Kelli O’Hara On Theater

With the Tony Awards coming up this Sunday, we did a throwback to some of our favorite interviews with theater actors and actresses we’ve been proud to have on The New Potato. Kelli O’Hara has been nominated for best actress for her performance in The King and I (a childhood favorite of ours). 

“When I moved here, Broadway tickets were $75, and an audition guaranteed me at least sixteen to thirty-two bars of story-telling singing. These days, the shows cost $150+ and kids are given eight bars to scream. I just think, like a lot of things, theatre is getting so big. I sort of dream about the days when it was the intimacy and detail of theatre that made it so enormous in the hearts of theatre lovers.

What has become very en vogue in the last five years or so is to have the whole cast – or parts of it – constantly present on stage as part of the world of the play. Constantly moving, changing sets, and portraying secondary stories. I love it because it’s so real and rich, but I also think it says something about our attention spans in theatre. But that’s where we are. We are forever evolving.” – Kelli O’Hara

Read the full interview with Kelli here