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OCU grads Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O’Hara nab top honors

Kristin Chenoweth (left) and Kelli O'Hara.  Photos provided.
Kristin Chenoweth (left) and Kelli O’Hara. Photos provided.

Staff Report

Two Oklahoma City University graduates — Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O’Hara — have been nominated  for Tony Awards in the Best Actress in a Musical category.

Chenoweth will also serve as a host of the show held June 7 and broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Chenoweth was nominated for her work in “On the Twentieth Century,” and O’Hara for “The King and I.” Both were trained by the legendary OCU voice professor Florence Birdwell. Their respective productions are also competing as nominees for Best Revival of a Musical. A third OCU alumnus, Richard Riaz Yoder, is part of the ensemble in “On the Twentieth Century,” which is up for five Tony Awards this year.

Chenoweth graduated from OCU in 1991 with a Bachelor of Music degree and earned a master’s degree in opera performance in 1993. She was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the university in 2013.

O’Hara earned her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and opera from OCU in 1998.

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