Kelli O'Hara

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Kelli O'Hara
Kelli OHara.jpg
O'Hara at a NYS ARTS Fall Gala in 2008
Born(1976-04-16) April 16, 1976 (age 38)
Elk City, Oklahoma
Spouse(s)Greg Naughton
Children2
 
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Kelli O'Hara
Kelli OHara.jpg
O'Hara at a NYS ARTS Fall Gala in 2008
Born(1976-04-16) April 16, 1976 (age 38)
Elk City, Oklahoma
Spouse(s)Greg Naughton
Children2

Kelli O'Hara (born April 16, 1976) 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 five Tony Awards.

Personal life[edit]

O'Hara grew up in Oklahoma in an Irish American family.[1] She graduated from Deer Creek High School and also attended Oklahoma City University, graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Music in vocal performance/opera. O'Hara studied voice with Florence Birdwell, who also taught Broadway star 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.[2] The couple had a daughter on September 16, 2013.[3]

Career[edit]

O'Hara has been nominated for five Tony Awards, including four for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in The Pajama Game,[4]South Pacific[5]Nice Work If You Can Get It.[6] Her first nomination was for her featured role in The Light in the Piazza.[7]

O'Hara played the role of Dot/Marie in the L.A. Reprise! concert staging of Sunday in the Park with George. 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. From April 24, 2012 to March 24, 2013, she starred on Broadway in Nice Work if You Can Get It as Billie Bendix, a role for which she received her fourth Tony nomination. She was replaced by Jessie Mueller. She is currently starring on Broadway in the title role of Francesca in the original Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County, a role that has earned her rave reviews and a fifth Tony nomination for her work.

Stage roles[edit]

O'Hara performing at the National Memorial Day Concert in May 2010
Broadway
Off-Broadway and regional theatre
National tours

Discography[edit]

Cast recordings

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated WorkResult
2005Tony AwardBest Performance by a Featured Actress in a MusicalThe Light in the PiazzaNominated
Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalNominated
2006Tony AwardBest Performance by a Leading Actress in a MusicalThe Pajama GameNominated
Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Actress in a MusicalNominated
Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding Actress in a MusicalNominated
2008Tony AwardBest Performance by a Leading Actress in a MusicalSouth PacificNominated
Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Actress in a MusicalNominated
Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding Actress in a MusicalNominated
2012Tony AwardBest Performance by a Leading Actress in a MusicalNice Work If You Can Get ItNominated
Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Actress in a MusicalNominated
Drama League AwardDistinguished PerformanceNominated
Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding Actress in a MusicalNominated
2014Tony AwardBest Performance by a Leading Actress in a MusicalThe Bridges of Madison CountyPending
Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Actress in a MusicalPending
Drama League AwardDistinguished PerformancePending
Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding Actress in a MusicalNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelly, Mary Pat."Broadway's Irish Colleen"Irish America magazine, Oct/Nov 2008 issue
  2. ^ Hetrick, Adam."Tony Nominee O'Hara and Naughton Welcome a Son," playbill.com, June 29, 2009
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HQ45-yFFQE
  4. ^ Playbill News: "Just the Facts: List of 2006 Tony Award Winners and Nominees" playbill.com, June 11, 2006
  5. ^ 2007-2008 "Tony Nominations Announced; 'In the Heights' Earns 13 Noms", Playbill, May 13, 2008
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth and Hetrick, Adam. 2012 "Tony Awards Nominations Announced; Once Earns 11 Nominations", and 'The Bridges of Madison County. Playbill.com, May 1, 2012
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Hetrick, Adam. Playbill.com, Expectant O'Hara to Depart South Pacific March 8, February 2, 2009.
  9. ^ Glikas, Bruce. broadway.com, Welcome Back, Kelli! Broadway Sweetheart O'Hara Returns to South Pacific, October 15, 2009.
  10. ^ Hetrick, Adam."'Far From Heaven', With Kelli O'Hara, Tests Its Wings in Williamstown Starting July 19" playbill.com, July 19, 2012

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