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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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Nominated for a 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his role in the Broadway revival of “Ragtime,” Bobby Steggert is another next generation performer whose star is shining brightly! He has also starred in the Broadway productions of “110 in the Shade” (for which he received a Outer Critics Circle nomination) and “‘Master Harold’…and the boys.” Bobby just completed a triumphant run in the York Theatre’s production of “Yank: A World War II Love Story” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Nancy Anderson). Other Off-Broadway credits include his Drama Desk nominated performance in “The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island” at the Vineyard Theatre, “columbinus” at NYTW, and the New Group’s production of “The Music Teacher.” Bobby has also performed with the NY Philharmonic in “Camelot” and “Sondheim: The Birthday Concert” both filmed for PBS. In addition to theatre, Bobby has lit up the screen in film and television including “All My Children” (Sam Grey), “The Namesake,” “Game Six,” “Night Swimming,” and “Kinsey.” Keep your eyes peeled because Bobby’s gearing up for his next endeavor…until that’s announced, be sure to follow him on Twitter!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My parents, who admittedly have zero artistic talent, were ultimately my inspiration, because they instilled in me the true belief that I was capable of succeeding at what I loved. They had nothing but trust in my potential, and in my dedication to theater, and I carry that confidence with me wherever I go.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I have no low notes..probably a B on a good day, or when I’m sick.  But I can get up there – B flat in full voice, much higher in falsetto.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Denis O’Hare and Brian D’Arcy James. I couldn’t choose.

4. What is your proudest moment? The first preview of 110 in the Shade. I simply couldn’t believe my dreams had come true in such a vivid and exciting way.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’m a surprisingly good bowler. My friends in college named me Turkey Bob because I would consistently get Turkeys (3 strikes in a row) when we’d play.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? I’m pretty lax about that. But if I’m thinking about it, it’s more about avoiding really crappy food.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs always.

8. Favorite play/musical? Caroline, or Change and Streetcar Named Desire.

9. Favorite website? www.overheardinnewyork.com – hilarious.  And my best friend loves reading missed connections on Craigslist which I think is really fascinating as well.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? I am not a comic book kind of guy. So I’d say neither. But Superman if you held me at gunpoint.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite TV show? “Mad Men.”

12. Favorite quote? Appropriate during Sondheim Appreciation Month……”Anything you do, let it come from you, then it will be new.  Give us more to see.”  Sunday in the Park with George.

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