Kiss Me, Kate! tells the story of the staging of a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and follows the conflicted relationship (on and off-stage) between the production's stars - Fred Graham (who also produces and directs) and his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. The musical comedy includes such Cole Porter classics as “So In Love,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Always True To You In My Fashion.”
Kelli O'Hara On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets
Kelli Christine O'Hara was born on April 16, 1976 in Elk City, Oklahoma and is a Tony Award-winning actress and Broadway favorite. Finally winning a Tony Award in 2015 for her performance as Anna Leonowens in the Lincon Center Theater revival of The King and I, she had previously earned a grand total of five Tony Award nominations for her celebrated roles in The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific, The Pajama Gama, and The Light in the Piazza.
Ms. O'Hara attended Deer Creek High School and went on to study Music, graduating with a bachelor's degree in vocal performance and opera from Oklahoma City University. She was taught by voice teacher Florence Birdwell, who had also previously tutored another Broadway favorite in Kristin Chenoweth.
Her first notable professional job was in the ensemble of the 1999 National Tour of Jekyll & Hyde, which would lead to her joining the Broadway company in June 2000 and making her Broadway debut. She remained with the production until its final performance on January 7, 2001 and quickly booked her next Broadway credit. She would take on the role of Young Hattie in the Broadway revival of Follies from March 2001 and would eventually assume the role of Young Phyllis. She went on to appear as Susan in the Broadway premiere of Sweet Smell of Success in spring 2002 and made her off-Broadway debut as Albertine for the Playwrights Horizons production of My Life with Albertine in spring 2003. The next year, she was cast as Lucy Westenra in the Broadway premiere of Dracula, the Musical, which ran from July 30, 2004 through to January 2, 2005.
Ms. O'Hara's career on stage reached new heights following her performance as Clara Johnson in the Lincoln Center Theater production of The Light in the Piazza. She played the role from March 17 through to December 4, 2005, and earned her first Tony Award nomination. From that moment on, she was considered a Broadway favorite and received Tony Award nominations every time she appeared on the Great White Way. Her subsequent Broadway résumé includes the roles of Babe Williams in the 2006 revival of The Pajama Game, Ensign Nellie Forbush in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of South Pacific, Billie Bendix in the 2012 premiere of Nice Work If You Can Get It (also earning a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Musical Theater Album" in 2013), and Francesca in the 2014 premiere of The Bridges of Madison County. At that point in her career, Ms. O'Hara was a five-time Tony Award nominee and she also found time to appear off-Broadway as Regan in the Public Theater's 2011 revival of King Lear and returned to Playwrights Horizons as Cathy Whitaker in 2013's Far From Heaven.
Her various concert stagings include leading roles in the likes of Sunday in the Park with George, My Fair Lady, Bells Are Ringing, She Loves Me, and Brigadoon, and her Metropolitan Opera credits include The Merry Widow in 2014 and Così fan tutte in 2018.
She finally won her Tony Award in 2015 for her widely acclaimed performance as Anna Leonowens in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of The King and I, starring in the production from March 12, 2015 until April 17, 2016. She would reprise the role and make her West End debut in The King and I at the London Palladium from June to September 2018 with that production being broadcast to cinemas worldwide in November 2018.
Although primarily known for her career on the Broadway stage, Ms. O'Hara has also appeared in numerous films and television series, including the role of Mrs. Darling in NBC's live televised musical "Peter Pan Live!" and a 2018 Emmy Award-nominated performance as Katie Bonner in "The Accidental Wolf". Other notable screen credits include "Sex and the City 2," "Numb3rs," "13 Reasons Why," "Blue Bloods," and "Masters of Sex". She also starred in the popular "Live from Lincoln Center" series twice - as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific in 2010 and as Julie Jordan in Carousel in 2013.
Following Roundabout Theatre Company's critically acclaimed 2016 benefit concert of classic musical Kiss Me, Kate!, Ms. O'Hara will reprise the dual roles of Kate and Lilli Vanessi in a fully staged Broadway revival at Studio 54 from February 14 through to June 30, 2019.