Broadway leading lady Kelli O'Hara and opera star Nathan Gunn will perform selections from Show Boat; Carousel; Kiss Me, Kate; Very Warm for May; Love Life; One Touch of Venus; Street Scene; On the Town; Candide; and West Side Story with the New York Philharmonic, in Classic Broadway, conducted by Tony Award winner Ted Sperling, Monday, March 21, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. The pair will perform solos and duets from hit shows by American songwriters Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and Leonard Bernstein, whose music was matched with words by such celebrated lyricists as Oscar Hammerstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and Stephen Sondheim. A complete listing of songs follows.
Ms. O'Hara, who won raves for her portrayal of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theater, returns to the New York Philharmonic following two previous appearances, including her acclaimed starring role as Eliza Doolittle in the Orchestra's 2007 production of My Fair Lady. Baritone Nathan Gunn returns after winning hearts as the swashbuckling Sir Lancelot in the Philharmonic's 2008 production of Camelot, and his featured role in last season's SONDHEIM: The Birthday Concert!
Kelli O'Hara recently starred as Nellie Forbush in the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theater, for which she garnered a third Tony nomination. A native of Oklahoma, she made her Broadway debut in Jekyll & Hyde and followed it with Stephen Sondheim's Follies; The Sweet Smell of Success, opposite John Lithgow; and Dracula. In 2003 she starred in The Light in the Piazza at Seattle's Intiman Theatre; when the show moved to Broadway in 2005 Ms. O'Hara earned her first Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. In 2006 she joined Harry Connick, Jr. on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production of The Pajama Game, for which she received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award nominations. Ms. O'Hara has also worked regionally and Off-Broadway, and recently starred in Bells Are Ringing at City Center Encores! Ms. O'Hara played the role of Eliza Doolittle in the critically acclaimed production of My Fair Lady with the New York Philharmonic in March 2007. She performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops and the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch, as well as with the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart and the Philly Pops with Peter Nero; she has had sold-out runs at Café Carlyle and Feinstein's. She performed at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors as part of the Barbra Streisand tribute, and recently appeared on PBS's National Memorial Day Concert live from Washington, D.C. Upcoming engagements include performances with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops in Florida, and the New York City Opera. Among Kelli O'Hara's film and television credits are Sex & The City 2; Martin Scorsese's short film The Key to Reserva, opposite Simon Baker; The Dying Gaul, with Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott; Alexander Hamilton (as Maria Reynolds), starring Brian F. O'Byrne on PBS; NUMB3RS; All My Children; the upcoming animated series Car Talk; and numerous live performances on national television shows. Her many recordings of musical theater works have been released on the Sony, Nonesuch, and PS Classics labels, and include the Grammy-nominated The Light in the Piazza and her solo album, Wonder in the World on Ghostlight Records. Ms. O'Hara's most recent appearance with the New York Philharmonic was on April 20, 2009, in New York Moments.
Baritone Nathan Gunn has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Paris Opéra, Bayerische Staatsoper, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. He has sung the title roles in Britten's Billy Budd and Thomas's Hamlet; Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte, The Count in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and Figaro in Rossini's The Barber of Seville. He created the roles of Clyde Griffiths in Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy at The Met, Father Delura in Peter Eötvös's Love and Other Demons at the Glyndebourne Festival, Alec Harvey in André Previn's Brief Encounter at
the Houston Grand Opera, and Paul in Daron Hagen's Amelia at the Seattle Opera. Mr. Gunn has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the United States and Europe, including the New York Philharmonic; the Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and London symphony orchestras; and The Cleveland Orchestra. He has given recitals at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Cal Performances, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Krannert Center, London's Wigmore Hall, and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Mr. Gunn has ventured outside the standard opera repertoire, including appearances in Camelot with the New York Philharmonic in May 2008 (broadcast live on PBS's Great Performances) and Showboat at Carnegie Hall. He was also a featured soloist in SONDHEIM: The Birthday Concert! with the New York Philharmonic in March 2010 -his most recent performance with the Orchestra - and appeared with Sting and Trudie
Styler in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Twin Spirits, a work that explores the relationship between Clara and Robert Schumann. Mr. Gunn's most recent solo album, Just Before Sunrise, was released on the Sony/BMG Masterworks label. Other recordings include the title role in Britten's Billy Budd with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra (Virgin Classics), which recently won a 2010 Grammy Award; the first complete recording of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro (Sony's Masterworks Broadway), Britten's Peter Grimes with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO Live!), The Barber of Seville (SONY Classics), Sibelius's Kullervo with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Telarc), and his debut album, American Anthem, a collection of American songs (EMI).