Set for Orlando Cabaret Festival, 5/9-10
Laura Benanti earned the 2008 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her revelatory portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy opposite Patti LuPone and directed by Arthur Laurents. Her other Broadway roles include her Tony-, Drama Desk- and Outer Critics Circle Award-nominated performance of Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods and her sultry Tony-nominated turn in Swing! She also starred opposite Antonio Banderas as his muse in the celebrated revival of Nine. Benanti began her multifaceted career as Maria in The Sound of Music opposite Richard Chamberlain. Ms. Benanti recently received raves for her performance as Elsa Schrader in NBC's The Sound of Music LIVE, starring Carrie Underwood. She was recently seen on The Good Wife and in a recurring role on HBO's Nurse Jackie. Recently she also starred in the NBC series The Playboy Club and Go On opposite Matthew Perry. Other television roles include co-starring on Starved, recurring roles on Royal Pains, The Big C, Law & Order: SVU, and Eli Stone, as well as guest starring on Elementary and Life On Mars. Benanti can be seen in the films Take the Lead and Meskada.
Benanti completed a week-long engagement at the popular New York cabaret club, 54 Below, for which the New York Times hailed her as a "supremely confident" performer whose "bright, full soprano, with its semioperatic heft, can go almost anywhere." In September 2013, she released her debut album, In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention: Live at 54 BELOW on Broadway Records to ecstatic reviews.
Laura brings her highly acclaimed show In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention to the Orlando Cabaret Festival May 9 & 10.