Recent credits include Gypsy (Rose), Follies (Phyllis), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Assassins (Sarah Jane Moore) and Chicago (Velma). She has appeared in London's West End in Mack and Mabel (Mabel) (Olivier nomination), On The Town (Hildy), Street Scene, Matador, The Rink, Cabaret, Me and My Girl, Show Boat (RSC), Damn Yankees, Baby, Into the Woods and A Chorus Line.
Full given name:
Caroline Ann O’Connor
Where you were born/where you were raised:
I was born in Oldham, Lancashire in the UK, but I was raised from the age of four in Australia. Firstly Adelaide, then Sydney.
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
What your parents did/do for a living:
Both my mother and father worked for Qantas Airlines for many years. Dad was in cargo and my mum was in the staff canteen. This allowed us to travel extensively.
One sister Terry, ten years older, and two brothers, Vincent and Kenneth, eight and nine years older. I was an accident.
Current Audition Song:
No particular song currently, but when I was young I always sang "Looking Through the Eyes of Love" from the movie "Ice Castles." Surprisingly, it got me a lot of work! I have some great monologues from a one-woman play that was written for me called "Bombshells."
I can sing in French. I can make a chicken out of a towel. That’s about it.
Something you're REALLY bad at:
Anything to do with computers. If I am not onstage, I have absolutely no sense of direction.
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out?
My dancing teachers Joy and Dawn Ransley were truly wonderful. We are still close. They taught me all the genres: classical ballet, tap, jazz and Irish dancing. They prepared me well for any opportunity that might come along.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Pippin
Favorite showtune(s) of all time:
Not possible to answer.
Some favorite modern musicals:
A Chorus Line, Chicago
Some favorite classic musicals:
West Side Story, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Follies, Mack & Mabel
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:
Liza Minnelli at the London Palladium. She was incredible.
Music that makes you cry, any genre:
Erik Satie’s "Gymnopedie No 1" and "Romeo and Juliet" by Prokofiev
MAC or PC?
Most played song on your iPod:
"All or Nothing at All" by Kurt Elling. I adore his voice.
Google. Playbill. carolineoconnor.com (hint hint)
Last book you read:
"Nutrition for Dummies." "Fifty Sheds of Grey" (Yes I said "Sheds")