PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Gentleman's Guide Star Lisa O'Hare

By Matthew Blank
12 Nov 2013

MAC or PC? Being a technophobe, MAC has saved my life.
Most played song on your iPod: At the moment it's Ed Sheeran's "Lego House"
Last book you read: "Just Kids" by Patti Smith
Must-see TV show(s): "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men," "The Midwife"
Last good movie you saw: "Afternoon Delight." Such beautiful acting!
Some films you consider classics: "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
"Roman Holiday"
"The Wizard of Oz"
Three favorite cities: Paris, Venice, NYC!!!
Favorite sport/team/player: WHO DEY!?
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: I think it was just something I have felt for as long as I can remember. There is nothing else in the world I would rather do.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I like to steam with my Dr. Nelson's porcelain steamer, do a ten to fifteen minute vocal warm-up and fifteen minutes of flow yoga.
Most challenging role you have ever played: They have all had their own set of challenges. Mary Poppins was physically demanding, Eliza was vocally tough and I think Sally Bowles was emotionally the biggest challenge.
Craziest audition story: Having to go to the writer's apartment to retrieve an iPod from a gym bag to learn a new song for a call back the next day. CRAZY!
What initially drew you to this project? The script was hilarious! And it was soo authentically British. It also had a naughtiness about it that I just loved!
What has been the biggest challenge about this show, and what has been the most fun or fulfilling aspect? The biggest challenge has been trying to do this wonderfully complexed character justice. The most fun aspect is getting to play with this wonderful cast everyday and wearing Linda Cho's exquisite gowns.
How does it feel to finally make your Broadway debut after working so extensively in the UK and regional theatre? As an actor, it is really something to just stay working and I feel completely blessed to have been given so many wonderful opportunities in the UK and now here in the States.

Honestly, I don't think it has sunk in yet. To be making my Broadway debut in this spectacular show and originating such a wonderful role. Lets just say I'm a happy girl!

Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Roxie Hart
Leading man role you'd like a shot at: Monty Navarro
Something about you that surprises people: I moved away from home and went to The Royal Ballet School at age 11.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: From one of my favorite Martha Graham quotes that lives on my fridge:

"No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”