Laura Benanti

D.O.B: Jul 15, 1979 |  Kinnelon, New Jersey, USA

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Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti recently joined the season 3 cast of ABCs hit series, Nashville (2012), as songbird Sadie Stone. Last year, Laura appeared in recurring roles on CBSS The Good Wife (2009) and Showtimes Nurse Jackie (2009), in addition to her critically-acclaimed performance as Elsa Schrader in NBCs The Sound of Music Live!

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Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti recently joined the season 3 cast of ABCs hit series, Nashville (2012), as songbird Sadie Stone. Last year, Laura appeared in recurring roles on CBSS The Good Wife (2009) and Showtimes Nurse Jackie (2009), in addition to her critically-acclaimed performance as Elsa Schrader in NBCs The Sound of Music Live! (2013), starring Carrie Underwood. In addition to television work, Ms. Benanti is a highly-celebrated, four-time Tony Award-nominated stage actress, who took Broadway by storm at the age of 18. She received a Drama Desk award, Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award Nomination for her starring role in the Broadway production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown for Lincoln Center, where she also starred in the Broadway production of Sarah Ruhls In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. Ms. Benanti earned the 2008 Tony Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for her revelatory portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, opposite Patti LuPone and directed by Arthur Laurents. Her other Broadway roles include The Wedding Singer, Nine starring Antonio Banderas, her Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-nominated performance of Cinderella in Stephen Sondheims Into the Woods and her sultry Tony-nominated turn in Swing! Ms. Benanti made her Broadway debut as Maria in The Sound of Music opposite Richard Chamberlain. Other distinguished theater performances include the Public Theaters production of Christopher Durangs Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, Perdita in The Winters Tale at the Williamstown Theatre Festival opposite Kate Burton, Anne in A Little Night Music at the L.