Ep. 38: Kristin Chenoweth ‘For the Girls’

Ep. 38: Kristin Chenoweth ‘For the Girls’

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It was just over a year ago I had the opportunity to interview Kristin Chenoweth in advance of her concert at Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina. Like many journalists, I record all of my interviews to listen back to, transcribe, and even archive for my own records. And this one was no different. The only difference here was that Kristin was the biggest celebrity I had interviewed to date and I was really nervous. I quite literally was shaking as I sat at my kitchen table awaiting her call, feverishly reviewing my notes, and praying the interview would happen, which I wasn’t convinced it would. I hoped that I didn’t sound too stupid or fangirl over her too much and that I could maintain some iota of professionalism. But when she got on the phone, all my worries melted away. I found her to be charming, humble, and so down to earth, and this interview became one of my most memorable conversations. So, with the release of her seventh album next week entitled “For the Girls” I reached out once again to Kristin and asked if I could broadcast our conversation on this podcast. Not only did she say yes, but they also shared with me several songs from the album to share with you. Keep in mind, this archived recording was only intended for my use and records and not for broadcast, so there are some sound glitches, but I think overall you will find Kristin to be, as I did, just a girl from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with a voice that is truly as big as her heart.

To read a transcript of my conversation with Kristin Chenoweth, click here.

About the Guest

Kristin Chenoweth, "For the Girls"

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 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 will air on PBS and BYUtv this 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. Chenoweth is slated to star as “Madeline” in the musical comedy “Death Becomes Her,” an in-the-works adaptation of the 1992 film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Chenoweth recently starred in the second season of NBC’s hit comedy series “Trial & Error,” receiving critical acclaim for her performance as Heiress Lavinia Peck-Foster. She was seen in the Starz original series “American Gods,” where she reunited with executive producer Bryan Fuller in the role of Easter. Notable television roles include appearances in “The West Wing,” Disney’s “Descendants” and “The Muppets.” In film, Chenoweth voiced the role of Gabi in the hit animated film “Rio 2” and Fifi, Snoopy’s beloved French poodle in “The Peanuts Movie.” She starred in the indie teen drama entitled “Hard Sell” and additional film credits have included “The Boy Next Door,” “Deck the Halls,” “Twelve Men of Christmas,” “Four Christmases,” “RV,” “Bewitched,” “The Pink Panther,” “Hit & Run” and “Family Weekend.” She also starred in NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” as Velma Von Tussle in December 2016. Chenoweth voiced the role of Princess Skystar in Lionsgate/Hasbro’s “My Little Pony: The Movie,” and can also be heard in the Sony Pictures animated film “The Star.” Upcoming, Chenoweth will star alongside Scott Wolf in the holiday film “The Christmas Song,” which is slated to debut on Hallmark Channel in November 2019 and the film “Holidate” which will premiere on Netflix in 2020. Her next album “For The Girls” is set for release on September 27. 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.

Chenoweth is a passionate supporter of charities, that dedicate their time and efforts to helping those in need. She formed a charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BAPAC) Foundation in her home state of Oklahoma. Chenoweth’s accomplishments were honored by her hometown with BAPAC naming “The Kristin Chenoweth Theatre” in 2012. Partnering with the BAPAC in a labor of love, Kristin launched an annual Broadway Bootcamp in 2015, providing young Broadway hopefuls with the opportunity to take classes, hold performances and learn from top mentors in the entertainment industry including Kristin herself. In her lifelong mission to cultivate arts education across the globe, Chenoweth has also created “Places! The Kristin Chenoweth Tour Experience,” a unique educational program for young singers that puts them right next to her performing on stage. Each concert in Chenoweth’s ongoing tour will feature local participants from higher education conservatories, universities, and colleges for the immersive educational experience. Chenoweth is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Opera Performance. She is an inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. For more information visit: https://www.officialkristinchenoweth.com/.

Music Credits

“When I Fall in Love” – Words and music by Edward Heyman and Victor Young, used with permission by Concord Records. Performed by Kristin Chenoweth.

“I Will Always Love You” – Words and music by Dolly Parton, used with permission by Concord Records. Performed by Kristin Chenoweth and Dolly Parton.

“You Don’t Own Me” – Words and music by John Madara and David White, used with permission by Concord Records. Performed by Kristin Chenoweth and Ariana Grande.

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