Kelli O'Hara and Marlee Matlin Named National Ambassadors Of Kids' Night on Broadway 2016
The Broadway League announced today that Kelli O'Hara and Marlee Matlin will serve as the 2016 KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY® National Ambassadors. Details about the 20th Kids' Night on Broadway will be announced at a press event on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.
Kelli O'Hara is a six-time Tony-nominated actress and Tony Award®- winner for her role as Anna in The King and I, currently playing on Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater.
"As a mother of two in real life and a school teacher currently on the stage, I love to promote all arts but especially theatre to kids of all ages," said Kelli O'Hara. "I love to imagine where the experiences might take them for the evening or maybe even for a lifetime."
Marlee Matlin is an Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress for Children of a Lesser God and is currently making her Broadway debut in Deaf West Theatre's Spring Awakening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
"I've always believed in sharing theater experiences with kids, having started in theater when I was 7 years old when no one thought a young deaf girl could be on a stage," said Marlee Matlin. "For me, it's important to bring all kids to experience theater, hearing, deaf, and otherwise abled. Theater is where a child's imagination knows no barriers and their dreams can come true."
KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY is an annual event where kids ages 18 and under can see Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY ticket includes restaurant discounts, educational programs, and some very special events still to be announced!
KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY will also take place in multiple cities around the country, with different shows and venues putting their spin on the event, on numerous dates throughout the year. Check kidsnightonbroadway.com for specific dates and locations.
KELLI O'HARA (Anna Leonowens) in LCT's: The King and I (Tony Award), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony, OCC noms.). Broadway: The Bridges of Madison County (Tony, DD, Drama League, OCC noms.), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, DD, DL, OCC, Fred Astaire Award noms.), The Pajama Game (Tony, DD, OCC noms.), Sweet Smell of Success, Follies, Dracula, Jekyll & Hyde. Metropolitan Opera: The Merry Widow. Off-Broadway/concerts: My Fair Lady, Carousel (Avery Fisher Hall/NY Philharmonic); Far From Heaven, My Life With Albertine(Playwrights Horizons); King Lear (Public); Bells Are Ringing (Encores!). Film: Sex and the City 2, Scorsese's The Key to Reserva. TV: "Peter Pan Live!," "Blue Bloods," "Numb3rs," "The Kennedy Center Honors," PBS live appearances. Solo albums: Always, Wonder in the World (Ghostlight Records).
MARLEE MATLIN. Film: Children of a Lesser God (Academy Award, Golden Globe); The Player; What the Bleep Do We Know. TV: "Reasonable Doubts" (Golden Globe nomination); "Picket Fences;" "Seinfeld;" "The Practice," "Law & Order SVU" (Emmy nominations); "West Wing;" "L Word;" "Switched at Birth." Marlee dedicates her Broadway debut in Deaf West Theatre's Spring Awakening to her husband and four children.