So I’ve been working on a book for Kelli and I’m trying to get some quotes from all (or many) of her fans!
It could be anything you would want Kelli to know.. whether it’s generally about her, her talent, Bridges, another show, etc.
If you’d like to be included (which I would love and appreciate), please submit your quote in my ask box! There is no space limit. If your quote exceeds the ask box limit, let me know in the ask box and I will give you an email to send it to! With your quote, also tell me your name (and your age/country if you would like).
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She has worked her ass off to get to where she is. She didn’t just wake up one day and become a Broadway star. She went to school, she went to auditions on her lunch break, she did tours, she played understudies. She made a goal to be taught by the “Bird Lady” and that’s what she did. She took risks, one of them being the decision to move to New York.
She is passionate about theater and the family of theater. She cares about her fellow actor friends. She is not one to destroy someone in order to get a part. Laura Benanti explained a concept in her recent Show People interview that if you are trying to climb up to the top, you will never get there if you are spending your time pushing other women down. Get to the top and then start pulling people up. When I think of that, I immediately think of Kelli. Her passion for theater shows when she expresses herself about her roles or even the Tony Awards. No doubt would winning a Tony be a dream come true for Kelli, but it isn’t necessary. She isn’t in this business to win awards, she is in this business because she loves what she does. That opportunity of getting on that stage and accepting a Tony would be special because in that moment, Kelli would be able to thank those that are important to her.
She is the definition of classic. She is part of the reason why people still adore Rodgers and Hammerstein. She is why I fell in love with Rodgers and Hammerstein. Carousal, South Pacific, The King and I, Oklahoma, the list goes on (someone please cast Kelli as Maria in a production of The Sound of Music, thank you). She is keeping classic theater alive with her beautiful operatic, soprano voice.
She is hilarious. I love that she knows when to be serious and when to be goofy. I love her selfies and heads up videos and Cher impression. She knows how to be professional and how to not take everything seriously and crack a few jokes - and that is why she can play such diverse roles. She can be emotional and intense as Francesca and a moment later she’s singing Gershwin and rolling off a bed in Nice Work If You Can Get. That isn’t in the correct time order, but you get what I’m saying.
She is family-oriented. Her craft and career are a huge part of her life, but far from her entire life. Like her husband Greg said in this video, “One of the greatest compliments I can give Kelli is that she is not an actress in real life.” When Kelli gets on that stage, she will give her all to not only perform the songs in the best way possible, but play the character in the best way possible. She is both a top-notch singer and actress - it isn’t one or the other. When she is at home though, she lives a humble life with Greg and her two beautiful children and that is part of the reason why she is so genuine - she has a great foundation at home.
Wrapping it all together, She is a true role-model. She is a hard-worker who has climbed her way in the Broadway business with her talent and down-to-earth personality. She isn’t acting like a diva and spamming the internet with sexy photos for attentions. She’s genuine and caring and grateful for all that she has accomplished. She has an incredible family and has proven that having a successful career and family is possible. It inspires me so much and it’s such a relief to see that marriage and family can still work. This was all really confirmed to me when I finally met Kelli last year. She took the time to look right at me and listen to what I had to say and I thought that was just so incredible. I’ve met so many performers, some of them not even looking up to see who you are. Kelli is not like that and in that moment, I really realized how genuine of a person she is. Thank you KellI! It’s an honor to be a fan of you.
Not sure why I decided to write this tonight, but I hope y’all like it! I’m sure many of you agree. Maybe it’s because I decided to listen to “Almost Real” and that always gets my emotional.
"I’m going to do my job and be the mother that I am in real life to these little kids" (characters Wendy, Michael and John). Sweetly she adds. “I’m a believer too… I’m the one of the people who starts to clap for the fairy, so I’m going to be there with bold genuine appreciation of the situation” (x)
"Live and let love." - Five time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara (The Bridges of Madison County, 2015’s The King and I) for NOH8
Kelli O’Hara attends the 2014 Manhattan Theatre Club Spring Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 19, 2014 in New York City.