A Valentine's Baby! Laura Benanti Welcomes Daughter Ella Rose
Tony-winning actress Laura Benanti and husband Patrick Brown have welcomed their first child
Here’s something to sing about! Tony-winning actress Laura Benanti and husband Patrick Brown have welcomed their first child, a daughter.
The newborn’s name is Ella Rose Benanti-Brown, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. She was born in New York City, at Mt. Sinai West with the Midwifery of Manhattan, weighing 7 lbs., 12 oz., and measuring 22 inches long.
“Laura gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby girl at 3:21 p.m. this afternoon,” a rep for the actress tells PEOPLE of Ella, who was born on Valentine’s Day — which also happens to be her maternal grandfather Sal’s birthday.
“Baby and mom are doing great!” the rep adds.
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The 37-year-old soprano and her businessman husband Brown married in November 2015 in a ceremony at Harlem’s Riverside Church.
They first shared the news of Benanti’s pregnancy in August, in a tweeted photo that showed them each reading copies of What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
“Doing a little research with @impbrown,” the Supergirl alum wrote. “Coming this winter… #BabyGirlBrown.”
Benanti was busier than ever in her first trimester — leading the Broadway revival of She Loves Me alongside Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski, for which she earned her fifth Tony nomination. She also released a single “I Like Musicals,” with all of the proceeds going to Save the Music, which is committed to keeping music education in schools.
She didn’t calm down much from there on — working hard on a string of concert engagements across the country, including dates during her third trimester at the D.C.’s Kennedy Center in December, and writing her first book of essays: I Stole Your Boyfriend, and Other Monster Acts on My Way to Becoming a Human Woman, out sometime next year.
In the past few weeks, there was a surprise baby shower at Feinstein’s/54 Below and a variety of chores to take part in — including setting up her newborn’s nursery, which she showed off on Instagram.
Now that her daughter is here, Benanti can focus on being a mom — though she won’t have much time off!
She’ll unite with her own mother, Linda Benanti, for a concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below in May — billed as “a musical journey through the special relationship between a mother and daughter.”
Linda is an accomplished actor and singer, with credits on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally. She’s also been a voice teacher with a studio in Kinnelon, New Jersey, for the past 35 years. The Story Goes On will mark her return to the stage.
E! News was first to report the birth.