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 for Ms. O'Hara. She starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC's live telecast of Peter Pan, alongside Allison Williams, Christopher Walken, and Christian Borle; on New Year's Eve, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in a production of The Merry Widow with Renée Fleming. In 2015, she opened in Broadway's musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County. Her performance of Francesca earned her nominations for Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle awards.
This summer, she joined Showtime's Masters of Sex as Michael Sheen's long-lost love, Dody, and just completed shooting the upcoming series The Accidental Wolf.
A native of Oklahoma, Ms. O'Hara received a degree in opera. After winning the State Metropolitan Opera Competition, she moved to New York and enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film 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, Ms. O'Hara committed to a production of The Light in the Piazza at Seattle's Intiman Theatre, beginning a 16-year working relationship with Bartlett Sher. The show moved to Broadway in 2005 and earned Ms. O'Hara her first Tony and Drama Desk nominations. She went on to another critical and commercial success 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. Ms. O'Hara starred in the Tony-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.
Among her film and television credits include Blue Bloods, Sex and the City 2, Martin Scorsese's short The Key to Reserva opposite Simon Baker, The Dying Gaul,All Rise (NBC pilot), Alexander Hamilton (Maria Reynolds) starring Brian F. O'Byrne (PBS), NUMB3RS (CBS), All My Children, and the animated series Car Talk. She has also performed as part of the Kennedy Center Honors in tributes to Barbara Cook, Jerry Herman, and Barbra Streisand. Ms. O'Hara's voice can be heard on many cast album recordings, including The Bridges of Madison Country, Nice Work if You Can Get It, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game, Sweet Smell of Success, My Life with Albertine, Dream True, and Jule Styne in Hollywood. She has also released two solo albums: Always and Wonder in the World.
Dan Lipton conducted Sting's The Last Ship on Broadway. He has arranged music and led bands for Audra McDonald, Brian d'Arcy James, Martha Plimpton, Judy Kuhn, and the Drama Desk Awards, performing at the White House, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Kennedy Center, and on Late Show with David Letterman, Great Performances, Today, and Studio 360. Pianist on Grammy-nominated albums The Sunny Side of the Street by John Lithgow, The Full Monty, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mr. Lipton co-produced Kelli O'Hara's album Always.