The Tony Awards definitely has posed a lot of facets of groundbreaking fashion trends from the likes of Renée Elise Goldsberry and Phillipa Soo ( the ladies of the play “Hamilton”), but this year the light has been passed on to Denée Benton, the 25- year-old star of “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812”.
Benton appeared eight times a week alongside Josh Groban, she played 19th-century Russian aristocrat ( which is her first lead role on Broadway). The musical’s adaptation stems from a 70-page section of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and set to an electric style pop infused opera score.
Breaking through the stage at the theater, dividing actors from audience, director Rachel Chavkin has dramatically recreated the interior of the Imperial Theater into a cabaret-like venue. With that, it gives Benton the ability to level with Groban’s voice but also level with the audience in that many of them sit on the stage while the actors perform.
With the days that followed up to the Tony’s, Benton allowed Vogue to follow her around for a day as she discusses Broadway, rehearsals, and inspiration.
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