STAGE TUBE: Laura Benanti Performs PASSION MASSION with The Skivvies
In the video below, watch Laura Benanti perform with The Skivvies (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley) as "Sexy Fosca" from Sondheim's "Passion." The hilarious mashup includes Sondheim's "I Read", "Loving You", "No One Has Ever Loved Me", Beyonce's "Pretty Hurts", Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful", and James Blunt's "Beautiful."
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. Ms. Benanti also demonstrated her comic flair in the Public Theater's production ofChristopher 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. 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 in the revival of Nine. Benanti began her multifaceted career as Maria in The Sound of Music opposite Richard Chamberlain. She was most recently seen in NBC's broadcast of The Sound of Music (live).
The Skivvies is a "musically thrilling" undie-rock, comedy-pop duo don't just strip down their musical arrangements, they literally strip down to their underwear to perform their distinctive mashups and eccentric originals for cello and ukulele, with touches of glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of under-used instruments. Award-winning singer-actors Lauren Molina (Marry Me a Little, Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages) and Nick Cearley (All Shook Up) became YouTube sensations as The Skivvies, with living room videos that displayed their powerful harmonies as well as their powerful abs. Those clips led to live shows that The Wall Street Journal called "smart, sophisticated...ingenious," and Out Magazine, "The Skivvies have managed to carve out a niche that we never knew needed to exist: part Weird Al- parody and part sexy burlesque...and unusual explosion of satire and sultry." They also have a single and music video directed by Augusten Burroughs, bestselling author of Running With Scissors.