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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES LAURA BENANTI Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at 8 p.m.

July 10, 2013
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The Broadway and television sensation and Tony Award-winning actress performs

at the eighth annual ARTS by George! benefit event

 

FAIRFAX, Va., July 10, 2013 – Hailed as “one of the most beautiful voices in musical theater,” by The New York Times, Tony Award-winning actress Laura Benanti takes the stage at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at 8 p.m. This Broadway and television star presents an extraordinary evening filled with emotional ballads and sensational showstoppers, with musical direction and arrangements by Todd Almond. Benanti’s dazzling soprano voice and mesmerizing stage presence skyrocketed her to fame at the young age of 18, and she continues to enchant audiences from both stage and screen. Benanti combines her unprecedented singing chops with her natural knack for comedy, to bring forth a show that is equally enchanting as it is hilarious. This performance is a part of the eighth annual ARTS by George! benefit event held by George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

            Laura Benanti first took the theater world by storm when she debuted on Broadway as nun-turned-governess Maria von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” opposite Richard Chamberlain, a role that launched her multifaceted stage, television and film career. She has since won critical acclaim and numerous accolades for her starring roles in such Broadway productions as “Into the Woods,” “Nine,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “The Vibrator Play” and “Swing!” Benanti has also appeared in other distinguished theater performances, including “The Winter’s Tale” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Mass.; “A Little Night Music” at the Los Angeles Opera; and in the New York City Center’s “Encores!” production of “A Wonderful Town.”

            In 2008, Benanti earned the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her extraordinary performance of Gypsy Rose Lee in the revival of “Gypsy,” opposite Patti LuPone as Mama Rose and directed by Arthur Laurents. The New York Times’ Ben Brantley called Benanti’s portrayal of the wallflower-turned-striptease artist the “performance of her career,” and said that her “transformation of the waifish Louise into the vulpine Gypsy Rose Lee is completely convincing.” Benanti was the first actress to win a Tony Award for the role.

            Benanti recently starred as a group grief counselor on NBC’s sitcom, “Go On,” opposite Matthew Perry. Before that she starred on NBC’s “The Playboy Club,” and also had recurring roles on Showtime’s “The Big C” and NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.” Benanti has also appeared in the films “Take the Lead” and “Meskada.”

Tickets to Laura Benanti’s performance can be purchased for $40, $55 and $70 starting on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, or as part of ARTS by George! for $200. For more information or tickets to the ARTS by George! benefit event, please visit artsbygeorge.gmu.edu or contact Deborah Páez Hoesly at dpaez@gmu.edu or (703) 993-4188.

Tickets for LAURA BENANTI are $70, $55 and $40. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.

 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.

 

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