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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Broadway Ladies: Ms. February 2014: The Bridges of Madison County's Kelli O'Hara

Ms. February 2014
Kelli O'Hara


I have a feeling that Broadway historians will say that Kelli O'Hara was one of the most important musical theatre names of the early 21st Century.  With four Tony nominations (and counting), and a healthy off-Broadway, regional, and concert resume under her belt, she pretty much does it all.  And soon, she'll be adding opera to her list of accomplishments when she makes her Met debut in The Merry Widow.  Her list of co-stars reads like a who's who, including: Sam Waterston, Paolo Szot, Matthew Broderick, John Lithgow, and Victoria Clark - Tony-winners, all. She's worked with some great composers like the late Marvin Hamlisch, Adam Guettel , and now Jason Robert Brown.  This brings me to why she's Ms. Broadway February 2014: this week, she opens in a brand new Broadway musical, The Bridges of Madison County.  Congratulations, and break a leg, Ms. O'Hara!

IN PHOTOS:
Candids

With husband, Greg Naughton 
With Mr. Broadway February 2014, Derek Klena

With her South Pacific guys: Matthew Morrison and Paolo Szot

In the recording studio
Norm and Audra and Kelli and Matthew

FUN FACTS

  • She was born on April 16.
  • She's an Oklahoma native and a graduate of Oklahoma City University.
  • She is married to Greg Naughton and they have two children.

Concert appearances

The New York Philharmonic


The NYP's Carousel
Media Gal: Magazine Cover and CD


MORE FUN FACTS
  • Kristin Chenoweth and she shared a vocal instructor, Florence Birdwell.
  • They also share a sorority, albeit at different times - Gamma Phi Beta.
  • She made her Broadway debut in the original production of Jekyll and Hyde, a show she also did the National Tour of. 
  • She played Franca in both pre-Broadway tryouts of The Light in the Piazza.
  • She's co-starred with Matthew Morrison and Steven Pasquale twice each.


Off-Broadway and Regional
King Lear, My Life with Albertine, Beauty, The Light in the Piazza and Far From Heaven


King Lear at The Public

My Life with Albertine

Beauty

The Light in the Piazza - Chicago and Seattle



Far From Heaven

ON BROADWAY
(Not pictured) Jekyll and Hyde, Follies (2001), (Pictured, top to bottom) 1 Sweet Smell of Success, 2 Dracula: The Musical, The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game, South Pacific, Nice Work If You Can Get It and 7 The Bridges of Madison County

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ON VIDEO
Recording The Bridges of Madison County


Jeff
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