- Was inspired to become an actress at the age of 3 by a video of a Snow White play that a friend of her mother's was in.
- Says she was something of an "ugly duckling" while growing up.
- Studies voice with her mother, Linda, a former Broadway performer.
- Began her Broadway career at 18 when she was cast as the Maria understudy in The Sound of Music; she took over the role a year later when original star Rebecca Luker left the show.
- Fractured her neck in a pratfall during a 2002 production of Into the Woods; the injury went undiagnosed for nine months.
- Enjoys songwriting.
- 2002, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
- 2008, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Winner
- 2000, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
- 2011, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
- 2016, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
- Linda Benanti — Mother
- Salvatore Benanti — Stepfather
- Chris Barron — Ex-husband
- Marielle — Sister
- Steven Pasquale — Ex-husband
- Martin Vidnovic — Father
- Patrick Brown — Husband
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- Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
- Profession: Actor, Singer
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