CANCELED: a master class with KELLI O’HARA


Sunday, February 28, 2016, 3:00pm


Agassiz Theatre, 10 Garden St., Radcliffe Yard


Kelli O’Hara

Presented By: Learning from Performers and Celebrity Series of Boston

Deemed “one of our greatest reinterpreters of musical standards” by New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley, Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara will lead a master class for Harvard student vocalists. (Co-sponsored by the Celebrity Series of Boston, which will present O’Hara in concert at Sanders Theatre on Sunday, February 28 at 7 pm. For more information and tickets, visit the Celebrity Series online or call 617.482.6661.)

Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theatre revival of The King and I recently garnered her a 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations.

In 2014, O’Hara’s performance as Francesca in the musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County earned her Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Additionally, she starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of Peter Pan alongside Allison Williams and Christian Borle, and on New Year’s Eve, Kelli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the production of The Merry Widow with Renée Fleming. 

A native of Oklahoma, O’Hara 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 ‘67, and Dracula. In 2005 O’Hara starred in The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center, earning her Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. She moved from one critical and commercial success to another when she joined Harry Connick Jr. on Broadway in the 2006 Tony Award-winning production of The Pajama Game, for which she received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award nominations.

O’Hara starred in the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center, 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 a Fred Astaire Nomination for dance.

O’Hara has worked regionally and Off Broadway in Far from Heaven at Williamstown Theater Festival and Playwrights Horizons; King Lear at the Public Theater; Bells Are Ringing at City Center Encores!; Sunday in the Park with George at Reprise; My Life With Albertine at Playwrights Horizons; and Beauty at the La Jolla Playhouse. She received critical acclaim for her performances at the New York Philharmonic’s productions of Carousel and My Fair Lady as both Julie Jordan and Eliza Doolittle, respectively. She has sold out her solo show at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall, and performed with symphonies and orchestras across the country. O’Hara is a frequent guest artist on the PBS Memorial Day and July 4th telecasts, and has performed several times as part of the Kennedy Center Honors tributes for Barbara Cook, Jerry Herman and Barbra Streisand.

Among O’Hara’s film and television credits are Sex & The City 2; Martin Scorsese’s short The Key to Reserva opposite Simon Baker; The Dying Gaul; Blue Bloods (NBC pilot); All Rise (NBC pilot); Alexander Hamilton (Maria Reynolds) starring Brian F. O’Byrne (PBS); NUMB3RS (CBS); All My Children (ABC); the animated series Car Talk (PBS); and numerous live performances on national television shows. Her voice can be heard on many cast album recordings, and she has released two solo albums for the Ghostlight label, Always and Wonder in the World.

Support for this program generously provided by the Bernard H. and Mildred Kayden Artist in Residence Fund