Replaced as Cinderella by Erin Dilly after she hurt her neck doing a pratfall.
Her father Martin Vidnovic is an actor. As was mother Linda who is now Laura's vocal coach. Stepfather Sal Benanti is a psychologist.
Parents performed in "Oklahoma!" in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma together
Lived in New York until she was three and then moved to New Jersey where she grew up.
Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical): in 2000 for "Swing!" and in 2002 for a revival of "Into the Woods."
She is the 1st cousin of former Minor Threat bassist, Steve Hansgen.
Won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee in the Broadway revival of "Gypsy.".
With Brian Stokes Mitchell, she hosted the "Creative Arts Awards" segment of the 2009 Tony Awards. [June 2009]
Opened on Broadway April 27th, 2006 at the Al Hirschfeld Theater as "Julia Sullivan" in "The Wedding Singer", a musical by Matthew Sklar, Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy. Co-stars with Stephen Lynch. [April 2006]
In 2008, Laura starred in the Broadway revival of "Gypsy" as "Louise", opposite Patti LuPone as "Mama Rose" in which she won the Tony Award.
Can be heard in the role of Jennie Brinker, the hero's money-hungry wife, in the studio cast recording of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Allegro". [February 2009]
Her wedding to Patrick Brown appeared in People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive Issue (November 2015).
She was nominated for a 2002 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for "Into The Woods" on Broadway in New York City.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 37, a daughter named Ella Rose Benanti-Brown on February 14, 2017. Child's father is her husband, Patrick Brown.
Is of Serbian, German, Irish and Native American descent.