DIVA TALK: Catching Up With Gypsy Tony Winner Laura Benanti

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10 May 2013

Benanti in Gypsy.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Question: Is there talk of doing Harvey Milk elsewhere?
Benanti: I believe so. I believe this is the premiere and that they want to take it to as many other places as they can, which I’m sure they will.

Question: Do you know when you will hear whether "Go On" has been picked up for another season?
Benanti: Anytime between literally right now and a week from today!

Question: What has that experience been like?
Benanti: Being on the show has been great. It’s been a really fun, different experience for me. I miss New York and I miss theatre, but I feel really grateful to be on a show with such a talented cast and such a wonderful ensemble. It’s been a real education.

Question: In what way would you say?
Benanti: I’ve learned how to become more comfortable in front of the camera. It’s a totally different skill. Acting for camera is really different than acting for stage, and it took me a while to become comfortable in front of the camera. So I feel like I honed that skill, and then I just also learned about the different form of energy. Sometimes we have 16 or 18-hour days, so a lot of your time and energy gets put into waiting around. So how do you best take care of yourself in that scenario? I can’t remember who said it, but they said, “They don’t pay me to act, they pay me to wait.” And, that’s how I feel. It can be tedious at times. It’s not that same rush that you get from live theatre. So it’s been educational learning how to maintain myself in that circumstance.



Question: Have you gotten to see much theatre? Are you back in the city?
Benanti: I am back in the city. I saw Here Lies Love, which I am obsessed with. It’s so good - it’s amazing! I saw The Big Knife, which I loved. But I've yet to see really any other theatre, so I’m excited. I can’t wait to see Matilda and Kinky Boots. There’s lots of stuff I’d love to see.

Question: Do you and your husband ever talk about doing a musical together?
Benanti: We do. We've often talked about it. We want to do Brigadoon, but I think somebody has the rights to it, and they want the two main characters to be dancers, so that definitely counts us out!

Question: And, he’s doing Far From Heaven and Bridges of Madison County?
Benanti: Yes he is, exactly.

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