Celebrating the release of her new CD, Live at 54 Below, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti, bares all in an evening filled with amusing stories, mesmerizing melodies and a dab of self-deprecating humor. This kooky and sexy Broadway and TV star will feature an eclectic range of music from the Great American Songbook to popular songs of today.
Laura will also be conducting a master class at 1:00pm on June 7th. For more details see The Classes!
*$12 food or beverage minimum
Laura Benanti has brought her unique abilities to comedies, dramas and musicals since she took Broadway by storm at the age of 18, when she began her multifaceted career as Maria in The Sound of Music opposite Richard Chamberlain.
She received a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Nomination for her performance as Candela in the Broadway production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown for Lincoln Center, where she also starred in Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play). Ms. Benanti demonstrated her comic flair in the Public Theater's production of Christopher Durang's Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them.
Ms. Benanti earned the 2008 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her revelatory portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy opposite Patti LuPone and directed by Arthur Laurents. Her other Broadway roles include her Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-nominated performance as Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods and her sultry Tony-nominated turn in Swing! She also starred opposite Antonio Banderas as his muse in the celebrated revival of Maury Yeston’s Nine.
Most recently Benanti received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella at City Center Encores, directed by Casey Nicholaw. Other distinguished theater performances include 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 City Center Encores’ Wonderful Town opposite Donna Murphy.
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 semi-operatic heft, can go almost anywhere." The show won a 2014 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Major Cabaret Vocalist as well as a 2014 Broadway World Award for Best Female Celebrity Vocalist. 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.
On television Ms. Benanti recently received raves for her performance as Baroness Elsa Schrader in NBC's The Sound of Music Live!, starring Carrie Underwood. She starred in the NBC series The Playboy Club; Go On opposite Matthew Perry; and in the FX comedy series Starved. She has appeared in recurring roles on Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains, The Big C, Law & Order: SVU, Eli Stone, and as a guest star on The Good Wife, Elementary and Life on Mars. On the big screen, she appeared in Falling for Grace, Meskada, and Take the Lead alongside Antonio Banderas.
She currently resides in Manhattan
Best of 2013! "This beautiful, prodigiously gifted Broadway star knows exactly when to shine and when to twinkle in her enchanting collection of stories and songs." - Time Out New York
"A vibrant free spirit who leaps from one genre to another with hardly a second thought – Ms. Benanti is a natural, not only on Broadway but also in cabaret." – The New York Times
"The Broadway diva's shivery, silvery soprano proves a perfect fit for the Joni Mitchell gem on In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention." - USA Today
"Best in class. A truly delightful experience - over the top!"Cabaret Guest