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Following the tremendous success of her first solo show, which played sold out venues across the country, stage and television star Laura Benanti released this 2013 debut album 'In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention'. Fusing theatre standards with pop music and original songs, Ms. Benanti's unique blend of humor and vocal nuance delivers on this unforgettable release. This recording captures a performer critics call 'brilliantly funny' with an 'exquisite voice,' and whose mother calls 'very very good,' in an evening that she desperately hopes brings her the right kind of attention.

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This 70 minute long album flies by. It's just so good. It is something fans of Laura Benanti have been waiting for, and it's turned out to be all any fan could possibly want and more. There's something in this concert for everyone... This near-perfect album is sure to get Laura Benanti more than enough of the 'right kind of attention'. --The Cast Album Review

Her new solo album released by Broadway Records, IN CONSTANT SEARCH OF THE RIGHT KIND OF ATTENTION - LIVE AT 54 BELOW, is just that. Cute, sweet, funny and quirky. It's extremely refreshing how representative the record is of her personality. Fans will love how intimate the album is and its live element. Benanti's vocals soar on the record's 24 tracks that include introductions and her commentary on her music and television career. --Broadway World
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 10, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Broadway Records
  • ASIN: B00CRU5YW0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention: Live at 54Below" is one of the longest titles of a recording, yet it's the perfect way to become acquainted with Broadway and television notable, Laura Benanti. The lovely soprano adoringly shows the many faces of her talents in front of the live audience, while warmly and humorously welcoming those listening to the audio to come in and join the fun.

Since beginning her career as Maria in "The Sound of Music" with Richard Chamberlain, Benanti has continued to gain notice for her Broadway work, subsequently starring as Cinderella in "Into the Woods" and as Gypsy Rose Lee in the Patti Lupone-helmed revival of "Gypsy." Her recent appearance in the short-lived "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," earned her a Drama Desk award and a Tony nomination. In recent years, Benanti has made the jump to television, having appeared in "The Playboy Club" and "Go On." Their blips on the small screen made Benanti fodder for a Neil Patrick Harris sendup on this year's Tony Awards about stage actors who have had their television shows canceled.

Benanti appears to be a good sport about her television flops, and her 54Below appearance is a delight, enjoying the singer at her most comfortable level. The one-hour set, under the music direction of Todd Almond, is a wonderful mix of oldies ("On The Street Where You Live," "My Time of Day"), old pop stories (Joni Mitchell, Harry Chapin), and hits from her latest roles ("Unusual Way" from "Nine" and the hysterically funny "Model Behavior" from "Women...").

There is also a well-represented set of original songs, both by the songstress and by Almond.
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To call Ms Benanti eclectic would not be fair. She it truly versatile as the owner of many voices. Which means she can sing folk in a proto-Joan-Baez or Joni Mitchell style, always maintaining her soprano on top and its many colors throughout. That makes her a spectacular singer. If you add her humor and wit, we are in the presence of a truly first class performer.
This is an very entertaining hour-plus CD, ending on a true tour-de-force from 'Women at the verge...". Along the way we get to know her, thanks to her very articulate humor and witty take on her life and those few kids who were born loving specials songs and the theater and cannot find someone to share it with!
By the end of the CD I was smiling all over, but just a tad disappointment. I truly would have liked more musical theater songs. Given her mention of Sondheim, why not one of his? So in a personal way, and musically, the CD did not leave a memorable impression, with exceptions.
The other problem was the piano. Perhaps 54Below should secure a first call one? Not one that is noticeably clanky. For some personal reason, it bothered me and took my attention away from the singer.
Caveats aside, it does not diminish my admiration for Laura Benanti.
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Laura Benanti is a rare talent of our generation, and not only does she have an unparalleled singing voice, but she is also incredibly funny. The album runs the gamut from Broadway hits to pop, standard, and folk covers to a few songs Laura wrote herself. It also features dialogue / storytelling from her performance, showcasing her sense of humor and quick wit.

Wish I could have seen the show in person, but I imagine this is the next best thing.
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The song "Mr. Tanner" and it's introduction were wonderful, but Ms. Benanti is pretty uneven on the rest of the selections. If I had to do it again I would probably only buy Mr. Tanner - Harry Chapin was great!
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Laura is amazing in this album. I was very glad that I purchased this .mp3 download. I love the Life at 54 Below series, and I think this one is another great addition that really lets you see inside one of Broadway's most talented leading ladies.
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Laura Benanti is a marvelously versatile performer, and this recording is a perfect example of that. The songs are remarkably diverse, ranging from the hauntingly beautiful "Unusual Way" to the bawdy "Model Behavior." The live performance mixes in entertaining banter between songs including tales from her childhood as well as Broadway stories, all of which highlight her comedic gift. Combining all of this into one recording creates an album you will enjoy listening to time and time again.
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I thoroughly enjoy the 54 Below series; this is my third purchase in the series. Laura Benanti has a beautiful voice and is engaging; it makes me wish I was their for this live performance!

If you enjoy true cabaret, I highly recommend this series and this artist!
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Laura Benanti is a phenomenal actress and singer, and she proves herself with every track of this album. She is so engaging that you almost forget you're not there with her. I would highly recommend this album to anyone and everyone!
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