Laura Benanti Sings From Beauty and the Beast in Her Melania Swan Song

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The Tony winner performed a parody of “Belle” in the middle of Times Square.

Melania Trump is looking forward to returning to “the Huge Apple,” as she likes to call it—or rather, as Laura Benanti’s impression of the FLOTUS calls it. But is NYC ready to welcome her back? Signs point to no in this parody of “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast above (skip to 3:50 for Benanti’s entrance) that was seen on the January 18 broadcast of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

In what may be the final performance of Benanti as Melania Trump, the late-night program poked fun at the First Lady, suggesting an inability to comprehend the disdain her hometown has developed for her over the years. No bad deed goes unmentioned from her involvement with ICE detainment with children of families seeking asylum to the alleged complicity of her involvement in the January 6 Capitol Building attack.

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The Tony winner has frequently portrayed Melania on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, adopting a faux Eastern European accent and a sense of bewilderment regarding her low popularity. Benanti isn’t the only one who toyed with impressions of FLOTUS—in 2019, the star was joined by Christine Baranski around the time of the body-double conspiracy theory.

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                Laura Benanti and Richard Chamberlain in <i>The Sound of Music</i></p>
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Richard Chamberlain and Laura Benanti in The Sound of Music


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                Laura Benanti in <i>The Sound of Music</i></p>
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Laura Benanti in Into the Woods


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                Stephen Lynch and Laura Benanti in <i>The Wedding Singer</i></p>
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Laura Benanti in The Wedding Singer

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                Laura Benanti in <i>The Wedding Singer</i></p>
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<p>    <img alt=Gypsy” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/a73c94b/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fdf%2F68%2Fec882bfb4ecf96858f4fdd41e148%2Fgypsybway230.jpg” data-url=”9″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>


Boyd Gaines, Laura Benanti, and Patti LuPone in Gypsy

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                Laura Benanti in <i>Gypsy</i></p>
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Laura Benanti in Gypsy

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