Laura Benanti is redefining the ABCs with a bit of adult humor.
In the upcoming M is for MAMA (and also Merlot): A Modern Mom’s ABCs, the Tony Award-winning actress and her friend and fellow performer Kate Mangiameli provide comic relief for moms in the form of a board book that runs through the alphabet.
Benanti, 40, tells PEOPLE that she and Mangiameli, a singer at the Metropolitan Opera, set out to create something that resists the “mom judgment” so many mothers face. One spread in the book reads, “E is for Everyone and all of their advice, F is for F ’em. Even better … F ’em twice!”
“We really wanted something that is for moms, something that’s comedic, that’s easily digestible that you can read on the toilet, which is usually the only time you have to yourself, if you’re lucky,” jokes Benanti, who is well known for her impressions of Melania Trump. “We thought it would be really funny to do a board book because board books are what moms read to their children.”
“We began the process thinking we would write as a baby’s voice, but soon after realized we wanted it to be …read more