Broadway star and three-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara will be in Wichita Sunday to perform a concert to help kick off Music Theatre of Wichita's 40th anniversary season.
Here's what you need to know about her:
1) O'Hara most recently played Nurse Nellie in the first Broadway revival of "South Pacific" in 60 years. She made her Broadway debut in "Jekyll and Hyde" in 2000 and went on to appear in Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" (2001), "Sweet Smell of Success: the Musical" (2002) and "Dracula: the Musical." She earned her first Tony nomination for "The Light in the Piazza" (2005) and her second for "The Pajama Game" (2006).
2) A native Oklahoman, she credits her success in large part to her two summers as a college student in Music Theatre of Wichita's resident troupe. Among the shows she appeared in were "Brigadoon," "Oliver" and "Most Happy Fella."
3) O'Hara has made nonmusical appearances on television in such shows as NBC's "Blue Blood," CBS's "Numb3rs" and PBS's "Alexander Hamilton." She's worked in film in "The Dying Gaul" with Patricia Clarkson and a short called "The Key to Reserva" directed by Martin Scorsese.
4) Appearing with her Sunday will be Damon Kirsche, who starred in MTW's recent productions of "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot." Conducting the MTW orchestra will be Thomas W. Douglas.
O'Hara will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday in Century II Concert Hall. Tickets are $20 and $40 through the Music Theatre box office at 316-265-3107.