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Laura Benanti

 
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: July 15, 1979 (42)

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [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
  [Off-Broadway]
2009
Felicity
  [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)

 

Stage

Performances
  [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

  [Off-Broadway]
2009
Felicity

  [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 Biography

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”.

She currently resides in Manhattan with her husband Patrick and daughter Ella.

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
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2011 - Best Featured Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Gold Star
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
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Laura Benanti, Gypsy
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Laura Benanti, Gypsy
 
Tony Awards - 2008 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
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!

Laura Benanti News

Review: Laura Benanti in Concert at the Lesher Center for the Arts Delivered Heart, H Photo Review: Laura Benanti in Concert at the Lesher Center for the Arts Delivered Heart, Humor and High Notes
by Jim Munson - Jun 29, 2022

What did our critic think of Laura Benanti in Concert at Lesher Center For The Arts? BroadwayWorld reviews Benanti's wildly entertaining show full of heart, humor and high notes.

20 Theater Books for Your Summer 2022 Reading (and Listening) List Photo 20 Theater Books for Your Summer 2022 Reading (and Listening) List
by Team BWW - Jun 25, 2022

Summer is here at last and there is no better time to have fun in the sun with a new read! You're in luck, because this year, Broadway's best have put pen to paper to turn out theatre page-turners of every kind.

Listen: Randy Rainbow Releases New Single 'Gay!' Photo Listen: Randy Rainbow Releases New Single 'Gay!'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 21, 2022

Just in time for Pride weekend, Broadway Records announced the release of Randy Rainbow's newest single, 'Gay!' Listen here!

The Broadway Cruise to Set Sail From New York to Bermuda Photo The Broadway Cruise to Set Sail From New York to Bermuda
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 21, 2022

Ahoy all Broadway fans! Join your favorite stars of the theatre and creative luminaries for the inaugural sailing of The Broadway Cruise, heading from New York City to Bermuda, March 31 – April 5, 2023.

Interview: LAURA BENANTI at Lesher Center for The Arts Is a Golden-Age Musical Theate Photo Interview: LAURA BENANTI at Lesher Center for The Arts Is a Golden-Age Musical Theater Star for Our Times
by Jim Munson - Jun 20, 2022

BroadwayWorld talks to Broadway musical star Laura Benanti about her show at the Lesher Center for the Arts on June 25th. Effortlessly engaging and chatty, Benanti also talks about her amazingly varied career, having worked with everyone from Patti LuPone to Chita Rivera, Steve Martin, Richard Chamberlain and the late Rebecca Luker.

Desi Oakley to Join LIVE WITH RYE & FRIENDS ON BROADWAY This Week Photo Desi Oakley to Join LIVE WITH RYE & FRIENDS ON BROADWAY This Week
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 16, 2022

The popular weekly Broadway talk show Live with Rye & Friends on Broadway, now at the Broadway Makers Marketplace will welcome Broadway actress, creator, artist, and composer Desi Oakley!

Lesli Margherita, Samantha Pauly, Antwayn Hopper & More to Star in NOW MORE THAN EVER Photo Lesli Margherita, Samantha Pauly, Antwayn Hopper & More to Star in NOW MORE THAN EVER: THE SONGS OF BILLY RECCE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 16, 2022

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, will present NOW MORE THAN EVER: THE SONGS OF BILLY RECCE on July 21 at 9:30pm. In this, an intimate, irreverent evening of story songs from upcoming projects, Recce's music will be sung by a colorful cluster of the country's most talented up-and-comers and Broadway stars, alongside a rocking band.

IT HAPPENED IN KEY WEST Original Cast Recording to be Released Photo IT HAPPENED IN KEY WEST Original Cast Recording to be Released
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 15, 2022

The London Hit-, It Happened in Key West, will receive an Original Cast Recording available digitally, Friday, June 17th. It Happened in Key West features Book, Music, and Lyrics By Broadway Composer, Jill Santoriello, Book and Additional Lyrics by Jason Huza, and Book/Original Concept by Jeremiah James.

10 Videos That Have Us Stoked For SONGS AND STORIES at 54 Below As Brian Stokes Mitch Photo 10 Videos That Have Us Stoked For SONGS AND STORIES at 54 Below As Brian Stokes Mitchell Joins The Diamond Series
by Stephen Mosher - Jun 12, 2022

Tony Award recipient Brian Stokes Mitchell debuts his new show at the Tony Award-bestowed nightclub Feinstein's/54 Below in the wonderful and magical Diamond Series.

Behind-the-Scenes with Broadway Icon Laura Benanti in Walnut Creek! June 25, 2022 Photo Behind-the-Scenes with Broadway Icon Laura Benanti in Walnut Creek! June 25, 2022
by - Jun 9, 2022

Special Offer - Behind-the-scenes with Broadway icon Laura Benanti in Walnut Creek! June 25, 2022

Laura Benanti Videos

Video: Josh Lamon Joins THE EARLY NIGHT SHOW WITH JOSHUA TURCHIN VideoVideo: Josh Lamon Joins THE EARLY NIGHT SHOW WITH JOSHUA TURCHIN
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 29, 2022

The Early Night Show with Joshua Turchin: Live from the Broadway Makers Marketplace has released a new episode today. Season eight, episode three stars multi-hyphenate Josh Lamon (The Prom, Groundhog Day, Finding Neverland, Hair, Wicked, Into the Woods, City Center's A New Brain, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and more).

VIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR UKRAINE Raises Over $139,000 VideoVIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR UKRAINE Raises Over $139,000
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022

Stars in the House for Ukraine, an 11+ Hour telethon of the weekly streaming show, raised $139,000 for the International Rescue Committee's humanitarian efforts for those affected by the war in Ukraine. That total is inclusive of a generous matching donation by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which matched the first $50,000 worth of donations.

VIDEO: Watch PBS' Complete REOPENING: THE BROADWAY REVIVAL Documentary VideoVIDEO: Watch PBS' Complete REOPENING: THE BROADWAY REVIVAL Documentary
by Michael Major - Jan 19, 2022

Reopening features behind-the-scenes access to shows including 'Wicked,' 'Jagged Little Pill,' 'The Phantom of the Opera,' 'Diana,' 'Come From Away,' 'Waitress,' and more, following each production's journey as cast and crew reunite, rehearse and re-stage for their long-anticipated reopening nights.

BWW Exclusive: Watch WAITRESS, ALADDIN & TINA Prepare to Reopen in New PBS Documentar VideoBWW Exclusive: Watch WAITRESS, ALADDIN & TINA Prepare to Reopen in New PBS Documentary Clip
by Michael Major - Jan 17, 2022

Check out an exclusive clip of the Broadway casts of Aladdin, Waitress, and Tina: the Tina Turner Musical returning to rehearsals after the shutdown, including interviews with Michael James Scott, Sara Bareilles, and Adrienne Warren. The documentary will also feature interviews with Lea Salonga, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kristin Chenoweth, and more.

VIDEO: First Listen to a Song From New Musical THE REGULARS at Hope Mill Theatre's TU VideoVIDEO: First Listen to a Song From New Musical THE REGULARS at Hope Mill Theatre's TURN ON FEST
by Stephi Wild - Jan 14, 2022

The first song and video has been released from new musical The Regulars, which is set to be the headline show for the Hope Mill Theatre's third annual LGBTQIA+ Arts Festival Turn On Fest.

VIDEO: Watch Andrew Garfield, Joshua Henry & Vanessa Hudgens Perform 'Louder Than Wor VideoVIDEO: Watch Andrew Garfield, Joshua Henry & Vanessa Hudgens Perform 'Louder Than Words' From TICK, TICK...BOOM!
by Michael Major - Dec 10, 2021

Netflix has released a new song clip from Lin-Manuel Miranda's tick, tick...BOOM! film. Watch Andrew Garfield, Joshua Henry, and Vanessa Hudgens perform 'Louder Than Words', the final song from the film, now! The video also features appearances by Robin de JesĂşs, Jelani Aladdin, Alexandra Shipp, MJ Rodriguez, Laura Benanti, and more.

VIDEO: Book Your Next Vacation with The Broadway Cruise! VideoVIDEO: Book Your Next Vacation with The Broadway Cruise!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 22, 2021

Calling all Broadway fans! Join your favorite Broadway stars and luminaries for the inaugural sailing of The Broadway Cruise, heading from New York City, with a special stop in Norfolk, Virginia, to the beautiful beaches of Bermuda, April 9-14, 2022 on Norwegian Gem.

VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda Says He Plans on Going to Every Broadway Show on THE TONIGH VideoVIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda Says He Plans on Going to Every Broadway Show on THE TONIGHT SHOW
by Stage Tube - Jun 9, 2021

The two also saluted the return of Broadway in a viral clip last night which also featured Phylicia Rashad, Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Benanti, Christopher Jackson, and more.

VIDEO: Winners Announced For The 2021 Rising Star Awards At Paper Mill Playhouse VideoVIDEO: Winners Announced For The 2021 Rising Star Awards At Paper Mill Playhouse
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 7, 2021

Watch the entire ceremony and performance highlights from the 2021 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award, featuring performances from schools representing all corners of the state of New Jersey.

VIDEO: Encores! Inside the Revival Wraps Up with a Sneak Peek of INTO THE WOODS! VideoVIDEO: Encores! Inside the Revival Wraps Up with a Sneak Peek of INTO THE WOODS!
by Stage Tube - Apr 21, 2021

The final installment of Encores! Inside the Revival features a behind-the-scenes look at City Center’s upcoming production of Into the Woods with Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet and Encores! Producing Creative Director Clint Ramos.


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?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Meteor Shower , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for She Loves Me , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for She Loves Me , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for She Loves Me , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for She Loves Me , Best Featured Actress in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for In the Next Room, or the vibrator play , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Gypsy , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Gypsy , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Gypsy , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Nine , Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Into the Woods Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Into the Woods and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Swing! .

What awards has Laura Benanti won?
Best Featured Actress in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Gypsy Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Gypsyand Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Gypsy.