Fast Facts

  • 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.


  • 2011, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
  • 2002, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
  • 2008, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Winner
  • 2000, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
  • 2016, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee


  • Linda Benanti — Mother
  • Ella Rose Benanti-Brown — Daughter
  • Salvatore Benanti — Stepfather
  • Chris Barron — Ex-husband
  • Marielle — Sister
  • Steven Pasquale — Ex-husband
  • Patrick Brown — Husband
  • Martin Vidnovic — Father


  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Singer

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