For Broadway star Laura Benanti, the 2016 Tony Awards is
hardly her first time at the ceremony. “It’s my fifth rodeo,” the actress, who
first won a statuette for the 2008 revival of Gypsy, jokingly tells ET ahead of
this year’s event where she’s nominated for “playing Meg Ryan” in the revival
of She Loves Me
, which is based on the same source material as Ryan’s 1998
film, You’ve Got Mail
. “It feels exciting. This is my first nomination
in a leading actress category.”
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The musical’s limited engagement, which closes July 10, sees
Benanti taking the lead and giving new life to the show’s most popular number,
“Vanilla Ice Cream
,” as Amalia Balash, a shop clerk who has a secret pen pal,
among a star-studded cast, including fellow nominees Zachary Levi and Jane
Krakowski. Levi plays Amalia’s unbeknownst pen pal and co-worker, Georg Nowack.