Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television, and film with the captivating grace that only she can project. On stage, she starred in the critically successful and highly lauded limited-engagement of The Apple Tree at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54. She also had the honor of playing a sold-out solo concert at the famed Metropolitan Opera House. Many remember her show-stealing, Tony®-winning performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a Tony Award® nomination. Chenoweth also performed in the Broadway comedy Epic Proportions and in the Kander and Ebb musical Steel Pier, for which she won a Theatre World award. In addition, Chenoweth performed in an off-Broadway production of Molière’s Scapin for the Roundabout Theatre, and she starred in Stairway to Paradise, an original Encores! production celebrating the great Broadway revue.
Television fans know her as Annabeth Schott on The West Wing; the librarian Marian Paroo in ABC’s movie version of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man; and Lily St. Regis in the television adaptation of Annie. She also starred in her own series, Kristin, for NBC. Kristin can be seen starring in the ABC series Pushing Daisies, where she was recently nominated for an Emmy® Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Moviegoers have seen her in twelve movies (Deck the Halls with Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick, RV with Robin Williams, Bewitched with Nicole Kidman, Running with Scissors with Annette Bening, and The Pink Panther with Steve Martin), and her voice has been heard in five animated films, three of them in the role of Rosetta in the Tinker Bell cartoons. Her film credits also include a cameo in Stranger Than Fiction with Emma Thompson. Chenoweth is currently developing a feature film based on the life of Dusty Springfield.
A veteran of the concert scene, Chenoweth took the stage in a solo sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and continues to tour the country. She performed her solo concert at Sam Mendes’s acclaimed Donmar Warehouse as part of the Divas at Donmar series. The show received glowing reviews. Following her show in London, Chenoweth has had numerous collaborations with various symphonies, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. One of her proudest accomplishments was having the privilege to perform Bernstein’s Candide at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic. Other performances include her sold-out Los Angeles solo debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, an evening at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Washington National Opera’s 50th Anniversary Gala with Plácido Domingo. On April 25, 2010, she opened on Broadway as Fran Kubelik in the revival of Promises, Promises, opposite Sean Hayes.
Before her 2008 Christmas album, A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas, she had released two other discs, Let Yourself Go (2001) and As I Am (2005). Her most recent album is Some Lessons Learned on the Sony label, released in September 2011.
Chenoweth was nominated in both 2010 and 2011 for Emmy Awards for her performances on Glee (3 episodes), and in 2011, she joined the cast of a pilot for ABC called Good Christian Bitches as a character named Carlene Cockburn. ABC picked up the show, which debuted in March 2012 with its title changed to GCB, but it lasted for only 10 episodes. Chenoweth guest starred in one episode of the sitcom Hot in Cleveland on May 2, 2012.
She was then cast in a recurring role as a political reporter in the fourth season of The Good Wife. Her presence in the cast was cut short, however when she suffered serious injury on the set on July 11, 2012, sustaining a skull fracture, a broken nose, spinal and rib injuries, and cracked teeth. Less than four months later, Chenoweth returned to the concert stage for a short series of dates in California.
With Joni Rodgers she has written a candid chronicle of her life, A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages (Simon and Schuster, 2009). Oklahoma City University, where she earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees, awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2013.
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