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2014
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
Live at Radio City Music Hall

Kelli O'Hara — Nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical


Kelli O'Hara

Show:
Nice Work If You Can Get It

Role:
Billie Bendix, a tough female bootlegger who falls head-over-heels for rich playboy Jimmy Winter after stashing cases of booze in his basement.

Bio Brief:
This radiant leading lady appeared in Jekyll and Hyde, Follies, Sweet Smell of Success and Dracula, the Musical before her breakout performance in The Light in the Piazza. After starring in The Pajama Game and South Pacific, O'Hara secured her position as one of Broadway’s brightest stars.

Other Honors for This Role:

—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Actress in a Musical
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Funny Performance
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Onstage Pair (with Matthew Broderick)
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
—Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance
—Astaire Award nomination for Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Musical

Tony History:
2005: Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, The Light in the Piazza
2006: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, The Pajama Game
2008: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, South Pacific

Fun Fact:
O’Hara and her husband, singer-songwriter Greg Naughton, were set up on a blind date by their mutual friend, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels star Sherie Rene Scott.

Quotable Quote:
"This role is the most like me, definitely. I’m actually a tomboy—I joke that I’m not really a girl, but I play one on stage.... Being tough and no-nonsense is really fun, and it’s also fun to play the humor, which I don’t get asked to do very much." —O’Hara in a Role Call interview with Broadway.com, 5/12

Other Nominees for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical