Broadway Records Releases Live Album of Laura Benanti at 54 Below Today
Laura Benanti's engagement at New York's 54 BELOW will be recorded and released by Broadway Records. "In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention: Live At 54 BELOW" will be released digitally today, September 6th and on CD on September 10, 2013.Following the tremendous success of her first solo show, which played sold out venues across the country, stage and television star Laura Benanti brings you a brand new piece, "In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention." Fusing theatre standards with pop music and original songs, Ms. Benanti's unique blend of humor and vocal nuance promises to deliver an unforgettable evening.
"Having Laura Benanti record her debut album as part of our 54 BELOW CD series is exciting for us as her contribution to the New York theatre scene is undeniable," says Kenny Howard co-founder of Broadway Records, "it also continues to further our mission to preserve amazing Broadway talent in the incredible intimate setting of 54 BELOW."
Laura Benanti's new album is produced by Aaron Ankrum and executive produced by Van Dean and Kenny Howard, of The Broadway Consortium, and Ken Mahoney. "In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention" is the latest in the "Live at 54 BELOW" series that started earlier this year with albums by Patti LuPone, Norbert Leo Butz, Christiane Noll and Andrea McArdle. Other announced recordings in the series include "The Radio In My Head" by Aaron Tveit and "When I Grow Up: Broadway's Next Generation". More albums in the series will be announced shortly.
Laura Benanti has brought her unique abilities to comedies, dramas and musicals since she took Broadway by storm at the age of 18.
She received a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Nomination for her starring role in the Broadway production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown for Lincoln Center, where she also starred in Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. Ms. Benanti also demonstrated her comic flair in The Public Theater's production of Christopher Durang's Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.
Ms. 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.
Other distinguished theater performances include Perdita in The Winter's Tale at the Williamstown Theatre Festival opposite Kate Burton, Anne in A Little Night Music at the L.A. Opera opposite Victor Garber and Eileen in City Center Encores Wonderful Town opposite Donna Murphy.
Ms. Benanti was most recently seen on NBC's "Go On", in which she starred opposite Matthew Perry. Previously, she starred in the NBC series "The Playboy Club". Other television roles include recurring roles on "The Big C" and "Law & Order: SVU". Benanti can be seen in the films "Take the Lead" and "Meskada".
BROADWAY RECORDS is a new label dedicated to Broadway and Off Broadway-related recordings and is a division of the theatrical production and investment company, The Broadway Consortium. The Broadway Consortium (winner of Best Revival of a Musical Tony Award in 2012) was co-founded by Van Dean and Kenny Howard. Broadway Records releases include the Original Broadway Cast Recordings of Bonnie & Clyde and Lysistrata Jones, "Nick Jonas: Songs from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying", "Laura Osnes: Dream A Little Dream - Live at the Café Carlyle" and Jekyll & Hyde 2012 Concept Recording and its new series of "Live at 54 BELOW" recordings. The Broadway Consortium's Broadway producing credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Big Fish (coming next fall), Chinglish, Bonnie & Clyde, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and Evita (2012). West End: Master Class (2012). The Broadway Consortium was also the lead producer of January's From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook. Together, Kenny and Van executive produced the Grammy nominated 2011 Broadway Cast Recording of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette. The general counsel for Broadway Records and The Broadway Consortium is Barry Miller. www.BroadwayConsortium.com / www.BroadwayRecords.com
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