Kristin Chenoweth, star of “Wicked” and “Pushing Daisies”, signing copies of “A Little Bit Wicked”
* 4/15/09 7:30 PM at Barnes & Noble – Lincoln Triangle. New York, NY.
* 4/16/09 6:00 PM at the Paley Center for Media – West 52nd Street. New York, NY.
* 4/17/09 5:00 PM at Bookends – East Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood, NJ.
* 4/18/09 Noon at the Free Library of Philadelphia – Vine Street. Philadelphia, PA.
* 4/19/09 2:00 PM at Borders Books – East 21st Street. Tulsa, OK
* 4/20/09 7:30 PM at Full Circle Bookstore – Penn Place. Oklahoma, City, OK.
Kristi Dawn Chenoweth (born July 24, 1968) is an American singer and musical theater, film, and television actress. Some of her best-known roles have included Glinda in Broadway’s Wicked and Annabeth Schott in television’s The West Wing. She most recently appeared in the role of Olive Snook on the ABC dramedy Pushing Daisies for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy. She is also the face of Jude Frances jewelry.
Adopted at birth, Kristin Chenoweth grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. (Her genealogical lineage includes one-quarter Cherokee ancestry.) Her vocal ability and talent were realized at a young age, performing songs for local churches. A highlight of her childhood was a special solo appearance at the Southern Baptist Convention national conference at the age of 12. She performed the song “I’m Four Foot Eleven and I’m Going to Heaven”.Chenoweth won a number of competitions, including a “most talented up-and-coming singer” award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, which came with a full scholarship to Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts. Two weeks before school started, she went to New York City to help a friend move. While there, she auditioned for the Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of the musical Animal Crackers and got the role of Arabella Rittenhouse. She turned down the scholarship and moved to New York to do the show and pursue a career in musical theater. She is 4’11”
Chenoweth made her Broadway debut in a production of Molière’s Scapin starring Bill Irwin, followed in the spring of 1997 by the musical Steel Pier by John Kander and Fred Ebb, for which she won a Theatre World award. The following season, she appeared in the City Center Encores! production of the George and Ira Gershwin musical Strike up the Band and the Lincoln Center Theater production of William Finn’s A New Brain. She has performed several times on the radio program A Prairie Home Companion.
During the 1998–1999 season, she performed in the Broadway revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown as the title character’s little sister, Sally, a character that was not present in the original production. (That character replaces the obscure Peanuts character Patty, not to be confused with Peppermint Patty.) The production won Chenoweth the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards as the season’s Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She then starred in the Broadway comedy Epic Proportions, followed by appearances in ABC’s television adaptation of the musical Annie (as Lily St. Regis), and in the leading role of Daisy Gamble in the City Center Encores! production of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.
In October 2003, she returned to Broadway in “Wicked”, the musical about the early years of the witches of Oz. She was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance as Glinda. After playing Glinda for nine months (not including the years leading up to the Broadway run where she played the role in all of the show’s workshops), Chenoweth left Wicked on 18 July 2004 along with co-stars Joel Grey and Norbert Leo Butz. Chenoweth was replaced by Jennifer Laura Thompson.
Chenoweth hosted the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards on 20 May 2007
Special Events and Appearances
Chenoweth and the cast of the Broadway musical Wicked performed the song “One Short Day” in the 2003 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
In the 2005 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Chenoweth performed the song “Oklahoma” while riding aboard the “Oklahoma Rising” float. The float was making the first of three annual appearances commemorating the state of Oklahoma’s statehood centennial in 2007.
She was the star performer of the opening ceremony of the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade. She sang “Our Good Nature,” an original composition written to coincide with the Oklahoma centennial celebration and the theme of the parade.
In the 2008 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, she performed the song “The Christmas Waltz” from her “A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas” album while riding aboard the “The Care Bears Winter Fun-Derland” float.
Memior: “A Little Bit Wicked”
She has stated that the book will not be a ‘tell all’, and instead will focus on “how I got where I am so far.”The planned date of publication is April 14, 2009. The title has been revealed to be “A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages.”