Kelli O'Hara
Kelli O'Hara
Kelli O'Hara is an American stage actress, singer, and songwriter. O'Hara has appeared on Broadway and Off-Broadway in many musicals and has been nominated for four Tony Awards.
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BroadwayCon Returns Bigger and Better Than Ever
Huffington Post - 29 days
By Megan Wrappe, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, January 26, 2017 Last year, over 5,000 Broadway fans crowded into the Hilton Midtown Hotel for Broadway's answer to Comic Con. There were autograph signings, sing-along's, and talks given by seasoned Broadway veterans. And on January 27-29, 2017 it's happening again. BroadwayCon 2017, now in its second year of operation, has taken a huge step forward, as evidenced in the change of venues to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center at 495 11th Avenue. The reason for this change, not only to accommodate the larger anticipated audience attendance, but for the extended schedule of events and guest list as well. This year's BroadwayCon begins on Friday morning January 27 bright and early at 10:00am, and attendees will have plenty of events from which to choose, ranging from workshops and demonstrations to fan meetups and talks monitored by Broadway stars. If you are a wannabe Broadway dancer, the "Beyond the Chorus Line: Dancers On B ...
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Review: Kelli O’Hara’s Operatic Turn in ‘Dido and Aeneas’
NYTimes - 10 months
Ms. O’Hara, fresh from “The King and I,” assumed a throne herself at City Center, playing the tragic queen of Carthage.
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'The King and I' Revival's Important Message
Huffington Post - about 1 year
For many, The King and I is remembered as a lush, exotic, and large-scale musical about the improbable romance between a British school teacher and the King of Siam. The 1951 original Broadway production, the famous 1956 film, and the 1996 revival all went along with this conceptualization of the work; they all used a giant stage, a huge cast, and an unfathomably large budget to present the audience with a fascinatingly exotic and romance-filled depiction of "the far East." But this musical is not about romance or love. In actuality, The King and I is a battle between sexism and racism (and no one wins). Yes there is some love and romance, but there is also slavery, murder, flagellation, prostitution, polygamy, and human trafficking -- not to mention the consistent degradation of women and racialized "other"-ing of the Siamese people. A new adaptation, with a new vision by director Barlett Sher, is however exactly what Rodger and Hammerstein's outdated and offensive text neede ...
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Top 10 Best Theatrical Performances of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
There goes another year in New York with magnificent stage performances. Some performers in the past year have excelled in exceptional storytelling far more than others. A season full of diverse characters ranging from female revolutionaries, sexually curious teenagers, a glittering tornado exit, underappreciated siblings, a one-man band, a Latin pop star, a ton of toe-tapping music, and star-turning performances. As we start ramping up to 2016, I look back at my top 10 theatrical performances of 2015. 10. Laura Michelle Kelly in Finding Neverland Back on Broadway from her long run in Mary Poppins in 2011, Laura Michelle Kelly shines in Finding Neverland. Her performance is full of poise and pure grace. There is nothing she cannot do. As she is wrapped in a glittering tornado, her voice soars at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Although Finding Neverland falls short in being anything more than a tourist trap musical, Ms. Kelly's performance is a stand out. 9. Megan McGinnis in Da ...
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'King and I' gets royal treatment in new Broadway revival - almost 2 years
Theatre critics praise the production starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe. Alicia Powell reports.
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Celebrating the Talent, Recognizing the Voice: Judy Kuhn
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Before Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara, Judy Kuhn was the voice exciting audiences on Broadway and beyond. The 56-year-old star originated the roles of Cosette and Florence in Les Miserables and Chess, respectively, two musicals that resonated with fans well beyond the confines of the Great White Way. Then there were her celebrated turns in Sunset Boulevard, She Loves Me and Rags. If these don't ring a bell, let me paint you a picture -- or, rather, an illustrated character that is now a cherished part of the Disney legacy. As the singing voice of Pocahontas, Kuhn crooned the iconic tunes "Colors of the Wind," and "Just Around the Riverbend," which were penned by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. As a solo artist, the TONY-nominated star now extends her talents to more intimate venues. On Feb. 4, she'll hit the stage of New York's Appel Room for the "Lincoln Center Presents the American Songbook Series." "I'm really excited about it," Kuhn said of the forthco ...
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Tony Awards 2014: Nominees Perform Live
NYTimes - over 2 years
The New York Times presented an intimate concert with five Tony nominees to a small audience. Above, Kelli O’Hara of “The Bridges of Madison County.”
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Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale join 'Bridges'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — The Broadway-bound musical "The Bridges of Madison County" has its new lovers — Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale.
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Ken Fallin: Caricature and Beauty...
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Well, I'm still trying to draw caricatures of the famous, and the not so famous. When I first became aware of caricature, which was mostly from those wonderful Warner Brothers cartoons from the 1930s and '40s, I didn't always know who the caricature subjects were. I was fascinated by the fact that real live humans were being shown as cartoons. I am such a fan of the art of caricature, I don't really need to recognize the subject of a drawing. A really good caricature, in my opinion, should stand alone as a good piece of art. I did a drawing of the new off-Broadway musical, Far from Heaven, a few weeks ago. The star of that production is the very talented Kelli O'Hara. I have drawn Kelli two other times. She is a very beautiful young woman, so too much exaggeration could ruin a caricature drawing of her. Subjects that are extremely good looking are always a challenge. Sometimes the results are a bland and boring drawing. This past week I did a drawing for th ...
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Belying That Baby Bump Off-Broadway
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
For Tony award-winning costume designer Catherine Zuber, working on the off-Broadway production of "Far From Heaven" is a never-ending challenge. That's because lead actress Kelli O'Hara is pregnant—but her character isn't.
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Michael Giltz: Theater: Soggy "Little Mermaid," A Musical Very "Far From Heaven," A Blurry "Chalk Circle
Huffington Post - over 3 years
DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID ** FAR FROM HEAVEN ** THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE ** DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID ** PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE Turning a classic animated film into a stage musical isn't easy, especially when the setting is underwater and your stars include mermaids with fins, fish, crabs and seagulls. But The Little Mermaid is the movie that pushed the Disney creative and commercial revival into overdrive thanks to great animation and the songwriting team of Ashman and Menken, a team that would prove one of the best partnerships the musical ever had. It's easy to see why they brought it to Broadway: when you're starting with a handful of show-stoppers like "Under The Sea," "Kiss the Girl," "Poor Unfortunate Souls" and "Part Of Your World," the battle's half won, isn't it? That version ran for two years but was generally found wanting compared to the film. It's been tweaked for Europe and high school productions and now it's been reworked and re-imagined (or is ...
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'Far from Heaven' opens off-Broadway: What did the critics think?
LATimes - over 3 years
A new musical version of the 2002 movie "Far From Heaven" has descended on Playwrights Horizons in New York. Starring Kelli O'Hara in the role originated by Julianne Moore, the musical traces the inner life of a suburban Connecticut housewife circa 1957.
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'Nice Work' for Jessie Mueller
Chicago Times - about 4 years
Jessie Mueller has scored a leading role on Broadway, albeit as a replacement. The longtime Chicago actress will take over from Kelli O'Hara in the Broadway production of "Nice Work If You Can Get It," a musical comedy showcasing the music of George and Ira Gershwin. The young vocalist,  always at her best singing music of the Gershwin vintage, will play opposite the continuing Matthew Broderick.
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Obama's 'Hope And Virtue' Distilled In A Song
NPR - about 4 years
"With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come." Those words, from President Obama's first inaugural address, have been set to music on a new album. Celebrating the American Spirit also features Broadway star Kelli O'Hara singing Bernstein. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Carey Purcell: Top 10 Shows of 2012
Huffington Post - about 4 years
As the year comes to an end, we love to look back at the highlights of the past 12 months. Throughout 2012, I had the privilege of seeing so many incredible performances while covering the New York theater beat. While reflecting on the amazing range of dramas, comedies, musicals and interactive experiences I attended, I compiled a list of the top 10 performances I saw in 2012. This list does not rank the shows from best to absolute best, but instead is a collection of my favorite 10 performances, with no preferential order. Then She Fell An interactive, haunted-house type experience inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Then She Fell stayed with me long after I left the outpatient ward of the Greenpoint Hospital. With an outstanding cast of performers, sets and costumes that were pitch-perfect, and a rich background of academic and creative influences, this experience was chilling, richly sensual and extremely rewarding. The Best of Everything Adapted from Rona Jaffe's bes ...
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Kelli Is Bustin' Out...To Do 'Carousel'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK — Kelli O'Hara will be taking a break from singing Gershwin songs on Broadway early next year – to sing Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes with the The New York Philharmonic. The Philharmonic said Monday that O'Hara, currently starring in "Nice Work If You Can Get It" at the Imperial Theatre, will appear as Julie Jordan in a production of "Carousel" running from Feb. 27 to March 2. The musical includes such hits as "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," and "You'll Never Walk Alone." O'Hara is set to return to Broadway after "Carousel" closes. Joining O'Hara will be Nathan Gunn as Billy Bigelow, Stephanie Blythe as Nettie Fowler and Alexander Gemignani as Enoch Snow. John Rando will direct and Rob Fisher conducts. ___ Online:
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kelli O'Hara
  • 2016
    Age 39
    O'Hara played her final performance as Anna on April 17, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Ever since being nominated for The Light in the Piazza, O'Hara has been nominated for a Tony Award for every subsequent role she has played on Broadway. Broadway Off-Broadway and regional theatre National tours Operatic Repertoire Cast recordings Soundtracks
  • 2014
    Age 37
    On December 31, 2014, O'Hara made her operatic debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Valencienne in Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow, alongside soprano Renee Fleming.
    More Details Hide Details Following her Metropolitan Opera debut, O'Hara returned to Lincoln Center Theatre for the third time to star as Anna Leonowens in the Broadway revival of The King and I, opposite Ken Watanabe as The King. The production began previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on March 12, 2015 and opened on April 15, 2015. This role won O'Hara and her co-star Ruthie Ann Miles their first Tony Awards.
    From January to May 2014, she starred as Francesca Johnson in the new Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County, for which she received her fifth Tony Award nomination.
    More Details Hide Details She received positive reviews. Elyse Sommer, the reviewer, noted O'Hara's "superb vocal chops" and her "exquisite" duets with co-star Steven Pasquale. She played Mrs. Darling in the NBC telecast of Peter Pan Live!
  • 2013
    Age 36
    From February 28, 2013 to March 2, 2013, she played the main character of Julie in the staged concert version of Carousel, presented by the New York Philharmonic, at Avery Fisher Hall.
    More Details Hide Details Nathan Gunn played Billy, Stephanie Blythe played Nettie, Jessie Mueller played Carrie, Jason Danieley played Enoch, Shuler Hensley played Jigger, John Cullum played the Starkeeper, and Kate Burton played Mrs. Mullin. Tiler Peck danced the role of Louise to choreography by Warren Carlyle. The production was directed by John Rando.
  • 2012
    Age 35
    On December 31, 2012, she was part of "Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch", a concert held in Lincoln Center saluting the late composer.
    More Details Hide Details Other performers were Joshua Bell, Raúl Esparza, Michael Feinstein, Maria Friedman, Josh Groban, Megan Hilty, Audra McDonald, Lilla Crawford, Beth Behrs and Frederica von Stade. She, along with Audra McDonald and Megan Hilty, sang "At The Ballet", from A Chorus Line.
    She starred on Broadway as Billie Bendix in Nice Work if You Can Get It from April 2012 to March 2013 and received her fourth Tony Award nomination.
    More Details Hide Details She was replaced by Jessie Mueller.
  • 2011
    Age 34
    She had performed one of the most famous songs from the show, "Will He Like Me?", one day before, on December 4, 2011, at the Kennedy Center in honor of Barbara Cook, who was being honored that year.
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    On December 5, 2011, she was part of a benefit concert of She Loves Me, presented by the Roundabout Theater Company, in honor of its 10-year anniversary.
    More Details Hide Details She played the main character of Amalia, co-starring with Josh Radnor, who played Georg. The production was directed by Scott Ellis, the musical director was Paul Gemignani, and the cast included Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski as Miss Ritter, Cheyenne Jackson as Steven Kodaly, Tony nominee Michael McGrath as Sipos, Tony nominee Rory O'Malley as Arpad, and four-time Tony nominee Victor Garber as Mr. Maraczek.
  • 2010
    Age 33
    In 2010 she played the role of Ellen in the film Sex and the City 2 and also in 2011 appeared in "Mercy" the 1st episode of the 2nd season the CBS show Blue Bloods.
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  • 2008
    Age 31
    She can be heard as the voice of producer Beth Totenbag on PBS's 2008 animated series Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns.
    More Details Hide Details From 2008 to 2010, O'Hara starred as Nellie Forbush in the Broadway revival of South Pacific at the Lincoln Center Vivian Beaumont Theater, for which she was nominated for her third Tony Award. O'Hara took maternity leave on March 8, 2009 and returned to the musical on October 13, 2009. O'Hara played the role of Ella Peterson in the November 2010 New York City Center Encores! semi-staged concert presentation of Bells Are Ringing.
  • 2006
    Age 29
    In her next Broadway musical, she played "Babe" in the 2006 revival of The Pajama Game, for which she received a second Tony nomination, this time for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.
    More Details Hide Details For this performance, New York Times reviewer Ben Brantley wrote that O'Hara "rockets past the promising ingénue status she attained with 'Light in the Piazza'". In January and February 2007, O'Hara played the role of Dot/Marie in the L.A. Reprise! concert staging of Sunday in the Park with George. In March 2007, O'Hara played Eliza Doolittle in the New York Philharmonic's production of My Fair Lady at Avery Fisher Hall.
  • 2005
    Age 28
    She received a 2005 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.
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    She starred as Clara in the 2005 Broadway production of The Light in the Piazza at the Lincoln Center Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details She had done a workshop of the musical at the Theatre Lab at Sundance, as well as during tryouts in Seattle and Chicago, as the character of Franca.
  • 2003
    Age 26
    In 2003 she played Albertine in the Off-Broadway Playwrights Horizons production of the musical My Life With Albertine, and, in 2004, Lucy Westenra in the Broadway production of the musical Dracula.
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  • 2002
    Age 25
    She next appeared in the 2002 Broadway production of Sweet Smell of Success as Susan.
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  • 2000
    Age 23
    She has appeared on Broadway and Off-Broadway in many musicals since making her Broadway debut as a replacement in Jekyll & Hyde in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details A six-time Tony Award nominee, her first nomination was for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for the 2005 production of The Light in the Piazza. Her subsequent nominations were for The Pajama Game (2006), South Pacific (2008), Nice Work If You Can Get It (2012) and The Bridges of Madison County (2014), before winning the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for the 2015 revival of The King and I. O'Hara grew up in Oklahoma in an Irish American family. She graduated from Deer Creek High School and also attended Oklahoma City University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Music in vocal performance/opera. O'Hara studied voice with Florence Birdwell, who also taught Kristin Chenoweth four years earlier. O'Hara and Chenoweth are both alumnae of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. O'Hara is married to Greg Naughton, son of actor James Naughton, brother of actress/singer Keira Naughton, and nephew of actor David Naughton. Their first child, Owen James, was born on June 27, 2009. The couple had a daughter, Charlotte, on September 16, 2013.
  • 1976
    Born on April 16, 1976.
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