Best Performance for a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kelli O'Hara, who has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway's great ingénues, has had a busy year with her critically acclaimed performance of Eliza Doolittle in the New York Philharmonic production of My Fair Lady; her Carnegie Hall debut; and the completion of her first album. A native of Oklahoma, O'Hara received a degree in Opera, and after winning the State Metropolitan Opera Competition moved to New York and enrolled in the Lee Strasberg 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, O'Hara committed to a production of The Light in the Piazza at Seattle's Intiman Theatre.
After the show landed on Broadway in 2005, O'Hara earned her first Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. She moved from one huge critical and commercial success to another when she joined Harry Connick 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. In addition to her Carnegie Hall debut, O'Hara has performed at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Cooper Union, and Joe's Pub; her recordings include The Light in the Piazza and The Pajama Game, both of which were Grammy nominated, and an upcoming solo album.
To mark her Tony nomination, FilmInFocus asked Kelli to choose her five favorite movie musicals.