Kelli O’Hara to perform at the PAC

Bella Lee, Staff writer

As part of the spectacular Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture (MIAC) Live series, Broadway superstar Kelli O’Hara is coming to Mercyhurst on Thursday, March 2. Originally slated to come to Mercyhurst last May, MIAC is more than thrilled to have her grace the stage this spring. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, one of O’Hara’s first professional roles was in the U.S. National Tour of “Jekyll and Hyde.” Her other Broadway roles include “Follies,” “The Light in the Piazza,” “South Pacific,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “The King and I” and “Kiss Me, Kate.” O’Hara has been nominated for a Tony Award seven times, winning Best Actress in a Musical in 2015 for “The King and I” for her portrayal of Anna Leonowens. Additionally, O’Hara has had a successful career in opera, per- forming in “The Merry Widow,” “Dido and Aeneas,” “Così fan tutte” and “The Hours.” Besides the Tonys, she has also been nominated for a variety of Drama Desk Awards, Emmy Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, Drama League Awards, Evening Standard Theatre Awards, and Laurence Olivi- er Awards, becoming an honoree for the Drama League Award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre in 2019. Outside of the stage, O’Hara has had an impressive career in film and TV. Her movies credits include “The Dying Gaul,” “Sex and the City 2” and “All the Bright Places,” while some of her TV credits include “Blue Bloods” and “13 Reasons Why.” O’Hara received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Katie Bonner in Topic’s hit web series, “The Accidental Wolf,” and can currently be seen as Aurora Fane on HBO’s critically acclaimed series, “The Gilded Age.” Her concerts have gained international acclaim, spanning from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo. She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts and The Ken- Kennedy Center Honors and per- forms often alongside The New York Philharmonic and The New York Pops. O’Hara also has two solo al-bums released by Ghostlight Records called “Always,” and “Wonder in the World.” O’Hara and her husband, Greg Naughton, have two children who have an amazing role model of a mother to look up to. Students are able to attend this show for free if they go to the Box Office between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. O’Hara is a giant in the Broadway world, so this is a per- performance you would not want to miss! Tickets are free for Mercyhurst Students with their student I.D.s. Tickets for non-students range from $40-$55 for adults, $35-$50 for seniors, $30-$45 got non-Mercyhurst students and $30-$45 for youth. You will not want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see an amazing performer sing live right here on campus. Be sure to grab your ticket be- fore they sell out and check out the rest of the MIAC lineup for the rest of the Spring 2023 season!