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Melissa Benoist and Jeremy Jordan And A Line-Up Of Stars Celebrate Supergirl Alum, She Loves Me Laura Benanti

Melissa Benoist and Jeremy Jordan And A Line-Up Of Stars Celebrate Supergirl Alum, She Loves Me Laura Benanti
Laura Benanti

Laura Benanti PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

Last night, Melissa Benoist and Jeremy Jordan joined a line-up of stars at Feinstein’s/54 Below to celebrate “Supergirl” alum, Tony Award-winner, Laura Benanti. Benanti is currently headlining the Broadway revival of She Loves Me at Studio 54—directly upstairs from Feinstein’s/54 Below—a show for which she’s earned her fifth Tony Award nomination.

Georgia Stitt, Laura Benanti

Georgia Stitt, Laura Benanti PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

Titled “We Love Her,” the performance was produced and hosted by CenterOnTheAisle.com’s Steve Schonberg as a celebration of Benanti’s incredible career since her Broadway debut nearly 20 years. The occasion was also a vehicle to present Benanti with the 2nd annual Center On The Aisle “Our Leading Lady” Award, which was awarded to Kelli O’Hara in 2015.

Steve Schonberg, Laura Benanti

Steve Schonberg, Laura Benanti PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

The show featured songs performed by Benanti on Broadway and TV, with Jeremy Jordan offering a soulful rendition of “Cry Me a River” (Swing) and Melissa Benoist joining Laura in a duet of “Gasoline & Matches” (ABC’s Nashville). Benanti also treated the audience to “Vanilla Ice Cream” from She Loves Me, and performed a touching duet with her mother, vocal coach Linda Benanti (“Children Will Listen,” from Into the Woods).

Todd Haimes

Todd Haimes PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

“Thank you so much for this beautiful award, and thank you to my friends and family for your heartfelt sentiment and singing,” Benanti told the audience after accepting the “Our Leading Lady” award, which she was selected to receive by writers at Center On The Aisle. “I love Broadway so much, and I have since I was a very little girl. This is a dream come true and I’m really grateful.”

Laura Bennati, Steve Schonberg

Laura Bennati, Host Steve Schonberg PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

In addition to the duet with her mother, and songs led by the starry line-up, “We Love Her” included solos by Laura’s husband, Patrick Brown (“Something Good”) and by her father, Broadway veteran, Marty Vidnovic (“Laura”). The evening was music directed by composer and lyricist, Georgia Stitt.

 Guests featured in the show included:

·    Laura Benanti (She Loves Me, “Supergirl”, “Nashville”)

Melissa Benoist

Melissa Benoist PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

·    Melissa Benoist (“Supergirl”, “Glee”)

Jeremy Jordan

Jeremy Jordan
PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

Jeremy Jordan

Jeremy Jordan
PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

Jeremy Jordan, Laura Bennati

Jeremy Jordan, Laura Bennati PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

Jeremy Jordan, Laura Bennati

Jeremy Jordan, Laura Bennati PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

·    Jeremy Jordan (NewsiesSupergirl”, “The Last Five Years”)

Michael Urie

Michael Urie PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

Michael Urie

PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

·    Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar, “Ugly Betty”, “Cocktails & Classics”)

Michael Arden

Michael Arden PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

·    Michael Arden (Spring Awakening, “Anger Management”)

·    Todd Haimes (Artistic Director, Roundabout Theatre Company)

 Molly Ephraim

Molly Ephraim PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

·    Molly Ephraim (Into the Woods, “Last Man Standing”)

Alexandra Silber

Alexandra Silber PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

·    ­­Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the Roof)

Julia Murney

Julia Murney PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

Julia Murney, Laura Bennati PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

Julia Murney, Laura Bennati PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

·    Julia Murney (WickedThe Wild Party)

Eric Anderson, Jessica Rush

Eric Anderson, Jessica Rush PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

·    Eric Anderson (WaitressSoul Doctor)

 Jessica Rush

Jessica Rush PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

·    Jessica Rush (GypsyJersey Boys)

·    Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women on the Verge…, “The Ensemblist”)

Kathy Searle

Kathy Searle PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

·    Kathy Searle (“Baby Mama”)

·    The Skivvies

·    Todd Almond

·    Sarah Saltzberg (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)

Kelly Hutchinson, Chelsea Nachman, Sarah Saltzberg

Kelly Hutchinson, Chelsea Nachman, Sarah Saltzberg PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

·    Kelly Hutchinson (The Master Builder, “The Good Wife”)

·    Chelsea Nachman

Linda Bennati, Laura Bennati

Linda Bennati and daughter PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

·    Family: Linda Benanti (mother), Patrick Brown (husband), Marty Vidnovic (father), Sal Benanti (dad)

 Marty Vidnovic

Marty Vidnovic her father PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

Patrick Brown, Laura Bennati

husband and wife PHOTOS (CREDIT, JERRITT CLARK)

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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