Nov 18, 2021
EP 116 - Kristin Chenoweth
What a pleasure to have on the show today Kristin Chenoweth. And yes, she is just as adorable as you can imagine. She is an Emmy and Tony award-winning singer. She is an actress of stage and movies. She has a holiday film coming out called Christmas Song. She has a new album called, For The Girls. And she has a musical Apple TV series called Schmigadoon. Our conversation dropped right into the meat of being human. All the challenges of everyday life. The challenges of being a performer in a time where there is no audience. Covid hit Broadway hard. When performing is your life, it is hard to know how to stay hopeful, when you cannot perform. Kristin even talks about questioning her faith at times, when depression had got the better of her. With a personality like Kristin's, it is hard to imagine that she would suffer depression, or have bad days, but at the end of the day even this sparkly, multitalented, endearing, beauty, is just a human, like all of us.
Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover and stage. In 2015, Chenoweth received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Pushing Daisies.” In 1999, she won a Tony Award for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked” in 2004. Chenoweth has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People’s Choice Award for her role on “Glee.” In 2009, she wrote an upliftingly candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, “A Little Bit Wicked,” which debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller List. Chenoweth can currently be seen starring alongside Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key and Ariana DeBose in Apple TV+’s musical comedy series “Schmigadoon.” Recently, Chenoweth starred in the Netflix film “Holidate,” voiced the character Daisy in the HBO Max film “The Witches,” and hosted the Food Network competition series “Candy Land.” Upcoming, Chenoweth will star in the STXfilms sports drama “National Champions.” Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, Chenoweth will portray Bailey Lazor, the wife of Simmons’ Coach Lazor who has the erudition and taste of an upper east sider. Chenoweth previously starred alongside Scott Wolf in the holiday film “A Christmas Love Story,” which premiered on Hallmark Channel in December 2019. Along with the holiday season, Chenoweth released her latest stand-alone Holiday e-single titled “White Christmas.” Chenoweth also recently released her latest album “For The Girls,” debuting at #3 on the Current Pop Albums chart and #11 on the Billboard Top Albums chart. The album is a heartfelt tribute to the great female singers throughout history, particularly some of Kristin’s heroes and friends. Guest artists include Ariana Grande, Dolly Parton, Jennifer Hudson and Reba McEntire. The album includes Chenoweth’s personally charged interpretations of classic songs identified with such iconic artists as Barbra Streisand, Lesley Gore, Linda Ronstadt, Dinah Washington, Dolly Parton and more. To celebrate the release of her new album “For The Girls,” Chenoweth returned to the Broadway stage in November 2019, for an eight-performance concert engagement at the Nederlander Theatre. Chenoweth has performed to sold-out audiences across the world, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. Chenoweth released “The Art of Elegance,” her album of American Songbook classics via Concord Records. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts, and #1 on Amazon’s Vocal Pop chart. Chenoweth also returned to the stage in her limited engagement MY LOVE LETTER TO BROADWAY, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, receiving rave reviews. In 2014, she released a CD and DVD of her own live concert performance, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home.” Last December, Chenoweth performed with iconic The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra in their annual Christmas concert. The concert aired on PBS and BYUtv in December 2019. In 2015, Chenoweth earned a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for her lead role in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s “On the Twentieth Century.” She also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Drama League Award.