In life, few people get to live out their dreams just as they have imagined. However, Central Florida’s own Denèe Benton is one such fortunate individual. Her career has taken an incredible trajectory rather quickly. At just 24 years old, Benton is starring on Broadway in her debut as Natasha in the new musical “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812” opposite multi-platinum singer, Josh Groban, who is also making his Broadway debut. What’s more, this past summer she could be seen playing the social activist, Ruby, in season two of the hit Lifetime television series UnREAL.
In 2014, Benton’s professional career took off a semester before graduating at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA., when she landed the role as Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon U.S. national tour and London’s West End. Shortly afterward, she was cast as Natasha in the regional production of The Great Comet during its successful run at the American Repertory Theatre in Boston.
To read the full article, pick up a copy of the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of ONYX.