Kirsten was last seen as the baker's wife in Performance Riverside's critically acclaimed production of Into the Woods. Prior to that, she honed her baking skills as the title role…
About Stan Chandler & Kirsten Benton
Kirsten was last seen as the baker's wife in Performance Riverside's critically acclaimed production of Into the Woods. Prior to that, she honed her baking skills as the title role in The Baker's Wife at Pasadena Playhouse. Kirsten frightened small children as Magenta in Richard O'Briens Rocky Horror Show at the Tiffany Theatre starring David Arquette, and she won the L.A. Drama Critic's Circle Award for her efforts. Other recent shows include the Robby Award-winning Lies & Legends - The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin at the Rubicon Theatre, the World Premiere of Stephen Schwartz's new musical Snapshots, the West Coast Premiere of Inside Out at Laguna Playhouse, the title role in the award-winning Lulu at Hollywood Moguls Theatre, the National Tour of Lunch, and many regional productions of Little Shop of Horrors.
When she isn't onstage, Kirsten provides the singing voice of Pocahontas for Disney's World on Ice, radio, and television, and she can be heard as Princess Daria in the soon-to-be-released animated feature, Princess and the Pea. Kirsten performs with award-winning songwriter Babbie Green on her recently released CD Soldiers of the Heart.
Southern California audiences have seen Stan in a wide variety of roles, from the earnest Baker in Performance Riverside's Into the Woods, to the regal Duke of Windsor in the Pasadena Playhouse premiere of Only a Kingdom, from the ill-fated Tony in South Bay's Ovation award-winning production of West Side Story, to the outrageously pompous Captain Paul Fontaine in San Gabriel's Desert Song. Stan made his Broadway debut singing "Tomorrow Belongs To Me" in the Hal Prince revival of Cabaret, starring Joel Grey. But he is perhaps best known for creating the nose-bleeding, "Cry"-belting role of Jinx in the Off-Broadway smash hit Forever Plaid.
You can listen to Stan and the Plaids on the Original Soundtrack Recording of Forever Plaid (BMG/RCA), Unsung Sondheim (Varese Sarabande), The Busby Berkeley Album (Angel), and on Girl Crazy (Elektra/Nonesuch). With the Plaids, he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, E! TV and for Her Majesty the Queen on The Royal Variety Show (BBC).
Television viewers may remember Stan from his non-singing roles on The Young and the Restless (CBS), Married ...With Children (FOX), Dark Justice (CBS) and Elvis and the Colonel (NBC). He is a graduate of the College/ Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and spent several years on the faculty of the National Theatre Conservatory, a Masters Degree professional actor training program at the Tony Award - winning Denver Center Theater Company.