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Just standing next to Zoe Caldwell made me a better actress, ... He said some amazing things that I will keep with me for the rest of my life.

(For the November 2004 National AIDS benefit performance of Pippin , she played Catherine, opposite Michael Arden () who was fantastic ... I couldn`t believe that Ben Vereen remembered me by name: `Hi, Laura!`...`Hi, Ben Vereen!`

I hate to sound like a Pollyanna, ... but in a way (the ordeal) was kind of a blessing. It puts things in perspective. You learn who your friends are; you realize the importance of family. I was 18 when I did Sound of Music . My life started to get very linear; I started to get tunnel vision. (The injury) opened my eyes as to how I wanted to be as a human being.

(Also a songwriter (and guitarist), she`s working on a solo CD.) It`s kind of up in the air, ... I`m having a hard time; I want to make it special. Musical theatre is my first love. My writing is sort of folk-rock. I get compared to Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell though I`m not nearly as talented as either. Neither a straight-pop album nor a musical-theatre album seems the way to go. I want to take my music and orchestrate it in a kind of old fashioned style, and take some standards and `popularize` them do a true crossover. I`m working on it.

(Of Yugoslavian-German-Irish-Native American heritage, she was raised in Kinnelon, NJ, the daughter of Dr. Salvatore Benanti, a psychotherapist, and the former Linda Wonneberger, who`s Laura`s vocal coach. Younger sister Mariel is a sophomore (and psych major) at Philadelphia`s St. Joseph`s University.) I love her! ... She`s wonderful, so bright, and so athletic the most generous person. I constantly try to be more like her.

(Also a songwriter (and guitarist), she`s working on a solo CD.) It`s kind of up in the air, ... I`m having a hard time; I want to make it special. Musical theatre is my first love. My writing is sort of folk-rock. I get compared to Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell '” though I`m not nearly as talented as either. Neither a straight-pop album nor a musical-theatre album seems the way to go. I want to take my music and orchestrate it in a kind of old fashioned style, and take some standards and `popularize` them '” do a true crossover. I`m working on it.

(Since he`s in the business, Chris Barron fortunately understands the demands of his wife`s career.) Even though he sings rock and roll, ... he loves musical theatre maybe even more than I do. He loves Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein. . .

It`s a difficult subject matter, especially for a comedy. It`s not everyone`s cup of tea. People magazine gave it four stars; the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times hated it. We had eight days (to do each of the seven half-hour episodes), and it was filmed out of sequence. I`m proud of my work in it; I felt like I did a pretty good job. The reviews for me have been nice. I loved working with Sterling Brown and Del Pentecost. It was a great learning experience.

Food is the most basic forum for discussing things like love and the absence of love; how we hurt ourselves and how we heal ourselves.

(Since he`s in the business, Chris Barron fortunately understands the demands of his wife`s career.) Even though he sings rock and roll, ... he loves musical theatre '” maybe even more than I do. He loves Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein. . .


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