Sean Martinfield Arts Contributor
Bay Area Cabaret closes its 2011-2012 season with Tony Award winning actress/singer Laura Benanti at the Venetian Room, Saturday, May 12th at 8:00 pm. Also her San Francisco cabaret debut, Benanti’s show showcases her wide musical and comedic repertoire. Opening the evening and making his Bay Area Cabaret debut is the 2011 Bay Area Teen Idol winner Robert Conte Thornton. Click here to order tickets on-line:Bay Area Cabaret
Called “glorious” by the New York Times and “exquisite” by the New York Daily News, Benanti’s performance showcases her extensive repertoire, swinging from Sondheim and other Broadway standards to Bob Dylan and Vanilla Ice (among others). In 2008, Benanti took the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her role as “Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee” in the Broadway revival of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone as “Mama Rose.” Other Broadway credits include Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Tony and Drama League nominations), Into The Woods (Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and LA Ovation nominations), Nine (opposite Antonio Banderas, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League nominations) and Swing! (Tony nomination). Ms. Benanti has appeared in film, TV, and numerous concerts around the country. Bay Area fans saw her last summer in an all-Gershwin concert with the San Francisco Symphony. She recently appeared and received rave reviews for her recent performances at Feinstein’s and Lincoln Center in New York. She is next set to star in the NBC TV pilot Go On, opposite Matthew Perry.