Tonight Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti will kick off the primary of her “Diamond Series” performances at Feinstein’s/54 Beneath in New York.
Operating via October 10, her applications embody a welcome drink and hors d’oeuvres, a three-course dinner created by Prime Chef winner Harold Dieterle and a particular live performance. Kelli O’Hara launched the collection final week.
The multi-talented Benanti—who has beforehand appeared in each solo and profit exhibits at Feinstein’s/54 Beneath—has appeared in recent times in Broadway musicals and performs, in movie and on TV; she has additionally made a movie and an album and co-written a youngsters’s board e book.
In an interview final week, Benanti mentioned she had been “very blessed to be working fairly so steadily” in the course of the pandemic, particularly since so lots of her skilled colleagues haven’t.
Though she has not skilled the identical struggles as they, she mentioned she has “felt a pull inside my psychological well being—guilt, disappointment, anger. Persons are making choices about (others’) lives that aren’t all the time primarily based on reality.”
Her five-year-old daughter, she added, has spent virtually half her life sporting a masks; she is unable to learn individuals’s expressions, which Benanti mentioned has been “actually arduous.”
She, her husband and their daughter moved to New Jersey from New York Metropolis early within the pandemic.
Benanti, who ceaselessly did a depraved impersonation of Melania Trump on The Late Present with Stephen Colbert throughout Donald Trump’s administration, mentioned that though the character has been “retired for now, who is aware of” if she can be revived.
Benanti made a triumphant return to Broadway in 2019 as Eliza Doolittle in Lincoln Middle’s acclaimed manufacturing of My Honest Woman. Since making her Broadway debut at 18 as Maria in The Sound of Music reverse Richard Chamberlain, she has appeared in Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower; She Loves Me, for which she was nominated for a number of awards, and Ladies on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award, and gained each the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards.
Benanti gained the 2008 Tony Award for excellent featured actress in a musical, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Louise in Gypsy reverse Patti LuPone.
On tv, she presently seems in HBO Max’s Gossip Woman reboot. She additionally starred in Price. Set within the aftermath of 9/11, this drama follows legal professionals Kenneth Feinberg and Camille S. Biros facilitating the implementation of the September eleventh Sufferer Compensation Fund. Benanti stars as a mom determining one of the simplest ways to honor her late, firefighting husband.
Benanti will subsequent be seen in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tick, Tick . . Growth!, a movie adaption of the autobiographical, Off-Broadway present written by Jonathan Larson, greatest recognized for writing Hire. And he or she lately starred within the movie Right here Right now reverse Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish.
Final yr, Benanti created and executive-produced the HBO Max particular, Homeschool Musical, Class of 2020, which options college students from throughout the U.S. and explores their private experiences and musical expertise via performances of well-known songs.
She additionally launched a self-titled studio album for Sony Music Masterworks comprised of up to date covers, jazz-influenced torch songs and comedic takes on beloved favorites. And, in 2018, she produced the youngsters’s album, Singing You Residence – Kids’s Songs for Household Reunification; its proceeds are donated to reuniting households separated on the border.
As well as, Benanti lately co-authored the comedic youngsters’s board e book M is for Mama (and likewise Merlot): A Fashionable Mother’s ABCs, meant for expectant, new and not-so-new mothers.
Showing after Benanti within the Diamond Sequence can be Megan Hilty (November 2-7) and Jennifer Holliday (February 8-13, 2022).