Kristin Chenoweth reveals all: Life as a runaway bride, her hidden Woodlands tie and being a Christian who won’t judge
It may seem that drama follows Kristin Chenoweth. On the day CultureMap spoke to the sassy blonde on the phone from Los Angeles, big commotion, sirens and chaos bellowed from her end of the cellphone line as she was passing by some sort of emergency scene.
But it’s all fiction for the Broadway queen-cum-country star-cum-opera diva. Theatrical on stage, cool and collected in real life, the petite gal on-the-go — literally as she’s in the midst of a 19-city concert tour — is a big deal across many genres within the entertainment industry.
By Kathy Henderson via broadway.com
In the 25 years since Robert Harling spent 10 days writing a play in honor of his late sister, Steel Magnolias has become an enduring story of female friendship told with an irresistible mix of laughter and tears. Set in Truvy’s beauty shop in small-town Louisiana, the play enjoyed a 1,126-performance run off-Broadway before Harling adapted it into a beloved 1989 film starring Sally Field as M’Lynn and Julia Roberts as Shelby, characters based on his mother and sister, who died from complications of diabetes. Harling went on to pen movie scripts and create the TV series GCB, and he has written the book for a musical version of his 1991 comedy hit Soapdish that will star Kristin Chenoweth. On December 3, he will mark Steel Magnolias’s 25th birthday at a starry benefit reading of the play at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Broadway.com caught up with Harling at home in Natchitoches, LA. [..]
Review » Darling of musical theater gives her all in Park City.
By Ben Fulton | The Salt Lake Tribune
Park City • Kristin Chenoweth is many things to those who’ve followed her Tony- and Emmy-award winning career over the years.
What even her die-hard fans might not know is that she delivers a live show with sass and verve to spare. For her sold-out show New Year’s Eve at Park City’s Eccles Center, in a presentation by the Park City Performing Arts Foundation, that meant blowing mist from her asthma inhaler and opening sips from a “venti” coffee before delivering a show even a jaded theater critic is sure to remember.
Her stunning soprano voice aside, Chenoweth’s strength has long been a charm so undeniable it’s almost a force of nature.
If you know Chenoweth only through her myriad television roles, from “West Wing” to “Glee,” it’s something of a shock to see her live on stage.
That’s because you find yourself amazed that anyone could sing in such bell-ringing, robust tones in the mere flesh, without the error-free wizardry of a recording studio.
If anything misfired at all, it was a sometimes pedestrian selection of songs that her fans already know. “Taylor the Latte Boy” will always go down a treat, but there seemed little reason, again apart from a show of charm, to make it the second number of Monday night’s program.
As deftly as Chenoweth can switch from deadpan song to exuberant singing in songs of that sort, she excels in the art of the sincere ballad. As accompanied on a Steinway grand played by Mary Mitchell Campbell, Chenoweth held the audience rapt with a song in honor of her father (“Fathers and Daughters”) and her “Glee” powerhouse number “Maybe This Time.”
All throughout, Chenweth shared stories of her Oklahoma upbringing and ascendency into show-biz life that never once sounded shameless given her humble and humored delivery.
“My father thinks dating is as simple as getting on eHarmony to say, ‘Tony- and Emmy-award-winning entertainer seeks same,’ ” she joked.
The crowd went wild for a rendition of “For Good” that included two willing but nervous audience members. Chenoweth fearlessly addressed the tragedy of the Newtown, Conn., shootings with a searing delivery of Don Henley’s “The Heart of the Matter,” posing a threat to every dry eye in the house.
By IONA KIRBY via dailymail.co.uk
She made the tricky transition from the stage to the screen so Kristin Chenoweth knows how to put on a good performance.
And she did exactly that when she arrived on the red carpet at a launch party for Genlux Magazine’s new issue on Tuesday.
Kristin joined her pal Kathy Griffin and the pair hammed it up for the cameras, pulling their best poses.
By Lindsay Champion via broadway.com
The Hollywood Bowl’s 2013 summer season will include an all-star production of Chicago, Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth, John Williams: Maestro of the Movies narrated by Julie Andrews and an orchestra-accompanied production of Blue Man Group. The new season will kick off on June 22 at the open air theater in Los Angeles, California, with an opening night concert featuring the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. [..]