On stage at New York City Center June 2, the Manhattan stop of her North American concert tour, actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth stood center stage and declared, “I’m home.” The statement had multiple meanings, illustrated throughout a two-and-a-half-hour evening of show music, American standards and pop, country and spiritual songs.
Specifically, City Center was her home for a handful of memorable performances in the Encores! concert series, including Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Music in the Air and Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane’s On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, as well as the newly constructed period revue created for Encores!, Stairway to Paradise.
But more generally, New York City itself is where Chenoweth’s heart seems most at home — and she wore her heart on her sleeve Saturday, clearly moved by her homecoming. Chenoweth knew that she was destined for the city even back when she was growing up in Broken Arrow, OK, where she listened to Broadway cast albums while the other kids liked Madonna. She won a Tony Award here (for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown) and was nominated for another (for playing Glinda in Wicked). [..]