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Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti can be seen in the Samantha Bee and Jason Jones TBS comedy, The Detour. Additional TV credits include Younger, Supergirl, Nashville, guest-starring as songbird Sadie Stone; The Good Wife; and Showtime’s Nurse Jackie.


Most recently, Laura starred as Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway Revival of My Fair Lady. Prior to that, she co-starred alongside Amy Schumer and Keegan Michael Key in Steve Martin’s hit Broadway play, Meteor Shower.
In 2016, Laura completed her Tony nominated role (and 5th nomination) as Amalia Balash in the hit Broadway Musical, She Loves Me. Laura also received Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Drama Desk Award nominations for this role.
In addition to television work and her critically acclaimed performance as Elsa Schrader in NBC’s The Sound of Music LIVE, Ms. Benanti is a highly celebrated, stage actress who took Broadway by storm at the age of 18.
She received a Drama Desk award, Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award 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 the Broadway production of Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. Ms. Benanti earned the 2008 Tony Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for her revelatory portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy opposite Patti LuPone and directed by Arthur Laurents. Her other Broadway roles include The Wedding Singer, Nine, starring Antonio Banderas, 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! Ms. Benanti made her Broadway debut as Maria in The Sound of Music opposite Richard Chamberlain.
Other distinguished theater performances include the Public Theater’s production of Christopher Durang’s Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, 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, Eileen in Wonderful Town opposite Donna Murphy and most recently her portrayal of Rosabella in the Most Happy Fella, both for City Center Encores! Ms. 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 currently performs her concerts in venues around the country and even recently performed for the President and First Lady of the United States at both the Fords Gala and the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC.
In 2014, she joined the cast of ABC’s hit series “Nashville” guest-starring as songbird Sadie Stone. Laura also appeared in recurring roles on CBS’s “The Good Wife” and HBO’s “Nurse Jackie.”
Laura’s past television credits include a starring role in the NBC series “The Playboy Club” and “Go On” opposite Matthew Perry. She also starred in the F/X original series “Starved”. Ms. Benanti recurred on “Law and Order: SVU,” “Royal Pains,” and “Eli Stone.” and had appearances on “The Big C”, and “Elementary”.

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Laura Benanti STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
Irish Rep Off-Broadway Production, 2023
Melissa

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2018
Eliza Doolittle [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2017
Laura

[Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Broadway Revival, 2016
Amalia

[Off-Broadway]
Radio City Musical Hall Production, 2015
Jenna

[New York]
Manhattan Concert Production at Lincoln Center, 2015
Lucille Frank

[Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2014
Performer

[Motion Picture]
NBC Live Televised Production, 2013
Elsa Schrader

[Broadway]
Lincoln Center Production, 2010
Candela

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2009
Mrs. Givings

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2008
Louise

[Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 2007
Louise

[Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Concert, 2006
Performer

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Julia

Julia [Replacement]

[New York]
New York Concert, 2005
Lily

[New York]
Workshop, 2005
Performers

[Regional (US)]
Workshop, 2004
Princess Caraboo

[Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2004
Other Roles

Performer

[Off-Broadway]
New York Concert, 2003
The Snake-Led

[Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2003
Rosamund Plinth [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2003
Claudia

[Broadway]
Richard Rodgers 100th Birthday Celebration, 2002
"Something Good" Performer

"In My Own Little Corner" Performer

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2002
Cinderella

[Los Angeles]
Los Angeles Revival (Pre-Broadway), 2002
Cinderella/Cinderella's Mother

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2001
Julia

[Off-Broadway]
2001
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2000
Eileen

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1999
Performer

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1998
Maria Rainer [Replacement]

Ensemble

A Postulant

Maria Rainer (Understudy)


Laura Benanti Awards and Nominations

Drama League Awards - 2018 - Distinguished Performance Award

Laura Benanti, Meteor Shower

Drama Desk Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Laura Benanti, She Loves Me

Drama League Awards - 2016 - Distinguished Performance Award

Laura Benanti, She Loves Me

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Laura Benanti, She Loves Me

Tony Awards - 2016 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Laura Benanti, She Loves Me


winner
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2011 - Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Laura Benanti, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Actress in a Play

Laura Benanti, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Laura Benanti, Gypsy


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Laura Benanti, Gypsy


winner
Tony Awards - 2008 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Laura Benanti, Gypsy

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Laura Benanti, Nine

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical

Laura Benanti, Into the Woods

Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Laura Benanti, Into the Woods

Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Laura Benanti , Swing!

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Laura Benanti News


Review: BROADWAY IN THE PARK at Wolf Trap

The intent of Wolf Trap’s annual “Broadway in the Park” event is to blend the star power of the Great White Way (if it’s still called that) with the rising stars of the local co-presenter, Signature Theatre.
Linda Eder, Laura and Linda Benanti, and More to Play 54 Below Next Month

Next month, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.
New Musical BIMBO SUMMIT Will Be Streaming Next Month

Billboard charting Composer/lyricist Billy Recce (Little Black Book, Five: The Parody Musical) and comedian Shannon Constantine have unveiled that the opening number to their new musical “Bimbo Summit” is availble for spotify pre-save.
Shanna Sharp to Perform at The Green Room 42 in July

THE GREEN ROOM 42 will present singer/songwriter and recording artist Shanna Sharp, in her final New York City performance before she embarks on her new journey to Europe. Learn how to purchase tickets.
Vocalist Stella Cole Set to Release Debut Album, Drops Cover of 'Moon River'

Vocalist and rising artist Stella Cole will release her first studio album on August 30, 2024 via La Reserve Records. A highly anticipated debut, Stella interprets a collection of classics in a variety of settings, including many highlighted by an orchestra arranged by multiple Grammy-winner Alan Broadbent. Listen to her new rendition of the timeless song 'Moon River!'
Video: Laura Benanti Performs Original Song 'Mama's A Liar' from Solo Show NOBODY CARES

Watch Laura Benanti sing 'Mama's a Liar' from her solo show Nobody Cares, which was recorded live during a sold-out run at Audible’s Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City. 
Shoshana Bean, Laura Benanti, Wayne Brady & More to Join 3rd Sailing of The Broadway Cruise

Join your favorite stars of the theatre and creative luminaries on the 3rd sailing of The Broadway Cruise. See who is performing and learn how to purchase tickets.
Phylicia Rashad, Brian Stokes Mitchell, & More Join Third Season of THE GILDED AGE

Broadway talent continues to be represented in the hit HBO show The Gilded Age as more stage actors join the upcoming season. According to multiple reports, Phylicia Rashad, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jordan Donica, and Victoria Clark will all be featured in Season 3 of the show.
Paper Mill Playhouse Reveals 2024 Rising Star Award Winners

Paper Mill Playhouse has revealed the winners of the 29th annual Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater. See the full list of winners!
Laura and Linda Benanti to Bring MOTHERS KNOW BEST to 54 Below

54 BELOW will welcome the dazzling mother-daughter duo Laura and Linda Benanti in July. Learn how to purchase tickets.
Photos: Stars Walk the Red Carpet at the Drama Desk Awards

Winners for the 2024 Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced last night at NYU Skirball Center. Tony Award Winners Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit hosted the ceremony. Check out photos from the red carpet here!
Shoshana Bean, Corbin Bleu & More Join 2024 Drama Desk Awards as Presenters

Additional presenters have been revealed for the 2024 Annual Drama Desk Awards, taking place on Monday, June 10 beginning at 6:15PM at NYU Skirball Center. Learn more about the awards.
LAURA BENANTI: NOBODY CARES is Available to Stream on Audible Now

Laura Benanti's one-woman comedy show, Laura Benanti: Nobody Cares, is available exclusively now on Audible. Learn how to listen to the show here!
Laura Benanti, Matthew Broderick, Montego Glover, and More Will Present at the 2024 Drama Desk Awards

The Drama Desk Awards are under a week away, and the presenters for the big night have now been revealed! Learn more about who is presenting here!
The Drama League 2023-24 Season Recap

This season's alumni have made remarkable contributions to the theatrical landscape with an impressive array of productions across various prestigious venues...
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld June 5, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is June 5, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.
Video: Laura Benanti Returns as Melania Trump on THE LATE SHOW

Laura Benanti returned in her iconic portrayal of Melania Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert! Check out the video here!
June Audible Content Includes LAURA BENANTI: NOBODY CARES, WILD WITH HAPPY, & More

Several theatrical audio projects are due to stream on Audible in June, including a recording of Laura Benanti's solo show Nobody Cares (which is running through June 2 at the Minetta Lane Theater), Colman Domingo's play Wild With Happy, and Alex Newell and the Gospel of a Diva.
Full Cast Set For THE BAKER'S WIFE at The Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced full casting for Gordon Greenberg’s production of The Baker’s Wife – with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Joseph Stein. Learnm ore about the cast here!
Exclusive: Laura Benanti Visits HADESTOWN to Promote Her New Solo Show

Laura Benanti went way down to Hadestown to promote her solo comedy show, Nobody Cares! Check out what stars Phillip Boykin and Isa Briones thought in this video.

Laura Benanti FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Laura Benanti been in?

Laura Benanti has appeared on Broadway in 14 shows.

How many West End shows has Laura Benanti been in?

Laura Benanti has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Laura Benanti been nominated for?

Laura Benanti has been nominated for several awards throughout her career, including the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for "Meteor Shower" and "She Loves Me." She was also nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "She Loves Me" and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for the same show. Additionally, Benanti received nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Musical at the BroadwayWorld Awards for "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," and Outstanding Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "In the Next Room, or the vibrator play." Other nominations include Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Gypsy," as well as nominations for "Nine," "Into the Woods," and "Swing!" at the Tony Awards.

What awards has Laura Benanti won?

Laura Benanti has won several awards for her performances on Broadway, including Best Featured Actress in a Musical at the BroadwayWorld Awards for "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for both "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and "Gypsy," Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for both "Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown" and "Gypsy," and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Gypsy."

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