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Join Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti for an evening of music, laughter and intimate stories. Laura has graced the most distinguished stages in concert, including numerous sold out headlining runs at the aforementioned 54 Below, Feinstein’s (in New York and San Francisco), The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, Wolf Trap, and Boston’s Symphony Hall, among many others. She has also performed alongside the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the National Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared in concert on multiple occasions for President and Mrs. Obama. This past May, she opened the National Memorial Day Concert broadcast live on PBS to over ten million viewers. Laura and musical director Georgia Stitt promise an eclectic evening of classic music theatre, contemporary pop, and a few original surprises.
Tony Award-winner LAURA BENANTI can be seen this fall in the upcoming CBS Action Drama, Supergirl. 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.
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, four time Tony Award-nominated 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 Award, 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.
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.
In 2016, Laura will return to the stage in a revival of the musical She Loves Me.