Actress Kelli O’Hara has been cast in a new role: mom. On Saturday, June 27, the South Pacific star and her actor-singer husband, Greg Naughton, welcomed their first child, Owen James, who weighed in at seven pounds, three ounces.
O'Hara is one of Broadway's fastest-rising leading ladies, receiving Tony Award nominations for her last three critically acclaimed performances in The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game and South Pacific. Other Broadway credits include Jekyll and Hyde, Sweet Smell of Success, Follies and Dracula, the Musical. Last year, she released her first solo CD, Wonder in the World, on Ghostlight Records.
The popular star wrote of her desire for a family in a First Person essay for Broadway.com during the run of The Pajama Game. “It’s something we’ve wanted for a long time,” she says. But she won’t be gone for long: she’s scheduled to return to Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of South Pacific on October 6. Presently, Laura Osnes is playing the part of “cockeyed optimist” Ensign Nellie Forbush.