Kelli O?Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway?s great leading ladies. She recently 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 a third Tony nomination.
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. 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 La Jolla Playhouse.
In addition to her critically acclaimed performance as Eliza Doolittle in the New York Philharmonic production of My Fair Lady, Kelli has performed a solo concert at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops conducted by Rob Fisher. She has sung at Carnegie Hall with Barbara Cook and with the New York Pops under Steven Reineke, at the Kennedy Center with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra, with the New York Philharmonic also under Hamlisch, the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Cooper Union, Joe?s Pub, the Philly Pops conducted by Peter Nero, OCPAC, Broad Stage, and a sold-out run at Café Carlyle. She performed at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors as part of the Barbra Streisand tribute and sang ?God Bless America? at Yankee Stadium at Game 6 of the World Series. She recently performed on PBS?s Memorial Day Concert Live from Wash- ington, D.C. Upcoming engagements take her to the Ravinia Festival, Kennedy Center and Tilles Center.
Among her film and television credits are Sex & The City 2, Martin Scorsese?s short The Key to Reserva opposite Simon Baker; 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, and numerous live performances on national television shows. Kelli?s recordings include South Pacific (Sony), The Light in the Piazza (Nonesuch records; Grammy nomination), The Pajama Game (Sony; Grammy nomination), The Sweet Smell of Success (Sony), My Life with Albertine (PS Classics), Dream True (PS Classics), Jule Styne Goes Hollywood (PS Classics), and her solo album Wonder in the World on Ghostlight Records.
Kelli resides in New York with her husband Greg and their son Owen.