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Kelli O'Hara Opens New Theater in San Diego's Old Globe
OCU alumna and three-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara kicked off a new era for San Diego’s Old Globe, performing the inaugural concert of the historic theater complex’s new $22 million addition. The Dec. 7 event, dubbed “Some Enchanted Evening,” featured O’Hara performing with Paulo Szot, her co-star in the Tony Award-winning revival of “South Pacific,” to dedicate the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center and Copley Plaza. The addition complements the Elizabethan style of the Old Globe campus in Balboa Park. The 75-year-iold Globe is now the sixth-largest theater in the United States, and has sent 20 shows to Broadway. In October, O'Hara resumed her role of Ensign Nellie Forbush in the Lincoln Center revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” She had taken a leave from the production March 7 in anticipation of her first child, Owen James, born June 27 to O'Hara and her husband, Greg Naughton. In addition to her nomination for “South Pactific,” O'Hara won Tony nominations for her work in the Tony-winning revival of “The Pajama Game” and the Tony-winning musical “The Light in the Piazza.” On Broadway she has appeared in “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Follies,” “Sweet Smell of Success” and “Dracula, the Musical.” Her album, "Wonder in the World," is available on the Ghostlight Records label. She is scheduled to return to California in late January for her solo debut at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, Jan. 21, 22 and 24. O’Hara earned her degree in vocal performance from the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, in the studio of Professor Florence Birdwell.