Nine Star Laura Benanti Leaves Broadway Revival For Violet Hour, Aug. 31

News   Nine Star Laura Benanti Leaves Broadway Revival For Violet Hour, Aug. 31
Laura Benanti sings the love duet "Unusual Way" for the last time Aug. 31 as she gives her final performance as Claudia, the film star muse to Antonio Banderas' filmmaker Guido Contini, in the Tony Award-winning revival of Nine.

The ingenue rose to the spotlight in the 1998 Broadway revival The Sound of Music, making her Broadway debut replacing lead actress Rebecca Luker (who now replaces her in Nine, Sept. 2). Benanti has since landed roles in Swing! Into The Woods and the upcoming new Richard Greenberg drama The Violet Hour.

Mary Stuart Masterson and Chita Rivera continue with the show. Tony Award nominee Antonio Banderas and Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski are scheduled to leave the show Oct. 5. John Stamos and Jenna Elfman have been mentioned to replace them. Tickets are currently available for the Roundabout Theater Company staging through Jan. 4, 2004.

Nine began performances at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre March 21 and opened April 10 for a limited run originally scheduled through June 29.

Benanti begins the new Greenberg (Take Me Out) work Oct. 16 at the new Manhattan Theatre Club house, the renovated Biltmore Theatre on Broadway. Scott Foley, Mario Cantone, Jasmine Guy and Robert Sean Leonard co-star in the work which opens Nov. 6.

Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Nine, plays at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 230 West 49 St. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or click here.

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