O’Hara, who won a Tony Award in 2015 for her performance in The King and I, has been nominated for five additional Tonys for her work in shows including The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific. She will return to the Metropolitan Opera in Così fan tutte this spring before recreating her performance in The King and I at the London Palladium in June and starring in a Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate next year.
The U.K.-based Ovenden (Downton Abbey) has appeared extensively in musical theatre in London and played George Seurat in the Paris premiere of Sunday in the Park With George. He appeared on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane in Butley and played the title character in Maury Yeston’s Off-Broadway musical Death Takes a Holiday.
Entering its 19th season, the American Songbook series celebrates the achievements of American songwriters. The series gives artists an opportunity to explore an entire catalog of work for a deep dive into their influences and creative identity.
The concert event will take place in the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Among theatre-related stars coming up in the series: comic actor Jackie Hoffman (January 25), Passing Strange collaborators Stew and Heidi Rodewald (February 7);,Catch Me If You Can star Aaron Tveit (February 9), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star and creator Rachel Bloom and series collaborator Adam Schlesinger (February 10), and Tony nominee Justin Vivian Bond in an evening dedicated to Karen Carpenter February 15.