Four-time Tony Award nominee and Oklahoma native Kelli O’Hara will perform Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes with the The New York Philharmonic early next year, according to the Associated Press.
The Philharmonic announced this week that O’Hara, currently starring in “Nice Work If You Can Get It” at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre, will appear as Julie Jordan in a production of “Carousel” running from Feb. 27 to March 2.
The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical includes such hits as “If I Loved You,” ”June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” O’Hara is set to return to Broadway after “Carousel” closes.
“Carousel” revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with millworker Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs. Joining O’Hara will be Nathan Gunn as Billy Bigelow, Stephanie Blythe as Nettie Fowler and Alexander Gemignani as Enoch Snow. John Rando will direct with Rob Fisher conducting.
O’Hara has been performing many classic songs lately. “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” which opened in April at the Imperial Theatre, features several beloved George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin tunes, including “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I’ve Got to Be There,” “Sweet & Lowdown,” “’S Wonderful,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” Fascinating Rhythm,” and “But Not for Me.” Last month, the musical marked its 200th Broadway performance.
O’Hara was born in Elk City and raised in Edmond; she graduated from Deer Creeks schools and Oklahoma City University. In “Nice Work You Can Get It,” she stars as Billie Bendix, a bootlegger who meets wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter (Matthew Broderick) on the weekend of his nuptials.