Tony Winner Kelli O’Hara on Why Her Broadway Turn in Kiss Me, Kate Will Be Good for Her Soul

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 30, 2019 Front Row Watch Broadway.com’s Front Row segment on O’Hara! Kelli O’Hara on Front Row with Paul Wontorek (Photo by Caitlin McNaney) Kelli O’Hara & Will Chase at the 2016 benefit concert of Kiss Me, Kate (Photo by Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Since her Tony triumph in King and I, O’Hara has been receiving acclaim for TV work—playing the mother of a suicide victim on the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why as well as an Emmy-nominated turn on the boundary-breaking web series The Accidental Wolf. After the darkness of her recent work, she is looking forward to living in the joy of Kiss Me, Kate, starting February 14 at Studio 54.“The idea of going to do a musical comedy for a while is actually not just a career move,” she explains. “But it’s going to be an emotional move that is good for my soul.” Star Files  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:15Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -7:15 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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I tend not to do that unless I go home and go to bed for the rest of the day! But I’m proud that we recorded it because I think it was beautiful. The theater kind of looked like the grandness of the sets. It all fit together so beautifully.”O’Hara reunited in London with Broadway co-stars Ken Watanabe as the King and Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang. Miles kept her commitment to the production months after surviving the auto accident that killed her four-year-old daughter and unborn child. “I think [King and I director] Bart Sher kind of forced her, in a way, to just get up and come” O’Hara says. “And I’m sure it wasn’t easy, but she showed up and she was gorgeous.”center_img Kelli O’Hara Kelli O’Hara (Photo by Caitlin McNaney) Over two decades on the stage, Kelli O’Hara has built a formidable career, and is one of the leading musical stars of her generation. And after six (!) nominations, the legit powerhouse finally landed a Tony Award in 2015 for playing Anna in The King and I, a performance she just reprised in London’s West End. For her first time back on the boards since that triumph, O’Hara has a chosen a lusty musical comedy role: Lilli Vanessi in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate.“She’s larger than life,” O’Hara says. “But I want to try to put every bit of humanity that I can into her.” Vanessi is a vain actress forced to hit the road in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, playing Kate opposite the Petruchio of her warring ex-husband, Fred Graham (Tony nominee Will Chase). “I want to really get inside the love story,” she explains. “And why they’re both still hanging on because obviously they are.” Related Shows Kiss Me, Kate  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:59Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -4:59 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglish Audio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Broadway.com Bonus: Watch O’Hara sing “So In Love” from Kiss Me, Kate The 1948 classic, the first to ever named Best Musical by the Tony Awards, was last seen on Broadway in an acclaimed 1999 revival starring Brian Stokes Mitchell and the late Marin Mazzie, which O’Hara attended when she was an aspiring performer. “I can see her in my mind,” she remembers, calling the Tony-nominated performance “brilliant.” “She was just so spunky and energetic.” Mazzie’s final Broadway performance was as Anna in The King and I, replacing O’Hara at the end of her run in 2016 during her battle with ovarian cancer. “She’s such a hero of mine,” O’Hara says. “The idea of doing [this show] helps me honor her in some way.”Inspired by husband-and-wife stars Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Kiss Me, Kate gleams great comedy from the tumultuous relationship between Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham. But some of the famous scenes, like when Fred puts Lilli over his knee and spanks her, require review in 2019. No wonder director Scott Ellis has enlisted Tony-nominated writer Amanda Green to join the creative team and adjust the original book by legendary librettists Sam and Bella Spewack. “We just want it to be the best version that we can do,” O’Hara says. “We’re going to try to make it fresh, we have great ideas. It’s gonna be exciting.”last_img read more

Challenge Family arrives in UK

first_img Related On Sunday 18 September, the Challenge Family will launch in the UK with up to 1,000 athletes competing in the inaugural Challenge Henley-on-Thames, completing a 3.8K swim, 180K bike and 42.2K run in the picturesque English countryside.The Swimovate swim, starting at Henley Business School, is a straight out and back, on the famous Henley Royal Regatta rowing course. The three-lap bike course on closed roads through the rolling Chiltern hills promises to provide a test of bike skills combined with fast times.The four-lap run is a flat course through the quintessentially English town of Henley on Thames, and over the Henley Bridge, which will afford great views down the river. The run will then head through Remenham on to private land along to Aston, and back to town along the Thames towpath passing the iconic Temple Island.Pro male athletes include: the UK’s Stephen Bayliss, who recently won Challenge Vichy; local athlete Sam Gardner, XTERRA Champion; as well as the legendary Lothar Leder from Germany, winner of nine ironman races; plus Aaron Farlow who won this year’s Ironman UK. The women’s field includes Yvette Grice, winner of Ironman UK 2010; and local girl Lou Collins, age group winner in Hawaii, who will be up against athletes including Susanne Buckenlei winner of the Norsemann Triathlon and Candice Hammond from New Zealand who came 4th at Challenge Cairns.Live results are available on race day at www.challengehenley.com.Challenge Henley-on-Thames is part of the global Challenge Family series of long distance triathlons that features 13 races over three continents and includes the world’s largest iron distance race, Challenge Roth.www.challenge-family.comlast_img read more

Talk Amongst Yourselves: How do you feel about the outcome of Tuesday’s elections in NEJC?

first_imgPrairie Village City Council candidate Jori Nelson celebrated with supporters after her win in Tuesday’s election over incumbent Dale Warman.Last night’s elections will usher in a slew of new faces to the Mission, Prairie Village and Westwood City Council Chambers.What are you hoping to see from the newly elected officials? Are you particularly excited about one of the winners? Do you have any concerns about any of them? What issue will be most pressing for the new office holders to address in your city in the coming year?[poll id=”93″]Talk Amongst Yourselves is shawneemissionpost.com’s daily conversation starter for northeast Johnson County. Have a topic you’d like to suggest?Email us!last_img

Shawnee Mission prepares to roll out changes to tech initiative as some parent concerns persist

first_imgApproximately 1,600 SM East students received MacBook Airs as part of the first deployment in district history last year. This year, the district will complete the 1:1 device rollout by adding 23 elementary schools to the program.Distributing brand new laptops and iPads to thousands of students for the first time even as part of its digital learning initiative was no small undertaking for the Shawnee Mission School District.Register to continuelast_img

7 content marketing questions credit unions must answer

first_imgby: James Robert LayDuring a recent phone call, I was asked how a bank’s marketing department could get their digital marketing budget increased. They were looking to use content marketing but were getting resistance from others on the executive team, including the CFO and CEO.It was a good question. And I think we can all benefit from it.What’s the point of content marketing anyway?Simply put, content marketing is just another kind of marketing activity that, if executed properly, should help your bank or credit union achieve one of four key goals for growth:Build digital brandAttract leadsConvert leadsGrow share of walletIf your content marketing is not directly impacting one of these goals, it’s probably a waste of time and finding the resources to fund it will be a challenge.Furthermore, your content marketing should educate, inform and inspire those who read or watch the content, translating into achieving your specific growth goals.Content marketing can help your bank or credit union tell stories that sell, increase leads and grow share of wallet. And this is one reason we stress the importance of having a content marketing plan.What bank and credit union executives really care aboutContent marketing is a means to an end. Bank and credit union executives could care less about clicks, likes and shares.To help you in your content marketing planning efforts, the following seven questions are a good test to see if your bank or credit union is ready to use content marketing:Will your content increase digital consumer awareness?Will your content increase leads at the top of the funnel? continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Jones Lang LaSalle Completes Land Sale For 600K SF Spec Industrial Building

first_imgThe Phoenix office of Jones Lang LaSalle has completed a 38-acre land sale in Phoenix’s Southwest Valley that, by early 2013, will be home to approximately 600,000 SF of speculative, state-of-the-art industrial space.Managing Directors Anthony J. Lydon, SIOR, and Marc Hertzberg, SIOR, of Jones Lang LaSalle represented the property buyer, Seefried Industrial Properties, Inc. The seller’s agent is Rich Sica of Daum Commercial.The site, located at the NEC of 63rd Ave. and Sherman Way in Phoenix, was acquired by a venture between USAA Real Estate Company and Seefried Industrial Properties. The venture will proceed with the development of Estrella Logistics Center, a speculative $30M, 592,500 SF, cross-dock distribution building.“Seefried and USAA are specialists in developing, leasing and managing premier industrial logistics projects,” Lydon said. “They are experts at knowing what to build and where to build it, and they have chosen an exceptional time to deliver speculative industrial product in Phoenix.”According to Jones Lang LaSalle research, there is approximately 6 MSF of current user demand in Phoenix for requirements of 100,000 SF or more; however, supply has not kept up with demand. As such, the market experienced an anaemic first quarter, with just 92,598 SF of net industrial absorption as compared to a total 6.9 MSF of net industrial absorption in 2011.“The only local industrial construction that we’ve seen completed this year falls in the single-tenant, build-to-suit category,” Hertzberg said. “This does little to satisfy this market’s broader demand for large blocks of space. This will be the key driver for new Phoenix speculative industrial development in 2012.”Jones Lang LaSalle reports that demand for larger industrial spaces in the Southwest is the strongest among national retailers, food and beverage distributors, solar and e-commerce businesses. This is due in large part to Phoenix’s proximity to California, its 30 to 40% lower business costs, and the availability of quality land that is also near the market’s many accessible transportation lines.The future Estrella Logistics Center site will be fully improved with all of the modern logistics amenities expected by the supply chain industry. The project sits just south of Interstate 10, between the 59th and 67th avenues full interchanges.Construction on Estrella Logistics Center is slated to begin in October and will be completed by May 2013. For occupancy, Seefried and USAA plan to pursue corporate employers seeking a scalable space solution.last_img read more

Grumpy Young Men

first_imgTIME:This will come as a big surprise to all those wives and girlfriends out there: a new study finds that men in uniform – even absent combat – are harder to get along with than civilian guys.Military men tend to be more aggressive, more competitive, less concerned with others’ feelings, less neurotic and less likely to worry than their civilian brothers, according to a study in the journal Psychological Science.This could be a good thing, the study notes.Read the whole story: TIMElast_img

How Americans get wiser with age… but the Japanese are as wise as they’ll ever be by 25

first_imgThe Daily Mail: It is commonly thought that age brings wisdom.And this is largely true, it seems – unless you are Japanese. In which case, by the time you are 25, you are likely to be just as wise as your elders, an astonishing new study reveals.Americans, however, are more conventional and develop deep understanding over time, according to research by the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.In one of the tests, designed to measure five crucial aspects of reasoning,  U.S. citizens’ scores improved by 22 per cent over 50 years.Read the whole story: The Daily Mail More of our Members in the Media >last_img

Why does ‘CEO’ mean ‘white male’?

first_imgLos Angeles Times: A pedestrian holding a map approaches you and asks for directions. You engage in a short conversation, which is briefly interrupted when two workers walk between you carrying a door. A second later, you continue your conversation.What you don’t notice is that the pedestrian is now someone else. Yep, that’s right: A different person took his place when the door passed between you. And you didn’t even notice. In fact, fully 50% of people who participated in this 1998 experiment by psychologist Daniel Simons were blind to the switch.Why did so many people fail to notice such an obvious change? Because we see what we expect to see, and we don’t expect to see people we’re chatting with morph suddenly into other people. The “default assumption” is that they stay the same.It’s like that old riddle about the man who drives his son to a baseball game, and the car gets stuck on the railroad tracks. A train comes, the father is killed but the child survives, though in critical condition. When paramedics get him to the hospital, the doctor says: “I can’t operate on this boy; he’s my son.”Read the whole story: Los Angeles Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Infidelity perceptions differ between men and women

first_imgShare on Twitter New research published in Sexual & Relationship Therapy has uncovered the different ways in which men and women perceive infidelity.Infidelity can lead to relationship dissatisfaction and breakdown, though in some cases the problems may be caused by the different ways in which individuals define infidelity. The authors, based in the USA, sought to better understand potential perceptions of infidelity. They found that “women were more likely than men to identify both sexual-based and emotion-based acts as constituting infidelity.”354 undergraduate psychology students completed an online questionnaire, which aimed to assess their personality and how this related to their perceptions of infidelity and their sensitivity to rejection. The questionnaire, through different categories of question, categorised infidelity in three ways – sexual infidelity, intimate infidelity, and fantasy infidelity.The authors suggest that their finding that women were more likely to identify certain acts as infidelity is unsurprising given that the women scored higher than the men on measures of ‘communion’ – “the extent to which a person wants to form and maintain positive interpersonal bonds.”They concluded the study with suggestions for therapeutic application, including educating individuals on these gender differences to help ease anxieties. Email Pinterestcenter_img Share Share on Facebook LinkedInlast_img read more