A selection of Tony Award Winner Kelli O’Hara’s credits:
Francesca Johnson (The Bridges of Madison County 2014) • Nellie Forbush (South Pacific 2008) • Clara Johnson (The Light in the Piazza 2005) • Anna Leonowens (The King and I 2015) • Cathy Whitaker (Far From Heaven 2013) • Babe Williams (The Pajama Game 2006) • Billie Bendix (Nice Work If You Can Get It 2012) • Julie Jordan (Carousel 2013)
If you follow this blog at all, you will know that I am a huge Kelli O'Hara fan. I happen to think she is one of the most talented ladies of this musical theater generation, and her voice and acting style are reminiscent of a style that we don’t often see anymore. Far From Heaven was an incredible vehicle for her. Her portrayal of Cathy Whitaker was multi-layered and incredibly natural. She was luminescent. I sat close to the stage, and the pain and understanding in her eyes was stunning. My favorite moment of the show was “Tuesdays, Thursdays,” where she stood on the stage by herself, and her voice soared in heartbreak. It was breathtaking.
That was the day I stopped believing in love. That kind of love. The love in books and films. The love that tells us to abandon our lives and plans, all for one brief touch of Venus. So often we fail at that kind of love. The world seems too fragile a place for it. Perhaps it’s just that we are too fragile