Caroline O'Connor, who is Velma Kelly in the Broadway company of Chicago, hopes to continue working in the New York theatre after her run in the Kander and Ebb musical ends Jan. 19.
During an interview for Playbill On-Line's "Diva Talk," the award-winning Australian actress said, "There are a couple of pieces that I've been doing in Australia that I really love doing. There's an original play that was written for me called Bombshells, a one-woman play about six different female characters. It's a fantastic piece of writing, and I'd love to get someone interested in doing that here, maybe Off-Broadway, to show another side of what I've been doing over these last, gosh, 20 years."
Bombshells was written by Melbourne playwright Joanna Murray Smith, who penned the short-lived 1998 Broadway play Honour that brought Jane Alexander back to the stage. O'Connor describes the characters in Bombshells thusly: "There's a mother character, there's a woman that's been dumped, there's a young bride, there's a young girl that wants to be a star, there's a widow and a diva, a B-grade cabaret diva [Laughs]. They are all really diverse and great fun [with] totally different accents. They all come from different parts of the world, so it's a great showcase piece, [and] I'd love to get someone interested in that."
O'Connor also mentioned that she would like to perform Piaf — a show she had great success with in Australia — on these shores as well.
Caroline O'Connor is currently making her Broadway debut as Velma Kelly in Kander and Ebb's Chicago, a role she also played in the Australian production, where she was awarded the MO Award and the Green Room Award for Best Actress in a Musical. O'Connor received an Olivier Award nomination for her performance as Mabel Normand in the West End production of Jerry Herman's Mack and Mabel, and her other theatrical credits include roles in West Side Story, Piaf and Bombshells. The actress singer-dancer portrayed Nini Legs in acclaimed film "Moulin Rouge," and her solo recordings include "What I Did for Love," "A Tribute to Piaf" and "Stage to Screen." A complete interview with Caroline O'Connor will be featured in the Dec. 6 "Diva Talk" column on Playbill On-Line.