Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of THE KING AND I recently garnered her the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations.
The year before was an exceptionally busy year. She starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s Live Telecast of Peter Pan, alongside Allison Williams, Christopher Walken and Christian Borle and on New Years Eve, Kelli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the production of THE MERRY WIDOW with Renee Fleming.
In 2015 she opened in Broadway’s musical adaptation of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Her performance of Francesca earned her nominations for a Tony®, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Recently, she joined Showtime’s Masters of Sex as Michael Sheen’s long-lost love, Dody, completed shooting the upcoming series The Accidental Wolf, and can be seen in on CBS All Access’ The Good Fight.
A native of Oklahoma, Kelli received a degree in opera, 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, beginning a sixteen year working relationship with Bartlett Sher. The show landed on Broadway in 2005 and earned Kelli her first Tony® and Drama Desk Award nominations. She moved from one 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 starred in the Tony Award®-winning revival of SOUTH PACIFIC at Lincoln Center, enrapturing audiences and critics alike with her soulful and complex interpretation of Nellie Forbush, and garnering Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award nominations. She later teamed up with Matthew Broderick in Broadway's musical comedy NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, earning Tony®, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations, as well as the Fred Astaire Nomination for dance.
On Monday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. O'Hara will be at the August Wilson Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. For Priority tickets, phone 412-456-6666. Enter promo code KELLI to purchase tickets before
they go on sale to the public on Friday, June 9.