Kelli O'Hara

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

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 four 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 four Tony Awards, including three for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in The Pajama Game,[4]South Pacific[5] and 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 is 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.

Stage roles[edit]

O'Hara performing at the National Memorial Day Concert in May 2010
Broadway
Off-Broadway and regional theatre
National tours
  • Jekyll & Hyde (1999-2000) as Ensemble / Emma (u/s), and later as Emma (replacement)

Discography[edit]

Cast recordings

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2005 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical The Light in the Piazza Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
2006 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical The Pajama Game Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
2008 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical South Pacific Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
2012 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Nice Work If You Can Get It Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated

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". 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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