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By Seth Rudetsky
13 May 2013

Laura Benanti
Photo by Robert Trachtenberg/NBC

I had Tony Award winner Laura Benanti on "Seth Speaks" (my SiriusXM talk show) and she was hilarious as usual. She said she's living in a small apartment in Los Angeles that's filled with recently divorced dad and 20-year-old college kids, so on the weekends, the elevators are filled with the wafting smell of pot and children muttering, "I hate my Dad." I bragged about having Laura and Steven Pasquale on my radio show years ago when they were just friends and psychically knowing they were going to have a relationship. I told her I'd never seen so much sexual tension. Laura quipped, "Well, now we're married so there's no sexual tension." The Lockhorns? Laura is gearing up for her performances at 54 Below and I'm going to see her with James. Get your tix here.

Such a beautiful singer and such a fantastic actress. And, as I've said for years, so funny! Here she is with me demonstrating all the things we hate about haughty sopranos: back-phrasing for no reason, speaking a note because you can't actually hit it, glaring at the pianist for no reason, following the rhythm and sacrificing the acting in the process, added high note that's held too long and physicalizing the cut-off: watch! And here's the fabulous Obsessed I did with her.

I hope I'll see you in New Orleans this Saturday the 18th when I do two shows with Audra McDonald! Get your tickets here.