Broadway Megastar Kristin Chenoweth Performs with The Philadelphia Orchestra, January 2016
(Philadelphia, August 11, 2015)—Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth, widely known for defining the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the hit musical Wicked, joins The Philadelphia Orchestra for a program of beloved music from the Broadway stage, January 2, 2016, at 8 PM at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall.
Chenoweth has starred in a variety of successful film, television, voiceover, and stage projects over the span of her career. She received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the ABC series Pushing Daisies and a Tony Award for her performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Most recently, she earned a Tony Award nomination for her role in Broadway’ On The Twentieth Century. She has previously earned two Emmy Award nominations for her role in Fox’s Glee, as well as a Tony Award nomination for the role of Glinda in Wicked. Chenoweth has appeared across the globe in concert as a soloist and has collaborated with renowned orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. Additionally, on Friday, July 24, she received a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Live Performance/Theatre.
Tickets to The Philadelphia Orchestra featuring Kristen Chenoweth will be made available to the general public on Friday, August 14 at noon at www.philorch.org, by phone at 215.893.1999, and at the Kimmel Center box office. A priority pre-sale to Orchestra subscribers and donors begins Tuesday, August 11 at noon.
Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth takes the lead in a career that spans film, television, voiceover, and stage, effortlessly.
She received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the ABC series Pushing Daisies (the show was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award for Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy). Chenoweth lit up the stage of McKinley High as a former student who returned to town with more than the baggage from her flight on Fox’s hit comedy Glee. In her role as quirky ex-songstress April Rhodes, she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a People’s Choice Award in the category of Favorite TV Guest Star. Though she has often come into our living rooms on hit shows such as The West Wing (where she starred as Annabeth Schott), she may be most remembered by Broadway lovers everywhere for her origination of the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a Tony Award Nomination, and her Tony-winning performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, for which she stole the show and many hearts in the process. On Friday, July 24, she received a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Live Performance/Theatre.
Chenoweth is currently appearing on Broadway playing the glamorous film star Lily Garland in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s On The Twentieth Century, which has received rave reviews. As of April, her performance has earned her nominations for the following awards: Tony Award in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award, and Outer Critics Choice Award. Earlier this year, she co-starred in the Universal film The Boy Next Door, alongside Jennifer Lopez. She was also seen in the film A Bet’s A Bet (International title: The Opposite Sex). She’s completed production on the indie teen drama Hard Sell and was seen this past summer in the Disney Channel’s live-action original movie Descendants, in which she plays the classic Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent.
In 2014, Chenoweth starred as a poisonous frog named Gabi in the hit animated film Rio 2. She also reprised her nominated role in the 100th episode of Glee. Last May, she returned to the famed Carnegie Hall for a sold-out concert. Her first solo concert at Carnegie Hall was in 2004, also to a sold-out audience. On stage, she performed songs from her album Some Lessons Learned, as well as some of her most memorable songs from Broadway’s Wicked, Promises Promises, and TV’s Glee. Last July, she performed “An Evening With …” show at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, in which she received a record-breaking standing ovation from the sold-out crowd. Last September, she was featured in the “Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem,” a concert special honoring the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem, in Baltimore. The event was televised live on PBS as part of the network’s Great Performances series.
Last fall, Chenoweth hosted the PBS Arts Fall Festival, which featured classic Broadway hits, music from around the country, and theater performances. The Festival included her own concert performance, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home, where she performed a career-spanning concert in her hometown of Broken Arrow, OK. The concert was released as a live CD and DVD, and aired as a PBS television special Thanksgiving weekend.
A veteran of the concert stage, Chenoweth has performed to sold-out crowds in concert halls around the world, including the famed Sydney Opera House; the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (she was also inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame); the Allen Room in New York’s acclaimed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, with her show Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway… All of ‘Em!!!, which also aired on PBS; the Walt Disney Concert Hall; the Metropolitan Opera House (the third theater star ever to present a solo concert at the MET); the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles; and at Sam Mendes’s acclaimed Donmar Warehouse, as part of the Divas at Donmar series. Chenoweth has also appeared at the Washington National Opera’s 50th Anniversary Gala with Plácido Domingo a and with such renowned orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony.
In addition to her starring roles on stage and screen, Chenoweth also wrote an upliftingly candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far in 2009, A Little Bit Wicked, which was released by Simon & Schuster and debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller List.
It’s no secret that Chenoweth wears her heart on her sleeve when it comes to her love of theater, which was the catalyst for her charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BA PAC) Foundation in her home town in Oklahoma. The Kristin Chenoweth Theater at the BA PAC, renamed in 2012 to celebrate its biggest advocate, supporter, and celebrated role model to aspiring hometown performers, welcomes internationally acclaimed concert artists and Broadway productions, provides educational outreach and master classes with touring artists, after-school and summer arts institutes, scholarship programs, community enrichment, and opportunities for students to travel and perform on a national level.
Chenoweth is also a passionate supporter of charities that dedicate their time and efforts to helping those in need, such as the Kristin Chenoweth Art & Education Fund, the Red Cross, Broadway Cares EFA, the Point Foundation, ASTEP, and such causes as breast cancer awareness, adoption advocacy, and organizations supporting animal welfare.
Chenoweth earned a bachelor’s degree in musical theater and a master’s degree in opera performance from Oklahoma City University. She was also presented with Honorary Doctorate degrees from both the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and her alma mater, Oklahoma City University. She is an inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
The Philadelphia Orchestra featuring Kristin Chenoweth
January 2, 2016, at 8 PM – Saturday evening – Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth takes the lead in a spectacular career that effortlessly spans film, television, voiceover, and stage. In her live show, the acclaimed star brings iconic songs from her best known hit shows, such as Wicked, Glee, and On The Twentieth Century—as well as popular standards and classics from Broadway, Hollywood, and beyond!
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