Martin Vidnovic

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Martin Vidnovic (born January 4, 1948) is an American actor and singer.


Born in Falls Church, Virginia, Vidnovic graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music (part of the University of Cincinnati) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.[1]

Vidnovic made his Broadway debut in the ill-fated Home Sweet Homer (1976) which, following a one-year tour, closed on opening night. [2] He fared better with his next three projects, revivals of The King and I (1977), Oklahoma! (1979),[3] and Brigadoon (1980).[4] Vidnovic's performance in Baby (1983) won him the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. Additional Broadway credits include Guys and Dolls (1992), A Grand Night for Singing (1993), and King David (1997).[5]

He was cast in the 1998 stage adaptation of Footloose but was replaced during previews.

Off-Broadway, Vidnovic was cast as El Gallo late in the run of the original production of The Fantasticks[6] and appeared in the 2006 revival as Bellomy.[7] Additional off-Broadway credits include Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin (1985), Olympus on My Mind (1986), [8]and the 2003 Jerry Herman revue Showtune.[9]


Vidnovic was briefly married to voice teacher Linda Wonneberger in the late 1970s, and the couple have a daughter, the actress Laura Benanti.[10][11][12][1]

Vidnovic is also the uncle of former Minor Threat bassist Steve Hansgen.

Additional nominations[edit]

  • 1981 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Brigadoon)
  • 1981 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Brigadoon)
  • 1980 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Oklahoma!)


  1. ^ a b Lovendusky, Eugene. "Martin Vidnovic: What Matters to Him", July 15, 2007
  2. ^ "'Home Sweet Homer' LIsting", accessed March 29, 2016
  3. ^ "'Oklahoma' Listing", accessed March 29, 2016
  4. ^ "'Brigadoon Broadway" Playbill (vault), accessed March 29, 2016
  5. ^ "Vidnovic Broadway" Playbill (vault), accessed March 29, 2016
  6. ^ "'The Fantasticks' Listing", accessed March 29, 2016
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Burmester, Dixon and Vidnovic to Star in Fantasticks Revival" Playbill, June 28, 2006
  8. ^ "'Olympus on My Mind' Listing", accessed March 29, 2016
  9. ^ Finkle, David. "Review", February 28, 2003
  10. ^ McGee, Celia. "Sing Out, Laura. It’s Your Turn." The New York Times, March 23, 2008
  11. ^ Sokol, Robert. "Cabaret singer Laura Benanti has Broadway in her blood", May 8, 012
  12. ^ Lefkowitz, David. "PLAYBILL ON-LINE'S BRIEF ENCOUNTER with Laura Benanti" Playbill, May 11, 1999

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