The singing actress is currently appearing as Louise in the critically heralded revival of Gypsy, a performance that earned her a Best Featured Actress nomination is this year's Tony race. She recently won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.
New Jersey native Benanti made her Broadway debut at the age of 19 in the ensemble of The Sound of Music, later replacing Rebecca Luker as Maria. Other recent Broadway credits include Julia in The Wedding Singer and Claudia in the Tony-winning revival of Maury Yeston's Nine. She has previously received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Swing! and the revival of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
Here is a look at the event at the legendary midtown restaurant:
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