Laura Benanti

Laura Ilene Benanti (born Laura Ilene Vidnovic; July 15, 1979) is an American actress and singer.

She played Louise in the 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy, winning the 2008 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Benanti then appeared in the stage musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in 2010, winning the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She played Baroness Elsa Schräder in the 2013 NBC television production of The Sound of Music Live! and in 2015 began playing twin sisters Alura and Astra in the TV series Supergirl. Beginning in 2017, Benanti appears as Edie Randall in the TBS comedy The Detour. Since 2016, she has had a recurring role as First Lady Melania Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[1]

Laura Benanti
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Benanti at the 2012 Drama League Benefit Gala
Laura Ilene Vidnovic

July 15, 1979 (age 39)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1998–present
Notable credit(s)
Home townKinnelon, New Jersey
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)

Early life

Benanti was born in New York City to Linda Wonneberger, a vocal coach and former actress, and Martin Vidnovic, a Broadway actor and singer.[2] She is of Serbian, German, Irish, and Native American heritage.[3] Her parents divorced when she was young and she moved to Kinnelon, New Jersey with her mother and her stepfather Salvatore Benanti, a psychotherapist, whose name she took and whom she has referred to as her father.[2][4]

Benanti remembers being "very serious" and "a bit of an ugly duckling" as a child; she was intensely interested in musical theatre, saying she "came out of the womb as a 40-year-old". She was particularly interested in the music of Stephen Sondheim at an early age and distanced herself from other children.[4][5] (In 2008, Benanti told The New York Times that she drew on this loneliness in her portrayal of the neglected Louise in Gypsy.)[5] Though her parents refused to let Laura audition for professional theatre, Laura appeared in several high school and community productions, including Evita (as Peron's mistress), Follies (as Young Heidi), and Into the Woods (as Cinderella).[3] At 16, Benanti played the title role in her high school production of Hello, Dolly! and won a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award for Outstanding Actress in a high school production.[6] She graduated from Kinnelon High School in 1997.[6]



In 1998, Paper Mill's then-artistic director Robert Johanson recommended Benanti for the role of Liesl in a Broadway revival of The Sound of Music. She auditioned for the show's producers and was considered too mature-looking to play Liesl, but, after several call-backs, was signed at the age of 18 to play one of the nuns and to understudy Rebecca Luker as Maria. Benanti played the role for two weeks during Luker's vacation, and, at 19, took over the role when Luker left the production.[2] Michael Buckley of Playbill later wrote that Benanti "was an absolutely wonderful Maria ... As do others, I believe that had she opened in the show, Benanti would have been an overnight sensation."[3] When she was cast in The Sound of Music, Benanti had attended New York University for two weeks; the dean recommended she go on leave to take the job.[7]

In 1999, Benanti appeared in the Broadway revue Swing!, for which she received a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. In 2000, she co-starred with Donna Murphy in the critically acclaimed City Center Encores! concert production of the Leonard Bernstein-Betty Comden-Adolph Green musical Wonderful Town.

In 2002, Benanti played Cinderella (a role she had played as a teenager) in the Broadway revival of Into the Woods, and received both a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical and a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. During a mid-performance pratfall in Into the Woods, Benanti fractured her neck, herniating two discs directly onto her spinal cord and cutting off spinal fluid, a condition that sometimes leads to paralysis.[3][5]

The injury was misdiagnosed and Into the Woods producers asked Benanti not to mention her injury; when she began missing performances due to neck problems, rumors spread that Benanti was behaving unprofessionally, something that she calls "really hurtful". She says, "I had a serious injury and there was absolutely no way I could have done the show. I tried to. I tried to go back and do it but I physically couldn't."[8] Benanti was eventually replaced in the show by Erin Dilly. Eight months after her initial injury, Benanti was rediagnosed and received surgery that could have damaged her voice but was successful, though as of 2005 she still experienced neck pain and myelopathy.[3][5]

Three weeks after undergoing spinal surgery, Benanti started previews in March 2003 for the Broadway revival of Nine, in which she played Claudia, a movie star who inspires Guido, a director played by Antonio Banderas.[5] She left the show in September 2003. Benanti appeared in the World AIDS Day concerts of Pippin, Children of Eden and The Secret Garden.[9][10][11] From April 2006 to December 2006 she played Julia Sullivan in the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer.[12]

In July 2007, Benanti played in a three-week limited run of the musical Gypsy in the Encores! staged concert production at the New York City Center as Louise, alongside Patti LuPone as Rose and Boyd Gaines as Herbie. In March 2008, the production transferred to Broadway, where it ran until January 2009 and received widespread critical acclaim. Benanti's performance as Louise was praised, with The New York Times's Ben Brantley declaring it "the performance of her career".[13] She won several awards, including a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.

Benanti appeared in The Public Theater's world premiere production of Christopher Durang's play Why Torture Is Wrong, And the People Who Love Them, from April 6, 2009, to April 26, 2009.[14] She next appeared in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) beginning October 22, 2009 (previews), and opening November 19, 2009, at the Lyceum Theatre.[15]

Benanti appeared in the new musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown on Broadway from October 8, 2010, until January 2, 2011. She received a Tony Award nomination, and won the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance.[16] In June 2013, Benanti performed as the soprano soloist in the San Francisco premiere of Andrew Lippa's oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk.[17] She played Goddess in The Public Theater's musical adaptation of The Tempest, which was presented at the Delacorte Theatre from September 6 through 8, 2013.[18]

From April 2 through 6, 2014, Benanti starred as Rosabella in the New York City Center Encores! staged concert production of Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella alongside Shuler Hensley, Cheyenne Jackson, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and Heidi Blickenstaff.[19]

On February 16, 2015, Benanti played Lucille Frank in the Manhattan Concert Productions presentation of Parade at Avery Fisher Hall, alongside Jeremy Jordan as Leo Frank.[20] She appeared in New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall from March 12 through May 7, 2015.[21]

Benanti starred in the lead role of Amalia Balash in the 2016 Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway revival of She Loves Me opposite Zachary Levi. The production began previews at Studio 54 on February 19, 2016 and opened on March 17 for a limited engagement through July 10.[22][23][24] She received a nomination for Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for this role.

In 2017, Benanti once again appeared on Broadway in Steve Martin's Meteor Shower, along with Keegan-Michael Key as Gerald, Amy Schumer as Corky, and Jeremy Shamos as Norm. The play premiered on Broadway on November 1, 2017 in previews, officially on November 29, 2017 at the Booth Theatre. The play closed on January 21, 2018.[25]

Benanti replaced Lauren Ambrose as Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway Lincoln Center Theater revival of My Fair Lady, beginning October 23, 2018 for a limited run through February 17, 2019, except for Tuesday nights with Kerstin Anderson in the role.[26] Benanti has extended her appearance in the musical to July 7, 2019.[27]

Television and film

In addition to stage roles, Benanti was a regular on the short-lived FX Networks sitcom Starved (2005), which received mixed reviews[28][29] but Benanti it described as "a good experience. I got a lot of camera experience, which was something I just hadn't had."[8] In 2006, she appeared in two films: Take the Lead, in which she reunited with her Nine co-star Antonio Banderas,[30] and Falling for Grace as "Princess Alexandra".[31][32]

In 2008, Benanti had a recurring role on the ABC television series Eli Stone. She appeared in the pilot for the TV show as well.[33][34]

In 2011 she was cast in the NBC series The Playboy Club, which was canceled after three episodes.[35] Benanti played the wife of Dr. Atticus Sherman on episode 11 of season two of The Big C, entitled "Fight Or Flight".[36]

In 2011 and 2012, Benanti had a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Detective Nick Amaro's wife.[37] Benanti played the role of Lauren Bennett, a leader of a support group, on the NBC series, Go On.[38] Go On was canceled in May 2013 after one season.[39]

She had a recurring role on the USA series, Royal Pains.[40] On October 17, 2013, Benanti appeared in an episode of Elementary on CBS.[41] She also appeared in Nurse Jackie and The Good Wife.[42][43]

On December 5, 2013, Benanti played Elsa Schraeder in the NBC production of The Sound of Music Live![44][45]

In 2014 she was cast as country singer Sadie Stone in the ABC musical drama series Nashville for its third season, recording and performing several songs during her arc.[46]

In 2015, she joined the cast of Supergirl, where she has a recurring role as Alura In-Ze, Zor-El's wife and mother of Kara[47] and Alura's twin sister General Astra, who wants to take over earth as its new ruler and destroy her niece Kara.[48] In July 2017, it was announced that Benanti would not return to the series for its third season due to her work schedule and that Erica Durance would assume the role of Alura.[49] Benanti guest-starred as Edie, a United States Postal Service inspector in the second season of The Detour and was later promoted to a series regular for season three.[50]

On July 19, 2016, Benanti first impersonated Melania Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert during the run-up to the US presidential election,[51] a role she reprised in subsequent appearances on that show.[52]


Benanti can be heard on the original cast albums of each of her Broadway roles, as well as compilation albums of Stephen Schwartz and Maury Yeston. She participated in a studio cast recording of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro, which was released by Sony Classics in February 2009. She also appears as a guest artist on the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C.'s live album, You've Got to Be Carefully Taught: The Songs of Hammerstein & Sondheim, taken from a 2002 performance at the Kennedy Center.

A songwriter and guitarist, Benanti has written songs privately since at least the early 2000s;[4] in 2005, she said that she was working on a folk-rock solo CD, though "Musical theatre is my first love[...]I want to take my music and orchestrate it in a kind of old fashioned style, and take some standards and 'popularize' them—do a true crossover. I'm working on it."[3]

In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention, a live recording of Benanti's concert engagement at 54 Below, was released by Broadway Records in September 2013.[53]

Solo recordings

  • In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention: Live at 54 Below (2013)
  • I Like Musicals - Single (2016)

Broadway recordings

  • The Sound of Music (1998 Broadway Revival Cast Recording)
  • Swing! (1998 Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  • Into the Woods (2002 Broadway Revival Cast Recording)
  • Nine (2003 Broadway Revival Cast Recording)
  • The Wedding Singer (2006 Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  • Gypsy (2008 Broadway Revival Cast Recording)
  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2011 Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  • She Loves Me (2016 Revival Cast Recording)

Studio and concert recordings

  • The Stephen Schwartz Album - 1999 Studio Recording
  • The Maury Yeston Songbook - 2003 Studio Recording
  • NEO (New, Emerging... Outstanding!) - 2003 Concert Recording
  • You've Got To Be Carefully Taught: The Songs of Sondheim & Hammerstein - 2003 Gay Men's Chorus Of Washington D.C. Recording
  • Hair - 2004 Concert Recording
  • Wall to Wall Stephen Sondheim - 2006 Concert Recording
  • Allegro - 2008 Studio Recording
  • A Little Princess - 2010 Studio Recording


  • The Sound of Music Live: Music from the NBC Television Event - 2013 Soundtrack
  • The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 1 - 2014 Soundtrack (contributed 3 tracks: "Can't Help My Heart" with Will Chase, "Sad Song" and "Novocaine" with Jonathan Jackson)
  • The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 2 - 2015 Soundtrack (contributed 1 track: "Gasoline and Matches" with Connie Britton)[54][55]

Personal life

Benanti met Chris Barron, lead singer of the Spin Doctors, in the early 2000s. They married on July 25, 2005, but by the end of the year were going through what Benanti has called a "terrible divorce."[56] They were divorced in 2006.[3]

At the 2005 World AIDS Day "dream cast" concert of The Secret Garden she met actor Steven Pasquale. In September 2007 they married.[57] On July 8, 2013, they made the statement, "After almost six years of marriage, Steven Pasquale and Laura Benanti are amicably filing for divorce. They remain loving and committed friends."[58]

On June 12, 2015, she became engaged to Patrick Brown.[59] The two were married on November 15, 2015.[60] Benanti gave birth to daughter Ella Rose on February 14, 2017.[61]


Year Title Record label
2013 In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention Broadway Records [62][63]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Sound of Music A Postulant Broadway
1998–99 Maria Von Trapp Broadway replacement
1999 Swing! Performer Broadway
2000 Wonderful Town Eileen Sherwood Encores!
2002 Into the Woods Cinderella Broadway
2003 Nine Claudia Nardi Broadway
The Violet Hour Rosamund Plinth Broadway replacement
2004 Pippin Catherine World AIDS Day Benefit
2005 The Secret Garden Lily Craven World AIDS Day Benefit
2006 The Wedding Singer Julia Sullivan Broadway
2007 Gypsy Louise Encores!
2008–09 Broadway
2009 Why Torture Is Wrong, And The People Who Love Them Felicity Off-Broadway
2009–10 In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) Mrs. Givings Broadway
2010–11 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Candela Broadway
2013 I Am Harvey Milk The Soprano San Francisco
The Tempest Goddess Off-Broadway
2014 The Most Happy Fella Rosabella Encores!
2015 Parade Lucille Frank Avery Fisher Hall
New York Spring Spectacular Jenna Radio City Music Hall
2016 She Loves Me Amalia Balash Broadway
2017–18 Meteor Shower Laura Broadway
2018–19 My Fair Lady Eliza Doolittle Broadway



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Take the Lead Tina
2006 Falling for Grace Alexandra
2010 Meskada Allison Connor
2014 Russian Broadway Shut Down Sophia the Cosmonaut Short film
2016 She Loves Me Amalia Balash Recorded live on Broadway, airing in cinemas[64]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Starved Billie Frasier 7 episodes
2008 Eli Stone Beth Keller 5 episodes
2009 Life on Mars Denise Carling Episode: "Home Is Where You Hand Your Holster"
2010 Open Books June Television film
2011 The Big C Gia Sherman Episode: "Fight or Flight"
2011 The Playboy Club Carol-Lynne Cunningham 7 episodes
2011–14 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Maria Grazie 9 episodes
2012–13 Go On Lauren Bennett 22 episodes
2013 It Could Be Worse Kendra Episode: "What's Your Secret?"
2013 Royal Pains Shelby Shackleford 8 episodes
2013 Elementary Anne Barker / Abigail Spencer Episode: "Poison Pen"
2013 The Sound of Music Live! Elsa Schrader Television special
2014–15 The Good Wife Renata Ellard 2 episodes
2014 Nurse Jackie Mia Peyton 7 episodes
2014–15 Nashville Sadie Stone 15 episodes
2015–16 Supergirl Alura Zor-El / Astra In-Ze 10 episodes
2016–present The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Melania Trump Recurring[65][66][67][68]
2017–present The Detour Edie Randall 20 episodes
2017 Tangled: Before Ever After Lady Caine (voice) Television film
2017 Tangled: The Series Lady Caine (voice) Episode: "Max's Enemy"
2018 Younger Quinn Tyler 3 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Swing! Nominated
2002 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Into the Woods Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
2003 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nine Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
2008 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Gypsy Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won
2010 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Play Nominated
2011 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won
2016 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical She Loves Me Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Guest Starring Role on Television Supergirl Nominated
2018 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Meteor Shower Nominated


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External links

65th Tony Awards

The 65th Annual Tony Awards was held on June 12, 2011 to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2010–2011 season. They were held at the Beacon Theatre, ending a fourteen-year tradition of holding the ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. The Awards ceremony was broadcast live on CBS and was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. The award nominations were announced on May 3, 2011.The ceremony received extremely positive reviews from critics, with many citing it as a major improvement over the previous year. Numerous critics credited host Neil Patrick Harris with the success of the production, with one critic calling him "America's next great awards host."

Chris Barron

Chris Barron (born Christopher Gross; born February 5, 1968) is an American singer and songwriter, best known as the lead singer of Spin Doctors.

Drama Desk Award

The Drama Desk Awards are presented annually and were first awarded in 1955 to recognize excellence in New York theatre productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. Broadway productions were excluded until the 1968–69 award season. The awards are considered a significant American theater distinction.

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. The awards were established in 1955, with acting awards being given without making distinctions between roles in plays and musicals, or actors and actresses. The new award categories were later created in the 1975 ceremony.

† - indicates the performance won the Tony Award

‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for the Tony Award

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. The awards were established in 1955, with acting awards being given without making distinctions between roles in plays and musicals, or actors and actresses. The new award categories were later created in the 1975 ceremony.

† - indicates the performance also won the Tony Award

‡ - indicates the performance was nominated but did not win the Tony Award

§- indicates the performance also won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical

≠- indicates the performance was nominated but did not win the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical


Encores! is a Tony-honored concert series dedicated to performing rarely heard American musicals, usually with their original orchestrations. Presented by New York City Center since 1994, Encores! has revived shows by Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim, among many others. The series has spawned nineteen cast recordings and numerous Broadway transfers, including Kander and Ebb's Chicago, which is now the second longest-running musical in Broadway history. Videotapes of many Encores! productions are collected at the Billy Rose Theater Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Since 2000, the series has been led by artistic director Jack Viertel.

From 2007 to 2009, City Center presented a spin-off series titled Encores! Summer Stars, which produced well-known Broadway shows in fully staged productions. The first musical in the series was Gypsy, starring Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines, and Laura Benanti. Gypsy received unprecedented attention for an Encores! show and eventually transferred to Broadway; LuPone, Gaines, and Benanti all won Tony Awards for their performances.

In 2013, City Center launched Encores! Off-Center!, a sister series devoted to groundbreaking Off-Broadway musicals. Led by founding artistic director Jeanine Tesori for its first four seasons, Encores! Off-Center was subsequently led by Michael Friedman. Following Friedman's death, it is currently led by co-artistic directors Jeanine Tesori and Anne Kauffman.

Feinstein's/54 Below

Feinstein's/54 Below is a cabaret and restaurant in New York City owned by Broadway producers Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel, Marc Routh and Tom Viertel. It has hosted shows by such performers as Patti LuPone, Ben Vereen, Marilyn Maye and Barbara Cook. It is located in the basement of Studio 54.

Into the Woods

Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from "Little Red Riding Hood", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Rapunzel", and "Cinderella", as well as several others. The musical is tied together by a story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family (the original beginning of The Grimm Brothers' "Rapunzel"), their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey.

The musical debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986 and premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987, where it won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera (1988). The musical has since been produced many times, with a 1988 US national tour, a 1990 West End production, a 1997 tenth anniversary concert, a 2002 Broadway revival, a 2010 London revival, and in 2012 as part of New York City's outdoor Shakespeare in the Park series.

A Disney film adaptation directed by Rob Marshall and starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp was released in 2014. The film grossed over $213 million worldwide, and received three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations.

Jamie McGonnigal

James Campbell McGonnigal (born August 6, 1975 in Weymouth, Massachusetts) is an American voice actor, actor, producer, activist and director, who has worked for various companies such as 4Kids Entertainment, Central Park Media, NYAV Post, DuArt Film and Video and Funimation.

Luis Salgado

Luis Salgado (born August 30, 1980 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican performer, director, choreographer, and producer. His career has led him to Broadway, film, television, and stages around the world. He has worked with performers such as Corbin Bleu, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti, Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey and Diego Luna.

Martin Vidnovic

Martin Vidnovic (born January 4, 1948) is an American actor and singer.

Meteor Shower (play)

Meteor Shower is a 2016 play written by Steve Martin. The play, a comedy, is set in 1993 in Ojai, California. It premiered on Broadway in 2017, where Amy Schumer received the production's sole Tony Award nomination.

She Loves Me

She Loves Me is a musical with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock.

The musical is the third adaptation of the 1937 play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklós László, following the 1940 James Stewart-Margaret Sullavan film The Shop Around the Corner and the 1949 Judy Garland-Van Johnson musical version In the Good Old Summertime. It surfaced again in 1998 as the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan feature You've Got Mail. The plot revolves around Budapest shop employees Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other's secret pen pal met through lonely-hearts ads.

The musical premiered on Broadway in 1963, and subsequently had productions in the West End in 1964 and award-winning revivals on each side of the Atlantic in the 1990s, as well as regional productions. She Loves Me was revived again on Broadway in 2016, and the production became the first Broadway show ever to be live-streamed.

Steven Pasquale

Steven Pasquale (pronounced ; born November 18, 1976) is an American actor of stage, film, and television. He is best known for his role as the New York City Firefighter/First Responder Sean Garrity in the series Rescue Me. He made his debut on the HBO series Six Feet Under, playing a love interest for David. He also starred in the film Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) and made motion capture in the action-adventure game Heavy Rain (2010) as the detective Norman Jayden.

The Detour (TV series)

The Detour is an American comedy television series created by Jason Jones and Samantha Bee about a family vacation road trip. The series premiered on TBS on April 11, 2016. The show was renewed for a second season on April 6, 2016, five days prior to the series premiere. The second season premiered on February 21, 2017. On April 25, 2017, TBS renewed the series for a third season.On May 11, 2018, the series was renewed for a fourth season.

The Playboy Club

The Playboy Club is an American historical crime drama television series that aired on NBC from September 19 to October 3, 2011. Set in 1961, the series centers on the employees (known as Bunnies) of the original Playboy Club operating in Chicago. The Playboy Club stars Eddie Cibrian, Laura Benanti, Amber Heard, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Naturi Naughton, Leah Renee, Wes Ramsey, Jenifer Lewis, and David Krumholtz.

The Playboy Club was canceled on October 4, 2011, after three episodes aired, due to its low ratings. It was the first cancellation of the 2011–12 television season. NBC continued to film the series until October 10, 2011, hoping to sell the series to another network.When production wrapped on October 10, 2011, Chad Hodge (the show's creator and executive producer) and Benanti both tweeted that they had finished seven episodes, including the pilot. Benanti further stated that the seventh episode has two endings, one of which is more final to the series.

Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical

The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical has been presented since 1950. The award was not given at the first three Tony Award ceremonies. Nominees were not announced publicly until 1956.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (musical)

For the 1988 film with the same title, see Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a musical with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane. Based on the Pedro Almodóvar film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), the musical tells the tale of a group of women in late 20th-century Madrid whose relationships with men lead to a tumultuous 48 hours of love, confusion and passion.

The original Broadway production opened at the Belasco Theatre in October 2010, but had mixed reviews and closed in January 2011 after 30 previews and 69 performances. It was nominated for 3 Tony Awards and 6 Drama Desk Awards. With new direction and production design, the musical transferred to London and opened at the Playhouse Theatre in January 2015, where it received mixed to positive reviews and 2 Laurence Olivier Award nominations. It closed in May of that year.

Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi Pugh (born September 29, 1980) is an American actor and singer. He played Chuck Bartowski in the series Chuck and appeared in films such as Tangled, Thor: The Dark World, and Thor: Ragnarok.

Levi starred in the lead role of Georg Nowack in the 2016 Broadway revival of She Loves Me opposite Laura Benanti, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. In 2010, Levi voiced Flynn Rider in the animated film Tangled, in which he performed the duet "I See the Light" with Mandy Moore; the song won a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media. He later reprised the role in the short film Tangled Ever After, and returned to voice Flynn Rider again in a Disney Channel television series based on the film in 2017. In October 2017, he was cast as the title character in DC Films' Shazam!, as a part of the DC Extended Universe. The film is scheduled to be released April 5, 2019.

Awards for Laura Benanti

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