Flavorwire Interview: Laura Benanti on Her New Live Album and Upcoming Live ‘Sound of Music’ TV Production
"A confession: when I got an email asking if I’d be interested in speaking with Tony winner Laura Benanti, I replied immediately with an all-caps “YES.” I saw her in the short-lived Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for which she received her fourth Tony nomination; I was blown away by her standout number, “Model Behavior,” which I still contend is one of the best musical theatre songs in recent years. I was excited to see her later turn up on both The Playboy Club and Go On, two TV shows that eventually were canceled. (You may remember Benanti performing at the Tonys earlier this year with Smash‘s Megan Hilty and The New Normal‘s Andrew Rannells; the three hilariously lamented their TV failures).
She’s returned to New York and her first love, having recently released her first solo album, In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention, (recorded live at 54 Below), and she’ll be appearing in the live television production of The Sound of Music as Elsa Schrader opposite Carrie Underwood. I spoke with her yesterday about recording her live show,The Sound of Music production, and her return to New York.”
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