Laura Benanti Likes Musicals

Laura Benanti

Performer Laura Benanti in I Can’t… I Have Rehearsal, an NJTV production.

Like musicals? So does Tony-winner and TV star Laura Benanti. The Jersey girl got her start as a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award winner for her portrayal of Dolly Levi in Kinnelon High School’s production of Hello Dolly! While we didn’t know Laura in high school, she paints a pretty great picture of what being a theatre kid meant to her in “I Like Musicals” (a song featured in I Can’t… I Have Rehearsal.) We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Listen to “I Like Musicals”

“It’s 1994. I am a freshman in high school. I have acne, braces, and frizzy hair. I am NOT cool. Not even remotely. I listen to Pearl Jam and Alanis Morissette on a bright yellow Sony Discman that skips every time I move a muscle. But mostly, I use that Discman to listen to musicals. Lots and lots of musicals. This is a song for anyone who has ever felt uncool, weird, left out or misunderstood. So…this is a song for everyone. Please feel free to substitute the word ‘musicals’ for whatever it is that makes you feel different or other.”