All she cares about is love… and maybe those feather fans.
Broadway star Kelli O’Hara swapped her Kiss Me, Kate costumes for a sleek white suit Monday when she took the stage at MCC Theater’s annual Miscast Gala, becoming Chicago’s smarmy lawyer Billy Flynn to sing his dancer-backed standard “All I Care About.”
The annual event brings together a glittery roster of New York stage stars, who all try their hand at performing songs from roles in which they’d normally never be cast. (Remember Jeremy Jordan singing his heart out on Waitress last year?)
As O’Hara took on the tune, she gave a nod to the evening’s honoree Laura Linney — who is no stranger to Broadway herself — and her father-in-law, Tony winner James Naughton, who originated the role of Billy Flynn in the current Chicago revival. (The dancers who joined her on stage, she noted, are also members of the original cast.) And even while being Billy, O’Hara couldn’t resist giving us one of her signature soprano high notes.
Other highlights from this year’s Miscast included Hamilton alum Christopher Jackson singing Dreamgirls, a quartet of Mean Girls doing a medley from Jersey Boys, Beth Leavel performing Show Boat’s “Old Man River,” and Alice Ripley belting out “I’m Alive,” from Next to Normal.
Head here for more information on Miscast, and watch O’Hara’s performance above.