PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Laura Benanti Picks Songs (and Scenarios) to Ring in the New Year | Playbill

Playlist PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Laura Benanti Picks Songs (and Scenarios) to Ring in the New Year Tony Award-winning actress Laura Benanti will ring in the New Year at the intimate Manhattan nightspot 54 Below. In anticipation of her show, she shares her New Year's Eve playlist as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.
Laura Benanti
Laura Benanti

As previously announced, the festivities at 54 Below begin at 7 PM Dec. 31 with Tony nominee Charles Busch. At 11 PM Tony winner Benanti, seen on Broadway in Gypsy, Into the Woods, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and more, offers a brand-new show with music director Todd Almond.

The actress recently returned home for the holidays to rediscover her childhood roots. Watch as she searches for her beloved stuffed animal, puts on her favorite pajamas and causes her mother distress.

Tickets at 54 Below range from $285-$380 and include cover charge, a four-course dinner, a champagne toast, tax and gratuity. Click here for more information.

"What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" (Ella Fitzgerald). …So you can sit and listen to it all alone in your apartment and be like, "This, Ella Fitzgerald. This is what I'm doing."

"Who Knows Where The Time Goes" (Sandy Denny). I like to sing this to small children and be like, "YOU know what I mean. Time flies, right?"

"Kiss Me at Midnight" (*N Sync). I like to sing it to my pillow.

"Auld Lang Syne." …Cause, I like to sing songs that I don't understand.

"I Gotta Feeling" (The Black Eyed Peas). …Cause who doesn't wanna hear Fergie sing, "Mazel Tov" in her sexiest voice?

"Happy New Year" (Judy Garland). She is Queen.

"Happy New Year" (ABBA). Couldn't be more different than Judy. I love a synth and a yodel.

"Sleigh Ride" (TLC). …BECAUSE I AM A PRODUCT OF THE 90s.

"My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)" (Peggy Lee). …In case you didn't cry enough during "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"

"New Year's Prayer" (Jeff Buckley). There will never be another artist like Jeff Buckley. This is the perfect song to listen to right before you fall asleep at 10:30 PM on New Year's Eve.

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