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Julie Benko is currently marching her band out on Broadway as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl every Thursday. For her performance as Fanny, she was named the 2022 Breakout Star for Theater in the New York Times, honored as one of 40 Under 40 for Crain's New York Business, hailed by CBS Mornings as "Broadway's breakout star," and received Theatre World's Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theatre. Her recent album Hand in Hand (Club44 Records) won the BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award for Best Commercial Album and received a MAC Award nomination for Best Major Album. You can hear it wherever music is streaming and catch her debut jazz album Introducing Julie Benko on Spotify here!
She has played leading roles in many off-Broadway and regional productions and enjoys a vibrant concert career, having headlined sold-out shows at Birdland, 54 Below, and many other prestigious venues around the country. She has also performed as a guest soloist with numerous symphonies. She won first prize and the Johnny Mercer Award in the national American Traditions Vocal Competition and holds a BFA in Drama and an MFA in Acting (yes, both) from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Julie is also a writer. In 2020, Julie wrote, directed, and starred in her first short, "The Newlywed's Guide to Physical Intimacy," a heartwarming comedy which follows a Hasidic Jewish couple on their wedding night. The film has since won praise in numerous international festivals. Her first full-length play, "The District," set in New Orleans' legal red light district prior to World War I, was named a semifinalist at the 2022 Eugene O'Neil National Playwrights Conference.
She can often be found making music with her jazz-pianist spouse Jason Yeager, picking up Yiddish on DuoLingo, or snuggling with her rescue cat, Thelonious Monk (aka Monkey). Incredibly, Julie has never even had one audition for any version of Law and Order.
To keep up with Julie, follow her on Instagram/TikTok @JujujulieBee, or check the UPCOMING page to catch her wherever she may be performing next!
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