Laura Benanti

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Tales from Soprano Isle

Tony Award-winner and five-time Tony Award nominee Laura Benanti is a highly celebrated stage and screen actress. A native of Kinnelon, New Jersey, she won Paper Mill Playhouse’s Rising Star Award for her portrayal of Dolly Levi in her high school production of Hello, Dolly!, and from there, went on to take Broadway by storm, making her Broadway debut at the young age of 18 as Maria in The Sound of Music, opposite Richard Chamberlain. Benanti recently ended her critically acclaimed run starring as Eliza Doolittle in Lincoln Center’s revival of “My Fair Lady.”

Other Broadway roles and awards include Amalia Balash in She Loves Me, (nominated for Tony, winner of Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards)  Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. (Tony nomination, winner of Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award)  Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy opposite Patti LuPone 2008 (Tony Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, a Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award) and more including The Wedding SingerNine, Swing! and Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. 

Her television credits include recurring roles in “Younger,” “The Detour,” Supergirl,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Nashville,” “The Good Wife, “Elementary,” “Nurse Jackie," “The Big C,” NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live” and many more. 

Ms. Benanti has performed numerous concert engagements, both solo in her critically-lauded “Tales from Soprano Isle,’ and with her mother, Linda Benanti, in their duo show “The Story Goes On.”  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 rave reviews.

Tickets: $48, $43 for Seniors, Students and KU Faculty and Staff, $10 for KU Students w/ID.

(Those that have tickets for the previously scheduled Lea Salonga performance can use their same tickets or request a refund. The Box Office will be contacting all patrons.)