Tony Nominee and Nice Work Star Kelli O'Hara Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

Playbill.com's new feature series, Their Favorite Things, asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of four-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara, who is currently starring in the award-winning Broadway musical Nice Work If You Can Get It.

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Kelli O'Hara (Laura Marie Duncan)

 

(Clicking on a name bolded in blue will take readers to that actor or show's entry in the Playbill Vault.)

 

Marin Mazzie and Audra McDonald in Ragtime.
Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in <i>Ragtime</i>
Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Ragtime (Joan Marcus)

"It gave me hope for my own
future in this business."

 

 

Anne Heche in Proof
Anne Heche
Anne Heche (2012 NBCUniversal Media, LLC )

"It made me want to be a braver actor."

 

 

Victoria Clark in The Light in the Piazza.

Victoria Clark and Kelli O&#39;Hara in <i>The Light in the Piazza</i>
Victoria Clark and Kelli O'Hara in The Light in the Piazza (Joan Marcus)

"As an audience member, it was like taking a masterclass. As an actor on the stage with her, it was a full masters degree program."

Brian d'Arcy James in Manhattan Theatre Club's The Wild Party
Brian d’Arcy James and Idina Menzel in <i>The Wild Party </i>
Brian d’Arcy James and Idina Menzel in The Wild Party (Joan Marcus)

"I decided that if I could just work with him, I would have it made."

 

 

Stockard Channing in Other Desert Cities.
Judith Light and Stockard Channing in <i>Other Desert Cities</i>
Judith Light and Stockard Channing in Other Desert Cities (Joan Marcus)

"I couldn't see her acting, not once. I only heard the story."

 

 

The Horses in War Horse

The company of <i>War Horse</i>
The company of War Horse (Paul Kolnik)


"My mind was completely transported by the physical artistry and those who embodied it."

 

 

Jesse Mueller in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.
Jessie Mueller in <i>On a Clear Day You Can See Forever</i>
Jessie Mueller in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Paul Kolnik)

"I felt like I was watching and hearing the birth of a star."

 

Danny Burstein in The Drowsy Chaperone. 
(not to mention Follies, South Pacific, etc.)
Danny Burstein and Beth Leavel in <i>The Drowsy Chaperone</i>
Danny Burstein and Beth Leavel in The Drowsy Chaperone (Joan Marcus)

"I literally bent down and kissed his feet."

 

Mandy Patinkin in Sunday in the Park with George.
Mandy Patinkin in <i>Sunday in the Park with George </i>
Mandy Patinkin in Sunday in the Park with George (Martha Swope)

"I never saw it live in a theatre as I was a mere child, but it was hauntingly hot (which now seems inappropriate to say)."

 

 

Laura Linney in Time Stands Still
Laura Linney in <i>Time Stands Still</i>
Laura Linney in Time Stands Still (Joan Marcus)

"For me, Laura Linney in anything is worth writing about."