THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Nominee and Nice Work Star Kelli O'Hara Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
September 5, 2012

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.



 

(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.

 

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

 

 

Anne Heche in Proof

 

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

 

 

Victoria Clark in The Light in the Piazza.

 

"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

 

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

 

 

Stockard Channing in Other Desert Cities.

 

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

 

 

The Horses in War Horse

 

"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.

 

"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.)

 

"I literally bent down and kissed his feet."

 

Mandy Patinkin in Sunday in the Park with George.

 

"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

 

 

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