Laura Benanti

Laura Benanti
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Benanti at the 2012 Drama League Benefit Gala
BornLaura Ilene Vidnovic
(1979-07-15) July 15, 1979 (age 38)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1998-present
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Spouse(s)Chris Barron
(m. 2005; div. 2006)

Steven Pasquale
(m. 2007; div. 2013)

Patrick Brown
(m. 2015)


Laura Ilene Benanti (given birth to Laura Ilene Vidnovic on July 15, 1979) can be an American celebrity and vocalist. She performed Louise in the 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy, earning the Tony Prize, and made an appearance in the stage musical Females in the Verge of the Nervous Breakdown this year 2010, earning the Drama Table Prize and Outer Critics Group Award for Greatest Featured Actress within a Musical. She performed Baroness Elsa Schräder in the 2013 NBC tv production from the Sound of Music Live! and in 2015 started playing twin sisters Alura and Astra in it series Supergirl. From 2017, Benanti shows up as Edie in the TBS humor The Detour.

Early years

Benanti was created in NEW YORK, child of Linda Wonneberger, a vocal trainer and former celebrity, and Martin Vidnovic, a Broadway acting professional and singer. She actually is of Serbian, German, Irish, and Local American history. When quite youthful, her parents divorced and she transferred to Kinnelon, NJ, with her mom and her stepfather Salvatore Benanti, a psychotherapist, whose name she had taken and whom she's known as her father.Benanti remembers getting "extremely serious" and "a little bit of an awful duckling" as a kid, and was intensely thinking about musical theatre, telling she "arrived from the womb being a 40 calendar year old", being thinking about Sondheim young, distancing her from various other kids. (In 2008, Benanti told THE BRAND NEW York Situations that she drew upon this loneliness in her portrayal from the neglected Louise in Gypsy.) Though her parents refused to allow Laura audition for professional theater, Laura appeared in a number of senior high school and community productions, including Evita (as Peron's mistress), Follies (as Youthful Heidi), and In to the Woods (as Cinderella). At 16, Benanti performed the title part in her senior high school creation of Hello, Dolly! and earned a Paper Mill Playhouse Increasing Star Honor for Outstanding Celebrity in a higher school creation. She graduated from Kinnelon SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in 1997.



In 1998, Paper Mill's then-artistic director Robert Johanson recommended Benanti for the function of Liesl within a Broadway revival from the Sound of Music. She auditioned for the show's manufacturers and was regarded too mature-looking to try out Liesl, but, after many call-backs, was agreed upon at age 18 to try out among the nuns also to understudy Rebecca Luker as Maria. Benanti performed the function for 14 days during Luker's holiday, and, at 19, overran the function when Luker still left the creation. Michael Buckley of Playbill afterwards had written that Benanti "was a truly amazing Maria [...] As perform others, I really believe that got she opened up in the display, Benanti could have been an right away feeling." When she was cast in The Sound of Music, Benanti got attended NY University for 14 days; the dean suggested she continue leave to consider the job.In 1999, Benanti appeared in the Broadway revue Golf swing!, that she received a Tony nomination for Greatest Performance with a Featured Celebrity within a Musical. In 2000, she co-starred with Donna Murphy in the critically acclaimed Town Middle Encores! concert creation from the Leonard Bernstein-Betty Comden-Adolph Green musical Amazing Town.In 2002, Benanti played Cinderella (a job she had played as an adolescent) in the Broadway revival of In to the Woods, and received both a Tony nomination for Best Performance with a Featured Celebrity within a Musical and a Crisis Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Celebrity within a Musical. Throughout a mid-performance pratfall in In to the Woods, Benanti fractured her throat, herniating two discs straight onto her spinal-cord and slicing off spinal liquid, an ailment that sometimes qualified prospects to paralysis.The injury was misdiagnosed and In to the Woods producers asked Benanti not forgetting her injury; when she started missing performances because of neck problems, gossips pass on that Benanti was behaving unprofessionally, a thing that she phone calls "actually hurtful". She says, "I had formed a serious damage and there is absolutely no method I could did the present. I attempted to. I attempted to return and perform it but I bodily couldn't." Benanti was ultimately changed in the present by Erin Dilly. Eight a few months after her preliminary damage, Benanti was rediagnosed and received medical procedures that could possess damaged her tone of voice but was effective, though by 2005 she still experienced throat discomfort and myelopathy.Three weeks after undergoing spinal surgery, Benanti started previews in March 2003 for the Broadway revival of Nine, where she performed Claudia, a celeb who inspires Guido, a movie director performed by Antonio Banderas. She still left the present in Sept 2003. Benanti made an appearance in the Globe AIDS Time concerts of Pippin, Kids of Eden and THE TRICK Garden. From Apr 2006 to Dec 2006 she performed Julia Sullivan in the Broadway musical THE MARRIAGE Singer.In July 2007, Benanti played within a three-week limited run from the musical Gypsy in the Encores! staged concert creation at the brand new York City Middle as Louise, alongside Patti LuPone as Rose and Boyd Gaines as Herbie. In March 2008, the creation used in Broadway, where it went until January 2009 and received wide-spread important acclaim. Benanti's efficiency as Louise was praised, with THE BRAND NEW York Times's Ben Brantley declaring it "the efficiency of her profession". She earned several honours, including a Tony Prize for Greatest Featured Actress within a Musical, a Dilemma Desk Prize for Excellent Featured Actress within a Musical, and an Outer Critics Group Award for Excellent Featured Actress within a Musical.Benanti appeared in THE GENERAL PUBLIC Theater's globe premiere creation of Christopher Durang's play As to why Torture Is Wrong, As well as the People Who Like Them, from Apr 6, 2009 to Apr 26, 2009. She following made an appearance in the Lincoln Middle Theater creation of Sarah Ruhl's Within the next Space (or The Vibrator Play) starting Oct 22, 2009 (previews) and starting November 19, 2009 in the Lyceum Theatre.Benanti appeared in the brand new musical Women around the Verge of the Nervous Break down on Broadway from Oct 8, 2010, until January 2, 2011. She received a Tony Honor nomination, and received the Drama Table Honor and Outer Critics Group Award for Greatest Featured Actress inside a Musical on her behalf overall performance. In June 2013, Benanti performed as the soprano soloist in the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA premiere of Andrew Lippa's oratorio, I Am Harvey Dairy. She performed Goddess in THE GENERAL PUBLIC Theater's musical version from the Tempest, that was presented in the Delacorte Theater from Sept 6 through 8, 2013.From April 2 through 6, 2014, Benanti starred as Rosabella in the brand new York City Center Encores! staged concert creation of the very most Happy Fella alongside Shuler Hensley and Cheyenne Jackson.On February 16, 2015, Benanti played Lucille Frank in the Manhattan Concert Productions demonstration of Parade at Avery Fisher Hall. She made an appearance in NY Spring Magnificent at Radio Town Music Hall from March 12 through Might 7, 2015.Benanti starred in the business lead part of Amalia Balash in the 2016 Roundabout Theater Organization Broadway revival of She Loves Me personally reverse Zachary Levi. The creation started previews at Studio room 54 on Feb 19, 2016 and opened up on March 17 for a restricted engagement through July 10.

Television and film

Furthermore to stage functions, Benanti was a normal around the short-lived FX Networks sitcom Starved (2005), which received combined evaluations but which Benanti referred to as "an excellent experience. I acquired a whole lot of video camera experience, that was something I simply hadn't experienced." In 2006, she made an appearance in two movies: Consider the Lead, where she reunited with her Nine co-star Antonio Banderas, and Dropping for Elegance as "Princess Alexandra".In 2008, Benanti had a continuing role around the ABC television series Eli Rock. She made an appearance in the pilot for it show aswell.In 2011 she was cast in the NBC series The Playboy Golf club, that was canceled after three episodes. Benanti performed the wife of Dr. Atticus Sherman on show 11 of time of year two from the Big C, entitled "Battle Or Airline flight".In 2011 and 2012, Benanti had a continuing role on Legislation & Purchase: Unique Victims Device as Detective Nick Amaro's wife. Benanti performed the function of Lauren Bennett, a head of the support group, in the NBC series, CONTINUE. CONTINUE was canceled in-may 2013 after one period.She had a recurring function on the united states series, Royal Discomfort. On Oct 17, 2013, Benanti made an appearance in an bout of Elementary on CBS. She also made an appearance in Nurse Jackie and THE NICE Wife.On Dec 5, 2013, Benanti played Elsa Schraeder in the NBC creation of The Audio of Music Live!.In 2014 she was cast as country singer Sadie Rock in the ABC musical drama series Nashville because of its third season, recording and performing many tracks during her arc.In 2015, she joined up with the cast of Supergirl, where she's a recurring function as Alura In-Ze, Zor-El's wife and mom of Kara and Alura's twin sister General Astra, who would like to dominate earth as its brand-new ruler and destroy her niece Kara. In July 2017, it had been announced that Benanti will be unable to go back to the series because of its third period because of her working arrangements which Erica Durance would believe the function of Alura. Benanti guest-starred as Edie, a USA Postal Program inspector in the next period from the Detour and was afterwards promoted to a string regular for period three.On July 19, 2016, Benanti received acclaim on her behalf impersonation of Melania Trump in the Late Display with Stephen Colbert through the run-up to the united states presidential election.


Benanti appears on the initial cast albums of every of her Broadway tasks, as well while compilation albums of Stephen Schwartz and Maury Yeston. She participated inside a studio room cast documenting of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro that was released by Sony Classics in Feb 2009. She also shows up as a visitor artist for the Homosexual Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C.'s live recording, You need to Become Carefully Taught: The Tunes of Hammerstein & Sondheim, extracted from a 2002 overall performance in the Kennedy Center.A songwriter and guitarist, Benanti has written tunes privately since at least the first 2000s; in 2005, she stated that she was focusing on a folk-rock single Compact disc, though "Musical theater is my 1st like[...]I need to consider my music and orchestrate it in some sort of old fashioned design, and take some requirements and 'popularize' them—execute a true crossover. I'm focusing on it."In Regular Search of the proper Sort of Attention, a live recording of Benanti's concert engagement at 54 Below, premiered by Broadway Information in Sept 2013. Single Recordings In Regular Search of the proper Sort of Attention: Live at 54 Below (2013) I LOVE Musicals - Solitary (2016) Broadway Recordings The Audio of Music (1998 Broadway Revival Solid Recording) Golf swing! (1998 Original Broadway Solid Recording) In to the Woods (2002 Broadway Revival Solid Documenting) Nine (2003 Broadway Revival Solid Recording) THE MARRIAGE Vocalist (2006 Original Broadway Solid Documenting) Gypsy (2008 Broadway Revival Solid Recording) Women around the Verge of the Nervous Break down (2011 Original Broadway Solid Documenting) She Loves Me (2016 Revival Solid Recording) Studio room and Concert Recordings The Stephen Schwartz Recording - 1999 Studio room Documenting The Maury Yeston Songbook - 2003 Studio room Documenting NEO (New, Growing... Exceptional!) - 2003 Concert Documenting YOU NEED TO Be Cautiously Taught: The Tunes of Sondheim & Hammerstein - 2003 Homosexual Men's Chorus Of Washington D.C. Documenting Locks - 2004 Concert Documenting Wall to Wall structure Stephen Sondheim - 2006 Concert Documenting Allegro - 2008 Studio room Recording JUST A LITTLE Princess - 2010 Studio room Documenting Soundtracks The Audio of Music: Music from your NBC Tv Event - 2013 Soundtrack The Music of Nashville: Time of year 3, Quantity 1 - 2014 Soundtrack (added 3 songs: "Can't Help My Heart" with Will Run after, "Sad Track" and "Novocaine" with Jonathan Jackson) The Music of Nashville: Time of year 3, Quantity 2 - 2015 Soundtrack (added 1 monitor: "Gas and Fits" with Connie Britton)Sources:

Personal life

Benanti met Chris Barron, business lead singer from the Spin Doctors, in the first 2000s. They wedded on July 25, 2005 but by the finish of the entire year were going right through what Benanti provides known as a "horrible divorce." These were divorced in 2006.On the 2005 World AIDS Day "dream cast" concert of THE TRICK Garden she met actor Steven Pasquale. In Sept 2007 they wedded. On July 8, 2013, they produced the declaration “After nearly six many years of relationship, Steven Pasquale and Laura Benanti are amicably processing for divorce. They stay loving and dedicated friends.”On June 12, 2015 she became involved to Patrick Dark brown. The two had been wedded on November 15, 2015. She announced her being pregnant on August 11, 2016, stating "Arriving this wintertime [#BabyGirlBrown]". Benanti gave delivery to her girl, Ella Rose, on Feb 14, 2017.


Year Title Function Records 1998 The Audio of Music A Postulant Broadway 1998–99 Maria Von Trapp Broadway substitute 1999 Golf swing! Performer Broadway 2000 Amazing City Eileen Sherwood Encores! 2002 In to the Woods Cinderella Broadway 2003 Nine Claudia Nardi Broadway The Violet Hour Rosamund Plinth Broadway substitute 2004 Pippin Catherine Globe AIDS Day Advantage 2005 THE TRICK Backyard Lily Craven Globe AIDS Day Advantage 2006 THE MARRIAGE Vocalist Julia Sullivan Broadway 2007 Gypsy Louise Encores! 2008–09 Broadway 2009 Why Torture Is certainly Wrong, AS WELL AS THE People Who Like Them Felicity Off-Broadway 2009–10 Within the next Area (or The Vibrator Play) Mrs. Givings Broadway 2010–11 Females in the Verge of the Nervous Break down Candela Broadway 2013 I Am Harvey Dairy The Soprano SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA The Tempest Goddess Off-Broadway 2014 ONE OF THE MOST Happy Fella Rosabella Encores! 2015 Parade Lucille Frank Avery Fisher Hall NY Spring Magnificent Jenna Radio Town Music Hall 2016 She Loves Me Amalia Balash Broadway 2017–18 Meteor Shower Laura Broadway



Year Title Function Records 2006 Take the Business lead Tina 2006 Falling for Sophistication Alexandra 2010 Meskada Allison Connor 2014 Russian Broadway TURN OFF Sophia the Cosmonaut Brief film 2016 She Loves Me personally Amalia Balash Recorded go on Broadway, airing in cinemas


Year Title Function Records 2005 Starved Billie Frasier 7 shows 2008 Eli Rock Beth Keller 5 shows 2009 Life in Mars Denise Carling Event: "House Is Where You Hands Your Holster" 2010 Open up Books June Tv film 2011 THE BEST C Gia Sherman Event: "Combat or Air travel" 2011 The Playboy Membership Carol-Lynne Cunningham 7 shows 2011–14 Laws & Purchase: Particular Victims Device Maria Grazie 9 shows 2012–13 CONTINUE Lauren Bennett 22 shows 2013 MAYBE IT'S Worse Kendra Event: "What's Your Top secret?" 2013 Royal Aches Shelby Shackleford 8 shows 2013 Primary Anne Barker / Abigail Spencer Event: "Poison Pencil" 2013 The Sound of Music Live! Elsa Schrader Tv special 2014–15 THE NICE Wife Renata Ellard 2 shows 2014 Nurse Jackie Mia Peyton 7 shows 2014–15 Nashville Sadie Rock 15 shows 2015–16 Supergirl Alura Zor-El / Astra In-Ze 10 shows 2016–present The Later Present with Stephen Colbert Melania Trump 4 shows 2017 The Detour Edie 11 shows 2017 Tangled: Before Ever After Female Caine (tone of voice) Tv film

Awards and nominations

Year Honor Category Nominated function Result 2000 Tony Honor Best Featured Celebrity inside a Musical Golf swing! Nominated 2002 Tony Honor Best Featured Celebrity inside a Musical In to the Woods Nominated Play Desk Prize Outstanding Actress within a Musical Nominated Outer Critics Group Prize Outstanding Featured Celebrity within a Musical Nominated 2003 Play League Prize Distinguished Functionality Nine Nominated Outer Critics Group Prize Outstanding Featured Celebrity within a Musical Nominated 2008 Tony Prize Best Featured Celebrity within a Musical Gypsy Won Play Desk Prize Outstanding Featured Celebrity within a Musical Won Play League Prize Distinguished Functionality Nominated Outer Critics Group Prize Outstanding Featured Celebrity within a Musical Won 2010 Play League Prize Distinguished Performance Within the next Area (or The Vibrator Play) Nominated Outer Critics Group Prize Outstanding Actress within a Play Nominated 2011 Tony Prize Best Featured Celebrity within a Musical Females over the Verge of the Nervous Break down Nominated Play Desk Prize Outstanding Featured Celebrity within a Musical Won Play League Prize Distinguished Functionality Nominated Outer Critics Group Prize Outstanding Featured Celebrity within a Musical Won 2016 Tony Prize Best Actress inside a Musical She Enjoys Me Nominated Theatre Desk Honor Outstanding Actress inside a Musical Nominated Theatre League Honor Distinguished Overall performance Nominated Outer Critics Group Honor Outstanding Actress inside a Musical Nominated Saturn Honours Best Guest Celebrity On Tv Supergirl Nominated