Laura Benanti talks ‘She Loves Me’ Broadway Revival Critics and Listening to the Audiences

By James Knight on Mar 23, 2016 04:51 PM EDT

The revival of She Loves Me back on on Broadway and it looks like it is a hit, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to many considering the wealth of talent in the cast and source material. However, Tony winner Laura Benanti isn’t interested in what the critics have to say about the show. Recently, Benanti opened up about how she listens to the audience and not the reviews.

Recently, Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi appeared on NBC’s Today Show where she opened up about why she doesn’t read the reviews (via

“If they’re bad, you have to go out and be like ‘I’m terrible!’ If they’re great, then you’re like ‘What’s that thing that made me great?’ It just makes you self-conscious.”

Recently, Laura Benanti spoke to Variety about how theatre gives performers the chance listen to the auidance:

“TV utilizes a different part of your brain and a different part of your craft, so it did make me become a better actor onstage. It’s so about being real. Sometimes with theater, and in particular musical theater, you can get a tiny bit presentational, because when you hear the audience laugh you can be like, ‘Ooh, I’m gonna do it even biggah next time!’ TV sort of grounds you in the truth, because you don’t have immediate feedback. You’re more living in the present moment.”

She Loves Me is currently playing at the Roundabout’s Studio 54, located 254 West 54th St. For ticket information please visit or call (212) 719-1300.

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