Tony winner Laura Benanti has a lot to sing about with a new marriage to husband Patrick Brown, a role on TV’s Supergirl and a Melania Trump impression on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that still has people talking.
But on Thursday, the 37-year-old soprano revealed some news worthy of a standing ovation: She’s pregnant with a baby girl!
It’ll be the first child for both Benanti and her businessman husband Brown, who married in November 2015 in a ceremony at Harlem’s Riverside Church. The baby is due this winter.
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The happy couple shared the news on Twitter, in a photo that showed them each reading copies of What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
“Doing a little research with @impbrown,” she wrote. “Coming this winter… #BabyGirlBrown.”
The joyful news comes almost a year after the Nashville alum penned an op-ed for The Huffington Post about her miscarriage. Despite being a common occurrence for women, Benanti called the tragedy “the Voldemort of women’s health issues,” because it often goes unspoken about.
“The ‘M’ that must not be named,” she explained.
In the piece, she describes the feeling of learning she and Brown were expecting for the first time.
“The day I found out I was pregnant was the happiest day of my life,” she wrote. “I had wanted to be a mom for a long time, and at 36 it was finally happening. When my fiancé, Patrick, and I first saw and heard our little peanut’s heartbeat, a wave of love washed over me that I had not known was possible.”
“I felt like I was experiencing a miracle,” she continued. “I went home after our doctor’s appointment with the sweet rhythm of that heartbeat on a magical loop in my mind.”
Benanti was most recently seen in the 2016 revival of Roundabout Theatre Company’s She Loves Me, for which she earned her fifth Tony nomination. Her single “I Like Musicals” is out now, with all of the proceeds going to Save the Music, which is committed to keeping music education in schools.
— Dave Quinn