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O'Hara at a NYS ARTS Fall Gala in 2008
Kelli O'Hara (born April 16, 1975) is an Americanmarker actress, singer, and songwriter.

O'Hara has been nominated for three Tony Awards, one for her performance as Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza, one for her performance as Babe Williams in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of The Pajama Game, where she starred alongside Harry Connick, Jr. and Michael McKean, and most recently for her performance as Nellie Forbush in the Lincoln Center Theatermarker revival of South Pacific.

O'Hara was recently seen as Dot/Marie in the L.A. Reprise! concert staging of Sunday in the Park with George. She can be heard as the voice of producer Beth Totenbag on PBS's 2008 animated series Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns.

Early life

O'Hara grew up in Oklahomamarker where she graduated from Deer Creek High School. She also attended Oklahoma City University, graduating with a Bachelor's of Music in vocal performance/opera. O'Hara studied voice with Florence Birdwell, who also taught Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth four years earlier. O'Hara and Chenoweth are both alumnae of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

Personal life

O'Hara is married to Greg Naughton, son of actor James Naughton, brother of actress/singer Keira Naughton.Their first child, Owen James, was born on June 27, 2009.

Stage roles

* South Pacific (2008) as Nellie Forbush (took maternity leave on March 8, 2009; returned to the role on October 13, 2009.)
* The Pajama Game (2006) as Babe Williams
* The Light in the Piazza (2005) as Clara Johnson
* Dracula, the Musical (2004) as Lucy Westenra
* Sweet Smell of Success: The Musical (2002) as Susan
* Follies (2001) as Young Hattie/Ensemble, then as Young Phyllis
* Jekyll & Hyde (2000) as Kate (replacement) / Emma (understudy)

* The Light in the Piazza (2004) as Franca (in Seattle and Chicago)
* My Life With Albertine (2003) as Albertine (off-Broadway)
* Beauty (2003) (La Jolla Playhouse)

  • National Tours
* Jekyll & Hyde (1999-2000) as Ensemble / Emma (u/s), and later as Emma (replacement)


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