I have seen Kristin Chenoweth live on many occasions, Wicked, Apple Tree, Promises Promises, and her appearance last year at the LA Philharmonic. When I heard she was appearing at the Greek Theatre, it seemed like a good time to see her in a more intimate venue. She had appeared there six years ago, so this was a homecoming of sorts, so lots of her friends from television and stage were there to back her up. She did not disappoint and once again demonstrated that there doesn’t seem to be anything or any genre she can’t sing including country western, opera, musical comedy, songs meant for a male singer (“Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables), old songs, new songs, all sung in that glorious voice.
Before she began, Rita Wilson, who most people know as an actress, entertained the audience but has a top rated album entitled AMFM. She sang some songs from this album including songs by Kenny Loggins and Jimmy Webb. The music was a gentle reminder of the music heard in the ’70s and ’80s.
Kristin displayed her amazing versatility as well as her great sense of humor. One such number featured two cowboys who joined her as she tried to decide who she wanted to go to a dance with, but instead the cowboys danced off together. She did songs from several musicals including the song that she sang on Glee (“Maybe This Time”), Promises Promises (“I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” with Sean Hayes who joined her onstage), Wicked as sung in various languages, Nine To Five (“Take This Job and Shove It”), Avenue Q, and Phantom of The Opera.
Kristin has a new(ish) CD called Some Lessons Learned. One of the highlights was a song called “Fathers and Daughters.” “What Would Dolly Do” was her tribute to Dolly Parton, again from her new album. I loved it when she sang another song by Burt Backarach (“One Less Bell to Answer”). Not one to deny her faith, she also sang a song of devotion. She also sang a very funny song by Jerome Kern “I’m Tired” and also a disco song. Her encore was not unexpected but is still her signature piece, “Glitter and be Gay” from Candide. Here she is able to show her voice in full force as a classical singer. Kristin Chenoweth appeared at the Greek Theatre on May 12th.