Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great ingénues.
With her critically acclaimed performance of Eliza Doolittle in the NY Philharmonic production of My Fair Lady, a Carnegie Hall debut, and the completion of her first album to be distributed by Sh-K-Boom Records, this past year has been a busy one.
A native of Oklahoma, Kelli received a degree in Opera at Oklahoma City University, and after winning the State Metropolitan Opera Competition moved to New York and enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Institute. She made her Broadway debut in Jekyll & Hyde and followed it with Sondheim’s Follies, Sweet Smell of Success opposite John Lithgow; and Dracula.
In 2003, Kelli committed to a production of The Light in the Piazza at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre. The show landed on Broadway in 2005 and earned Kelli her first Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. She moved from one huge critical and commercial success to another when she joined Harry Connick on Broadway in the 2006 Tony award winning production of The Pajama Game for which Kelli received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award nominations.
Kelli has worked regionally and Off Broadway in Sunday in the Park with George at Reprise, My Life With Albertine at Playwright’s Horizons, and Beauty at The LoJolla Playhouse.
In addition to her critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall solo debut with the NY Pops conducted by Rob Fisher, Kelli’s concerts include Carnegie Hall with Barbara Cook, The Kennedy Center with Marvin Hamlisch and the NSO, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Cooper Union, Joe’s Pub and with the Philly Pops conducted by Peter Nero.
Among her film and television credits are The Dying Gaul starring Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott; Blue Blood (NBC pilot), All Rise (NBC Pilot), Alexander Hamilton (Maria Reynolds) starring Brian F. O’Byrne (PBS), NUMB3RS (CBS); All My Children, the upcoming animated series Car Talk, as well as numerous live performances on national television shows. Kelli most recently starred opposite Simon Baker in a Cava Freixenet industrial directed by Martin Scorsese.
Kelli’s recordings include: The Light in the Piazza (Nonesuch records; Grammy nom.), The Pajama Game (Sony; Grammy nom.), The Sweet Smell of Success (Sony), My Life with Albertine (PS Classics), Dream True (PSClassics), Jule Styne Goes Hollywood (PS Classics) and her upcoming solo album.
Kelli will soon be returning to Lincoln Center to star as Nellie Forbush in the revival of South Pacific.
Kelli resides in New York with her husband Greg. (Source: www.kelliohara.com)