"Road to the Tony Awards” Spotlight
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Nominee: Denee Benton ("Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”) ____________
Hometown: Winter Park, Florida
Training: Carnegie Mellon University
Big Break: Having skip her Carnegie Mellon BFA Senior Showcase, she played Nabulungi in the West End and US Tour of “The Book of Mormon” (2014). She also played Ruby Carter in “UnREAL” (2016). This is her Broadway debut.
Fun Fact: Attending a highly academic high school, it wasn’t until the summer before her senior year that she decided that she wanted to go to college to study acting. She made a PowerPoint presentation with a full cost/benefit analysis to convince her parents that it was a good idea.