Date of Birth: July 15, 1979 (39)
Gender: Female

Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti can now be seen touring the country in her latest solo show, Tales from Soprano Isle. The show will feature songs from Laura's career, including She Loves Me, along with humorous anecdotes and experiences that she has encountered on/off the stage and screen. She recently made headlines as a guest on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" with her spot-on, hilarious impersonation of Melania Trump. In 2017, Laura joined the cast as a regular on the hit "Samantha Bee" and Jason Jones' TBS comedy, "The Detour." In 2016, Laura starred as Amalia Balash in the hit Broadway Musical, She Loves Me, for which she received her fifth Tony nomination. 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 had a recurring role 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. Website: LauraBenanti.com. Twitter: @LauraBenanti

Laura Benanti Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
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!