Holly O'Brien

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Holly O'Brien
Holly O'Brien performing at The Triad Theatre in New York City.jpg
Holly O'Brien performing at The Triad Theatre in New York City
EducationInterlochen Arts Academy, The Hartt School
OccupationActress, singer
Spouse
(m. 2016)
Websitewww.hollyobrien.com

Holly O’Brien is an American actress and singer. She played the role of Goldie[1] in Tony Award Winner Martin Charnin’s World Premiere of his new production of Two by Two[2] and performed the role of Belle multiple times in Disney’s musical Beauty and the Beast.[3] She played Loretta in the original Off-Broadway cast[4] of the concert revival of Love from Judy (with a score by Hugh Martin) with the Obie Award[5] winning company Musicals Tonight! in New York City.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

O’Brien was born in Roseburg, Oregon. A classically trained soprano, she is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan where she studied Opera, Voice and Theatre. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from The Hartt School, the performing arts conservatory, at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut.[3]

Career[edit]

O’Brien was cast and directed by Tony Award Winner Martin Charnin in the role of Goldie[1] in the World Premiere of the new version of Two by Two by Richard Rodgers and Martin Charnin at the Cumberland County Playhouse.[2]

She played the role of Belle in Disney’s musical Beauty and the Beast in the first regional production of the musical at the Cumberland County Playhouse.[7] She then played the role of Belle again at the Merry Go Round Playhouse[8] and also[9] at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.[10]

O’Brien performed the role of Marilyn Monroe / Norma Jean in Norma Jean Enlightened at the Drama Book Shop's 50th Anniversary Tribute to Marilyn Monroe in New York City.[11] She received the best actress award[12] for her work in the role of Marilyn Monroe / Norma Jean in Norma Jean Enlightened at the Midwinter Theatre Festival in New York City.[13]

O’Brien played Loretta in the original Off-Broadway cast[4] of the concert revival of Love from Judy (with a score by Hugh Martin). Love from Judy was produced by the 2004 Obie Award Winning Company Musicals Tonight![5] at the Sol Goldman 14th Street YMHA Theatre in New York City.[14]

O’Brien performed as a soprano soloist in Vienna, Austria at the Wiener Musikseminar.[13]

She performed the role of Luisa (The Girl) in The Fantasticks at the Penobscot Theatre[15] and the role of Cindy Lou[16] in The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Merry Go Round Playhouse.[17]

In 2016, she played Peggy in the revival of The Taffetas at the Seven Angels Theatre.[18]

O’Brien performed the role of Cora in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh in the two part Zoom Premiere on YouTube Live as a benefit for The Actors Fund during the Covid 19 pandemic in 2020.[19]

Personal life[edit]

O’Brien married actor Mike Roche in New York City in August 2016.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Goldie in Two By Two – Regional (US)". www.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Broadway To Vegas November 7, 2004". www.broadwaytovegas.com. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Shattuck, Kathryn (September 1, 2016). "Two Actors Find the Perfect Parts in Love". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Love from Judy Original Off-Broadway Cast – 2003 Off-Broadway". www.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "04". Obie Awards. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth (November 1, 2003). "Hugh Martin's Rare Musical, Love From Judy, Gets U.S. Premiere in NYC Concert, Nov. 11–23". Playbill. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "Broadway To Vegas July 11, 2004". www.broadwaytovegas.com. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  8. ^ adams, barbara. "Disney's Beauty and the Beast". Ithaca Times. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  9. ^ Harris, Jim (December 2, 2005). "Beastly job". Arkansas Times. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  10. ^ Staff, Arkansas Times (December 2, 2005). "Rep opens 'Beauty and the Beast'". Arkansas Times. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  11. ^ BWW News Desk. "The Drama Book Shop Tributes Marilyn Monroe with NORMA JEANE ENLIGHTENED, 8/2". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  12. ^ http://www.casciac.org/pdfs/EAB2020ProgramMondayFeb.10.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  13. ^ a b BWW News Desk. "Andrew Rothkin, Joseph Conway and More Set for NORMA JEANE, ENLIGHTENED Tonight, 8/2". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  14. ^ "Love from Judy – 2003 Off-Broadway – Backstage & Production Info". www.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  15. ^ "PTC fights back with funny, spare 'Fantasticks' Sweet love story marred by mismatched singing". Archive. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  16. ^ Adams, Barbara. "Sweetly Marvelous at the Merry-go-round". Ithaca Times. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  17. ^ BWW News Desk. "The Marvelous Wonderettes Opens at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse 9/14". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  18. ^ Rochman, Joanne Greco (April 1, 2016). "1950s nostalgia at Seven Angels". Milford Mirror. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  19. ^ BWW News Desk. "THE ICEMAN COMETH, A 2-Part Zoom Premiere to Stream Next Weekend". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved September 15, 2020.