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Tony Nominees Share Their Favorite Musicals

Favorite Musicals

Tony Nominees Share Their Favorite Musicals

Five Tony nominees pick their favorite Hollywood musicals.


Kelli O'Hara's Favorite Musicals

The Sound of Music

I grew up on this musical. For some reason it has become a family tradition to watch it together at Christmas. It was my Grandma's favorite as well. So that makes it special.


I was born and raised in Oklahoma. It was the first live musical I ever saw. I also grew up on a farm, I'm a soprano, and wanted to BE "Laurey.". This one is just a given:). And it was my first introduction to Shirley Jones.


I don't know too many kids of my generation who didn't LOVE Grease. Or at least find it somehow fascinating in a pop culture kind of way. For a Rogers and Hammerstein movie lover like me, Grease was like watching an R-rated movie:) Well, sort of:)


I think this brought the movie musical back. It was incredibly well-made. I would have loved to see the actual stars of the theatrical production play the parts, but the film stars were fantastic, obviously. It was a very sexy way to see a musical, and I loved that.


Yes, another Rogers and Hammerstein musical but so very worthy. This has some of the most gorgeous music ever written. The overture alone gets me. Plus, Shirley Jones teams up with Gordan McRae again, and they were my ultimate singing Gods as a kid.
Kelli O'Hara
Kelli O'Hara - LEADPHOTO

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.

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