Laura Benanti's Comedy Show 'Nobody Cares' Returns to Minetta Lane Theater

Tony Award-winning actress Laura Benanti brings her comedy show "Nobody Cares" back to NYC's Minetta Lane Theater for 18 performances from May 12 to June 2, 2024. The show, which premiered to sold-out audiences in February, will also be released as an original audio production on Audible on May 9.

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Laura Benanti's Comedy Show 'Nobody Cares' Returns to Minetta Lane Theater

Laura Benanti's Comedy Show 'Nobody Cares' Returns to Minetta Lane Theater

Tony Award-winning actress Laura Benanti is bringing her acclaimed comedy show "Nobody Cares" back to the Minetta Lane Theater in New York City for a limited engagement. The show, which premiered to sold-out audiences in February, will return for 18 performances only, running from May 12 to June 2, 2024.

"Nobody Cares" is a deeply personal and self-deprecating account of Benanti's life and career, featuring hilarious stories about her three marriages, two young daughters, and experiences as a Broadway performer. Benanti, who wrote the script herself, takes on the roles of both writer and musician, collaborating with music director Todd Almond on original songs for the show.

The 90-minute comedy breaks the mold of Benanti's ingenue persona, exploring topics such as adulthood and motherhood with her signature quick wit and impeccable comic timing. Benanti makes herself the butt of the joke throughout, personified by her "Inner Demons" portrayed by back-up singers Barrie Lobo McLain and Chelsea Lee Williams, who respond to her statements with "Nobody cares!"

In an interview with Playbill, Benanti shared her excitement about presenting a more intimate side of herself. "Getting to be a 44-year-old woman, I am now in a space where I just care a lot less about what people think of me, and I think that is a nice message to send to other women who are currently experiencing that," she said. "Also, young women, who are still in that prescriptive place of, 'You've got to be a nice girl, and you've got to make people happy, and you have to smile,' because you don't."

"Nobody Cares" has already garnered critical acclaim during its initial sold-out run in February. Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review praised Benanti's ability to "work the room and the stage" in the live performance, giving the show 4 out of 5 stars. Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter described the show as "hilarious" and lauded Benanti's "giddy abandon" and "killer comic timing."

In addition to the live performances at the Minetta Lane Theater, "Nobody Cares" will also be released globally as an original audio production on Audible on May 9. The show was recorded live during the February performances.

The return of "Nobody Cares" marks another milestone in Benanti's illustrious career, which includes a Tony Award for her featured role in "Gypsy" and five total Tony nominations. Benanti has also made a name for herself on television, with memorable turns on shows like "Younger," "Supergirl," and "Nashville."

With its mix of music, comedy, and raw personal storytelling, "Nobody Cares" offers a rare glimpse into the life of one of Broadway's most beloved stars. Benanti's willingness to bare her soul on stage, combined with her undeniable talent and charisma, makes for an unforgettable theatrical experience that is sure to resonate with audiences. As Benanti herself puts it, the show is "a love letter to ingenues, and recovering ingenues, and moms, and anybody working on themselves."

Key Takeaways

  • Tony Award-winning actress Laura Benanti brings back her comedy show "Nobody Cares" to NYC's Minetta Lane Theater for 18 performances.
  • The show is a personal and self-deprecating account of Benanti's life, featuring stories about her marriages, daughters, and Broadway career.
  • The 90-minute comedy breaks Benanti's ingenue persona, exploring adulthood and motherhood with quick wit and comic timing.
  • "Nobody Cares" will also be released as an original audio production on Audible on May 9, recorded live during the February performances.
  • The show has garnered critical acclaim, praised for Benanti's "giddy abandon" and "killer comic timing" in the live performance.