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When three time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara sings, people listen! People listen so intently they are taken away from their daily lives to another world, a world of extraordinary talent, beauty and passion. I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Kelli after her triumphant opening night of her one woman show “Beyond the Ingenue” at Feinstein’s at the Regency (click here for my review).

From Oklahoma to New York City, Kelli O’Hara moved here to pursue her dream of becoming a performer and a performer she has become, in every sense of the word! Kelli made her Broadway debut in “Jekyll & Hyde” then going on to star in “Follies,” “Sweet Smell of Success,” and “Dracula.” Kelli earned her three Tony Award nominations in a row: her first nomination was for her performance in “The Light in the Piazza” co-starring Matthew Morrison, she received her second nomination for her performance in “The Pajama Game” co-starring Harry Connick Jr, and her third nomination was for her performance in “South Pacific,” co-starring Paulo Szot and Matthew Morrison.

In between “The Pajama Game” & “South Pacific,” Kelli made her Carnegie Hall debut in the NY Philharmonic production of “My Fair Lady” and released her debut album “Wonder in the World.” Kelli then went on to perform solo concerts at some of the biggest halls in New York and DC including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Cooper Union, Joe’s Pub, and Cafe Carlyle.

Off-Broadway and regionally, Kelli has been seen in “Sunday in the Park with George” (Reprise) “My Life With Albertine” (Playwright’s Horizons), and “Beauty” (La Jolla Playhouse). In addition to theatre, Kelli’s film and television credits include “The Dying Gaul,” “Alexander Hamilton,” “NUMB3RS,” “All My Children,” and the upcoming animated series “Car Talk.”

There are two chances now to catch Kelli live on stage: Now through October 30 at Feinstein’s at the Regency in her one woman show “Beyond the Ingenue” and then November 18-21 in “Bells Are Ringing” at Encores! For more on Kelli, be sure to visit http://www.kelliohara.com.

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My voice teacher Florence Birdwell in Oklahoma. She’s pretty amazing. She was my mentor and inspired me to come here and do what I’m doing.

2. What’s the highest and lowest note you can sing? Well, I sang a high F above high C in “Magic Flute,” an opera. The lowest note I sing is probably F below middle C.

3. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Mmmm…Hugh Jackman because I almost have worked with him a few times and it just hasn’t worked out yet. I would also love to work with Megan Mullally.

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I would be a teacher. I love teaching. I teach, but not full time, just when I can. What do you teach? I teach musical theatre master classes.

5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? No one’s me. So I’m the only one who can do things the way I do them.  So be proud of it and sell it.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? Jogging.

7. Favorite skin care product? Clinique Exfoliating scrub.

8. Favorite store to shop in? Anthropology for sure.

9. Favorite website? Etsy.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My husband, Greg Naughton.

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can imitate people’s walks almost perfectly.

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Chad KimballActor, singer, and entrepreneur, Chad Kimball stretches across many avenues. On Broadway, Chad has starred in Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine’s “Into The Woods” as “Milky White, the Cow,” garnering a spot on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Entertainment.” Other Broadway credits include “Lennon,” “The Civil War,” and “Good Vibrations.” Off-Broadway Chad has been seen in “Godspell,” “My Life with Albertine,” “Batboy,” and “Finian’s Rainbow.” Regionally, Chad has performed in Signature Theatre’s production of “Sweeney Todd” in Arlington, VA, Papermill Playhouse’s “Baby” in Millburn, NJ, and the Blank Theatre’s “Little Fish” in Los Angles, CA.  While in CA, Chad and his brother Todd founded “Obvious Clothing,” (a line I personally am a proud wearer of) an “elegantly edgy”, high end graphic t-shirt line. Their shirts can be found at department stores and boutiques across the country including Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Von Maur, Fred Segal Melrose, Barney’s Japan, and M. Frederic. In addition to the many cast albums Chad has lent his vocals to, he is in the midst of recording his debut solo album due out in February 2010, but before that, you can hear him sing his heart out in the new Broadway show “Memphis” which opens tomorrow, Monday, October 19 at the Shubert Theatre on 44th Street in NYC (click here for my fantastical review). For more on Chad, visit http://www.chadkimball.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My cousin Marty lived in NYC and was a triple threat. I was enamored by his talents.

2. When did you realize you wanted to become a performer? When I played Joe Crowell in “Our Town.”

3. What is your most embarrassing audition? For “Producers”. Fell flat and wasn’t funny…in front of Mel Brooks!

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can roll my belly like a wave.

5. Favorite way to say in shape? Playing Huey Calhoun in “Memphis.”

6. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. Hanes.

7. Favorite musician/performer? Peter O’Toole.

8. Favorite TV Show? The Cosby Show.

9. Favorite kind of shoes? Flip Flops.

10. “Gobots” or “Transformers”? Transformers.

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