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Kelli O’Hara Makes Breathtaking Carnegie Solo Headliner Debut
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Kelli O'Hara at Carnegie Hall
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Broadway and opera soprano Kelli O’Hara made a breathtaking Carnegie Hall solo headliner debut on October 29, singing a couple of dozen numbers, assisted by Musical Director and pianist Dan Lipton, composer and arranger; an 11-piece orchestra; the singer’s husband Greg Naughton and his folk-rock band the Sweet Remains; and other family, friends, and illustrious guest artists. The varied fare aptly ranged from opera and Broadway to country to the Beatles and more.
Her silvery voice glowing with radiance and warmth, O’Hara’s opening pairing of “Ain’t it a pretty night?,” the folksong-like aria from Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah,” and “I Have Dreamed,” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” set the tone. With the election approaching, O’Hara declared, succinctly, “If you’re wondering about my politics, I should have worn a pantsuit.” O’Hara’s “Without a Song,” a singer’s credo, by Vincent Youmans, Billy Rose, and Edward Eliscu, was simple and direct. She celebrated 18 years of living and working in New York with “To Build a Home,” hushed, but with excitement, and morphing into a sweeping waltz, from Jason Robert Brown’s “Bridges of Madison County.”
Inspired by Barbara Cook, who first invited her to Carnegie Hall, O’Hara, assisted by guitarist Justin Goldner, sang an uplifting and haunting “Make Our Garden Grow,” from “Candide,” with music by Leonard Bernstein. O’Hara then brought Cook to the stage, the veteran singer gracing us with a few lines a cappella, and led us all in singing “Happy [89th] Birthday” to Cook. Her voice soaring and swelling, O’Hara gave us Adam Guettel’s title song from “The Light in the Piazza;” told us about the young singers from her native Oklahoma that she’s assisting; and her voice gleaming, sang Marc Blitzstein’s “I Wish it So,” from “Juno.” She evoked the sounds of New York City, including quotes from Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” in Marvin Hamlisch’s “I Cannot Hear the City,” from “The Sweet Smell of Success.”
In a group of “man’s songs” that O’Hara has made her own, she sang the title song from Bock and Harnick’s “She Loves Me,” another Cook show, as “He Loves Me,” brimming with enthusiasm; Stephen Sondheim’s “Finishing the Hat,” from “Sunday in the Park with George,” considering the creative process; and with deep feeling, “This Nearly Was Mine,” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” which she dedicated to her husband. She and Naughton dulcetly duetted in and danced to his song “The Sun Went Out,” and brought out the other musicians of Sweet Remains, Brian Chartrand and Richard Price, to join them in the gently rocking “Dance with Me.” Naughton’s father James blended his voice with those of his son, daughter-in-law, and the members of Sweet Remains, in James Taylor’s “:Lonesome Road,” unaccompanied and unamplified, quiet and sentimental.
O’Hara entwined Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile (though your heart is breaking)” with the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun,” her son Owen’s favorite song. Both hailing from the Sooner State and taught there by Florence Birdwell, O’Hara and guest Kristin Chenoweth, who said “It’s in our DNA,” saluted their original home with a rousing title song from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma.” O’Hara followed an intimate, heartfelt “Finding Home,” from Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Dream True,” with the premiere of her own “She Sings,” childlike and full of light, dedicated to her daughter Charlotte. The versatile singer donned a cowboy hat and coursed fluidly from opry to opera in a riotous Lipton and David Rossmer’s “They Don’t Let You in the Opera (if you’re a country star),” starting as a number out of Nashville and ending with high notes and coloratura.
O’Hara made us emotional with her closing song, Styne, Comden, and Green’s “Make Someone Happy,” from “Do Re Mi.” Her encores were a classic “I Could Have Danced All Night,” from Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” and with a host of family members and friends joining in the singing, a pairing of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends” with Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend.”

 

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