PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Gentleman's Guide Star Lisa O'Hare
12 Nov 2013
British stage actress Lisa O'Hare, making her Broadway debut as Sibella Hallward in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
O'Hare originated this role in the Hartford Stage and Old Globe productions.
Stage work includes Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Elliot Norton and Denver Post Ovation Award winner), Gigi in Gigi, Anything Goes, Sally Bowles in Cabaret (LADCC Award winner), Guinevere in Camelot and Maria in The Sound of Music.
Full given name:
Lisa Jane O'Hare
Where you were born/where you were raised:
I was born and raised in Morecambe, a very small seaside town in the Northwest of England.
A Scorpio. I think we get a bad rap.
What your parents did/do for a living:
My dad is an electrician and my mum is a teaching assistant and performer.
Two amazing sisters!
"SPAVING"- spending whilst saving at the same time. Very special skill!
Something you're REALLY bad at:
My husband would say driving but I think speed limits are just a guideline.
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out?
Audrey Hepburn is someone I've always admired. She has that untouchable star quality.
First Broadway/West End show you ever saw:
My auntie Anne took me to Phantom of the Opera in London. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen.
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?
Probably Judi Dench in Cabaret in London. I bet she was a fabulous Sally Bowles.
Some favorite modern musicals:
I recently saw Once and loved it!
Some favorite classic musicals:
My Fair Lady will never get old for me.
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:
My two sisters and a good friend sang for us at our wedding and that I will never forget.
Music that makes you cry, any genre:
I have to admit that I get quite emotional listening to the amazing talent that exists in the New York Subways.
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