Tony Award winner Laura Benanti has joined the cast of Nashville. The TV show which is now in its third season will have Benanti’s character befriend Rayna played by Connie Britton. She will play Sadie Stone a fast-rising country singer, and appear in seven of the episodes for season three. Benanti previously received a Tony Award for her interpretation of Louise in musical stage play Gypsy. Speaking about her role in Nashville, Benanti said “anyone who knows me knows this is my favourite thing that could possibly ever happen to me“. The show, which also stars Hayden Panettiere in a leading role, will air on ABC on the 24th of September 2014.