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Julie Benko

Julie Benko is an actress, singer, and writer based in New York City. She has performed on Broadway, national tours, and in regional theaters across the country. Her debut album, Introducing Julie Benko, was released on October 20, 2017. Her next recording, “Hand in Hand,” a duo effort with jazz pianist (and her spouse) Jason Yeager, will be released summer 2022 on Club44 Records.

Career highlights include performing in Broadway revivals/national tours of Funny Girl, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, and Spring Awakening, as well as off-Broadway and regional productions of Once (Wilde Award, Best Actress in a Musical), The Fantasticks (nomination, Best Actress in a Musical, BroadwayWorld Award), Rags (nomination, Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Theatre Bay Area Awards, SF Critics Circle Awards), Goldstein, Bar Mitzvah Boy, Our Town, The Golem of Havana, and more. A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts BFA and MFA programs, she is constantly involved in developmental readings and workshops of new works at venues throughout New York City.

In addition to lending her voice to the 85th Academy Awards and the 70th Tony Awards ceremonies, Julie took home the Gold Medal and the Johnny Mercer Award in the national American Traditions Vocal Competition in 2017. In 2021, she was named a finalist alternate in the international Lotte Lenya Competition.

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”Brimming with a fresh creativity and youthful vitality, Introducing Julie Benko indeed introduces us to something... and someone special.” -All About Jazz

“Julie Benko has a sweet gypsy flair to her voice, and uses it well on this flexible release which features her own material and some clever covers... She’s got a nimble delivery with lyrics... disarmingly intimate and... cozy by the fireplace. Creative and swinging.” -Jazz Weekly

​”11 standout performances on her recently released debut... The album contains several surprising turns, not the least of which is Benko's gifted songwriting on three originals.” - New York City Jazz Record

“The thing about early Streisand that shot a twenty something to the stratosphere of song stylists in the '60's was her extraordinary skill in “acting” a song..

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