Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Dawn Chenoweth (/ˈɛnwɛθ/; born Kristi Dawn Chenoweth, July 24, 1968)[1] is an American actress and singer, with credits in musical theatre, film and television. In 1999, she won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Broadway. In 2003, Chenoweth received wide notice for originating the role of Glinda in the musical Wicked, including a nomination for another Tony. Her television roles have included Annabeth Schott in NBC's The West Wing and Olive Snook on the ABC comedy-drama Pushing Daisies, for which she won a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also starred in the ABC TV series GCB in 2012.

Kristin Chenoweth
Chenoweth in 2018
Kristi Dawn Chenoweth

(1968-07-24) July 24, 1968
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1991–present
Musical career

Chenoweth sang gospel music as a child in Oklahoma and studied opera before deciding to pursue a career in musical theatre. In 1997, she made her Broadway debut in Steel Pier, winning a Theatre World Award, before appearing in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Wicked. Her other Broadway roles were in The Apple Tree in 2006, Promises, Promises in 2010 and On the Twentieth Century in 2015, for which she received another Tony Award nomination. She has also appeared in five City Center Encores!, Off-Broadway and regional theatre productions.

Chenoweth had her own sitcom, Kristin, in 2001, and has guest-starred on many shows, including Sesame Street and Glee, for which she was nominated for Emmy Awards in 2010 and 2011. In films, she has played mostly character roles, such as in Bewitched (2005), The Pink Panther (2006) and RV (2006). She has played roles in made-for-TV movies, such as Descendants (2015); done voice work in animated films such as Rio 2 (2014) and The Peanuts Movie (2015) along with the animated TV series Sit Down, Shut Up; hosted several award shows; and released several albums of songs, including A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas (2008), Some Lessons Learned (2011), Coming Home (2014), The Art of Elegance (2016) and For the Girls (2019). Chenoweth also penned a 2009 memoir, A Little Bit Wicked.

Early life

Chenoweth was adopted when she was five days old by Junie Smith Chenoweth and Jerry Morris Chenoweth, both chemical engineers[2] from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa,[3][4][5] and named Kristi Dawn Chenoweth.[6] She has stated that she is of one quarter Cherokee ancestry.[7] At an early age, she performed gospel songs for local churches. A performing highlight of her childhood was a solo appearance at the Southern Baptist Convention national conference at the age of 12, where she performed the Evie song "Four Feet Eleven". The chorus begins, "I'm only 4 feet 11, but I'm going to Heaven" (Chenoweth is 4 ft 11 in (150 cm) in height).[8] After graduating from Broken Arrow Senior High School, where she participated in school plays, Chenoweth attended Oklahoma City University, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta (Beta Omicron) sorority.[9] She earned a bachelor's degree in musical theatre in 1990[10][11] and a master's degree in opera performance in 1992,[11][12] studying under voice instructor and mentor, Florence Birdwell.[10][13] While at OCU, Chenoweth competed in beauty pageants, winning the title of "Miss OCU" and was the second runner-up in the Miss Oklahoma pageant in 1991.[8][14] In 1992, Chenoweth participated in a studio recording of The Most Happy Fella.[15]

While she was in college and working towards her masters, Chenoweth performed at the Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City, among other regional theatres, in roles like June in Gypsy, Liesl in The Sound of Music, Fran in Promises, Promises[16] and Tuptim in The King and I.[17] As she completed her master's degree, Chenoweth participated in several vocal competitions and was named "most promising up-and-coming singer" in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, which came with a full scholarship to Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts.[18] Two weeks before school started, however, she went to New York City to help a friend move. While there, she auditioned for the 1993 Paper Mill Playhouse 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 theatre.[18][19]



After Animal Crackers, Chenoweth continued to appear in regional theatre productions, such as Babes in Arms at The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and Phantom (as Christine; also touring in Germany in this role),[20] also taking roles in Off-Broadway productions like Luisa in The Fantasticks,[8][21] and Kristy in Box Office of the Damned (both in 1994).[20] In 1997, she appeared as Hyacinth in the Roundabout Theater Company production of Moliere's farcical Scapin, earning her first New York Times review, with Ben Brantley writing "Kristin Chenoweth's sob-prone ingenue ... [is] delightful".[22] She made her Broadway debut in the spring of 1997 as Precious McGuire in the musical Steel Pier by Kander and Ebb, for which she won a Theatre World Award.[8] In 1998 she appeared in the City Center Encores! staged concert of the George and Ira Gershwin musical Strike up the Band as Anne Draper[23] and created roles in the original Lincoln Center Theater production of William Finn's A New Brain.[24] Ben Rimalower, in Playbill, wrote: "It's unlikely anyone will equal Kristin Chenoweth in the role of 'Nancy D., the waitress.'"[25]

In 1999, Chenoweth 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. She won the Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.[26] Later that year, she starred on Broadway in the short-lived comic play Epic Proportions,[27] followed by starring as Daisy Gamble in the "Encores!" production of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever in February 2000.[28]

After this, Chenoweth split her time between stage and TV or film roles and released her first solo album, Let Yourself Go (2001). In 2002, she performed in the City Center Encores! 10th Anniversary Bash.[29] In October  2003, she returned to Broadway (after the San Francisco tryout) in Wicked, the musical about the early years of the witches of Oz, in the joint-leading role of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. She was nominated for a 2004 Tony Award as Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance, losing to her co-star Idina Menzel (who played Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West).[30] Chenoweth was also nominated for the Drama Desk Award[31] and the Drama League Award for this role.[32] Ben Rimalower, in Playbill, wrote that, for Glinda, "the gold standard was unquestionably and indelibly set" by Chenoweth's performances.[25] After playing Glinda for nine months, Chenoweth left Wicked, on July 18, 2004,[33] soon joining the cast of The West Wing in Los Angeles.[18] The Wicked cast album earned a 2005 Grammy Award.[34]

Chenoweth played Cunegonde in the New York Philharmonic revival of Candide, directed by Lonny Price, in May 2004.[35] The production was also broadcast on PBS's Great Performances. A performance of the rarely sung duet "We Are Women", between Cunegonde and the Old Lady (played by Patti Lupone), was included in the production.[19][36][37]

From December 2006 to March 2007, Chenoweth starred on Broadway as Eve in a revival of The Apple Tree with co-stars Brian d'Arcy James and former fiancé Marc Kudisch.[38] She received nominations for the Drama Desk Award[39] and the Drama League Award. She hosted that year's Drama Desk Awards ceremony.[39] She appeared in the Encores! semi-staged production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Music in the Air in 2009.[40] Chenoweth was scheduled to return to The Metropolitan Opera in 2010 to play Samira in John Corigliano's opera The Ghosts of Versailles.[41] The Met canceled the expensive production in 2008 as the U.S. economy weakened.[42]

Chenoweth starred as Fran Kubelik in the 2010 Broadway revival of the musical Promises, Promises, opposite Sean Hayes, which opened on April 25, 2010.[43] The songs "I Say a Little Prayer" and "A House Is Not a Home" were added for her to sing.[44] Chenoweth and Hayes remained in the cast until the show closed on January 2, 2011,[45] although she missed performances from December 29, 2010, to January 1, 2011, to perform a New Year's Eve concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall on December 31, 2010.[45][46] She played televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in a reading of the musical Rise in 2011.[47]

Chenoweth played Lily Garland in a Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century, opposite Peter Gallagher, which began previews on February 12 and opened on March 12, 2015, for a 22-week limited engagement through July 19, 2015, at the Roundabout Theatre Company.[48][49] Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote that Chenoweth "uses [her character's] histrionics to create one of the most virtuosic portraits in song ever on Broadway. The vocal vocabulary she deploys here ranges from jazz-baby brass to operatic silver, often in a single number, and she switches among them with jaw-dropping ease. ... And every perfectly weighted note is set off by an impeccably exaggerated gesture."[50] She was nominated for a Tony Award and won a Drama Desk Award for her performance.[51][52]


After a guest appearance on LateLine, a role in the short-lived television series Paramour (1999), and several roles in television films such as Annie (as Lily St. Regis), Chenoweth starred in her own NBC sitcom, the semi-autobiographical Kristin in 2001. It was short-lived, with thirteen episodes filmed, but only six aired before it was canceled.[53] Chenoweth appeared in the lead role of Marian in the 2003 television film, The Music Man, opposite Matthew Broderick.[54] She also guest-starred on such shows as Frasier (2001), Sesame Street (2002 and several times afterward) and Ugly Betty (2007).[55][56]

In 2004, Chenoweth began playing the recurring role of media consultant Annabeth Schott in The West Wing.[18] For her performance, she was nominated twice, along with the cast, for a Screen Actors Guild Award. She appeared in the final two seasons of the program through 2006.[57] Chenoweth had been considered originally for the role of Ainsley Hayes, but she had already accepted her role in Wicked.[58]

From 2007 to 2009, Chenoweth played Olive Snook in the television series, Pushing Daisies. For her performance, she received critical acclaim and was nominated two years in a row for an Emmy Award,[59] winning in 2009 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[60] The series was canceled after two seasons.[8] In 2009, Chenoweth lent her voice to the animated comedy series Sit Down, Shut Up, as Miracle Grohe, a science teacher who does not believe in science.[10] The series lasted just thirteen episodes. Later that year, Chenoweth began a recurring role as April Rhodes in Glee, singing several songs, earning enthusiastic notices. The character is a former member of the glee club who never finished high school and ended up hitting rock bottom.[61] A review in USA Today observed, "Her presence may not make much sense, but [if] it means hearing Chenoweth sing, we can put up with any explanation the show cares to offer."[62][63] She received a Satellite Award for Outstanding Guest Star.[64]

In 2010, Chenoweth returned to Glee as April Rhodes, singing more songs.[65] The Los Angeles Times review commented, "the best part about 'Home' was undoubtedly the return of Kristin Chenoweth as April. ... From her spunky duet of 'Fire' with Schue, to the heart-achingly lonely coo of 'One Less Bell to Answer' which segued into a fantastic reprise of 'A House Is Not a Home' and of course her bone-chilling take on 'Home' ... I fell in love with her again."[66] She was nominated for both 2010 and 2011 Emmy Awards for her performances on Glee.[67][68] Chenoweth returned again to Glee in "Rumours" in 2011,[69] and for its 100th episode in 2014.[70] In 2011, Chenoweth joined the cast of a pilot for ABC called Good Christian Bitches as a character named Carlene Cockburn.[71] ABC picked up the show and changed the title to GCB.[72] The series debuted in 2012 but lasted only one season; Chenoweth generally sang a song in each episode.[73] In 2012, she guest-starred in an episode of the sitcom Hot in Cleveland, titled "The Gateway Friend".[69]

Chenoweth played a recurring role as a political reporter in the fourth season of The Good Wife (2012).[74] However, she soon left the show because of serious injuries suffered on the set, where she sustained a skull fracture, broken nose, spinal and rib injuries, and cracked teeth.[75] She appeared in the 2012 season opener[76][77] and returned in a short scene for another episode.[78] In 2013 and 2014, she made two appearances as Brittany Gold on the TV series, Kirstie.[79][80] Chenoweth played Maleficent in the live-action Disney Channel original movie, Descendants. The Entertainment Weekly reviewer said that "Chenoweth stole much of the show".[81][82] It drew the largest cable TV movie audience of 2015 to that date.[83] later that year, Chenoweth appeared in an episode of I Get That a Lot, posing as a waitress,[84] and co-hosted the 69th Tony Awards, for which she was nominated for another Emmy Award.[85] Chenoweth played Velma Von Tussle in NBC's Hairspray Live! in 2016.[86]

In 2017, Chenoweth played the role of Easter in the Starz TV series American Gods.[87] In 2018 on Trial & Error, she appeared as Lavinia Peck-Foster, an eccentric heiress accused of her husband's murder, who hires Josh Segal and Associates to defend her.[88] She participated in a 2018 NBC broadcast, A Very Wicked Halloween, hosting and singing Popular and other numbers to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Wicked on Broadway.[89] The same year, she appeared as a guest on another NBC special, Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas.[90] In March 2019, Chenoweth appeared on British TV as a judge on an ITV special "All Star Musicals". She and Elaine Paige also both performed "I Know Him So Well".[91]


Chenoweth made her film debut in Topa Topa Bluffs in 2002 playing "Patty".[92] After a few years away from film, she returned to the big screen in the 2005 film version of Bewitched, directed by Nora Ephron, as Maria Kelly. In 2006, Chenoweth played supporting roles in five films, The Pink Panther, RV, Running with Scissors, Deck the Halls, and Stranger Than Fiction.

On February 24, 2008, Chenoweth sang "That's How You Know" from the film Enchanted at the 80th Academy Awards in the Kodak Theater.[93] She also voiced Rosetta, the garden fairy in the 2008 animated film Tinker Bell.[10] Later that year, Chenoweth appeared in the 2008 holiday romantic comedy film Four Christmases, playing the sister of Reese Witherspoon's character.

In 2009, Chenoweth starred as a "suicidal prostitute" in the indie drama Into Temptation, written and directed by Patrick Coyle. The film was screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival and was later released on DVD.[94] Also in 2009, Chenoweth reprised her voice role of Rosetta in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure and filmed the Disney comedy You Again (released in 2010). She voiced Gabi, a poisonous frog, in the 2014 animated film, Rio 2.[95][96] In 2015, she appeared with Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman in the thriller film The Boy Next Door and voiced Fifi, Snoopy's love interest, in The Peanuts Movie.[97][98] She voiced Princess Skystar in the 2017 animated film My Little Pony[99] and voices Abby the Mouse in the animated movie The Star (2017).[100]

Other media

Chenoweth often appeared on A Prairie Home Companion.[101] On August 27, 2008, Chenoweth released an internet video with Funny or Die called Intervention with Kristin Chenoweth.[102] The video parodied A&E's show Intervention, with Chenoweth starring as a singing, dancing interventionist. The song in the video was composed by Andrew Lippa, with lyrics by Amy Rhodes, who also wrote the script for the video.[102] Chenoweth admitted that she was hesitant about performing the lyrics.[103]

In 2010, she appeared in a three-minute video short for Glamour Magazine titled "iPad or Bust".[104] She posed for the cover and a photo spread in the March 2006 edition of FHM magazine.[105] In 2011, Chenoweth released her first televised music video on Country Music Television, directed by Roman White, for her song "I Want Somebody".[106] The video for the single peaked at #19 on CMT's Top 20 Countdown.[107]

Recordings and concerts

Chenoweth has a distinctive speaking voice, one she has compared to that of Betty Boop.[108] She is a classically trained coloratura soprano, able to sing the note "F6" (also known as "F above High C").[109]

Among other early recordings, Chenoweth participated in a studio cast recording of The Most Happy Fella in 1992. She was also in the cast recordings of A New Brain (1998) and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999) and a studio cast recording of 110 in the Shade (1999). In 2000, she was featured on the album Grateful: The Songs of John Bucchino. The next year, with Mandy Patinkin, she was featured on the album titled "Kidults".[15] Also in 2001, she released her debut solo album Let Yourself Go, which was a collection of standards from the musicals of the 1930s. One of the tracks featured a duet with Jason Alexander. In October 2002, Chenoweth performed songs from the album in concert for Lincoln Center's American Songbook concert series.[110] Ben Rimalower, in Playbill, praised the album as "a joyous affair".[25] The same year, she appeared as Fanny Brice in the Actor's Fund Benefit Concert of the musical Funny Girl in New York City. In 2003 in London, she performed a solo concert as part of the Divas at the Donmar series for director Sam Mendes. Later that year, she sang Glinda in the cast recording of Wicked and the soundtrack recording of Disney's The Music Man. Rimalower wrote that Chenoweth "sparkles" on the album.[25] In 2004, she released her second album As I Am, which was a Christian music album containing various spiritual songs. The album peaked at number 31 on the U.S. Christian Albums Chart. The same year, Chenoweth gave a concert at Carnegie Hall.[15]

On January 19, 2007, Chenoweth performed a solo concert at The Metropolitan Opera in New York titled Kristin Chenoweth Live At The Met, making history as only the third musical theatre star ever to present a solo concert at that location, following Barbara Cook and Yves Montand.[111] The same year, she was featured in songs with Nathan Gunn on an album titled Just Before Sunrise. The next year, she released her third solo studio album, titled A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas. The album included a duet with John Pizzarelli, and there are several modern holiday tunes, but many traditional carols as well, including The Lord's Prayer. This album has been her best-seller, reaching number 77 on the U.S. Billboard Albums Chart, climbing to number 7 on the U.S. Holiday Albums chart, and number 1 on the U.S. Heatseekers chart. Ben Rimalower, in Playbill, observed that the album "proved an ideal showcase for [Chenoweth's] many gifts".[25] Among many other solo concerts around the U.S., Chenoweth performed her own concert in 2009 with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at the Fox Theatre.[112]

In August 2010, during her nights off from Promises, Promises, Chenoweth recorded her fourth album, a country-pop CD titled Some Lessons Learned.[113] Released on September 13, 2011, the album contains songs by Diane Warren, Dolly Parton and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, among others. Chenoweth co-wrote two of the songs.[114][115] In advance of the album, Chenoweth released the song "I Want Somebody (Bitch About)".[116] Ben Rimalower, writing in Playbill, thought that the album "may be [Chenoweth's] most accomplished".[25] From the TV show GCB, in 2012, Chenoweth released "Blessed Be the Ties that Bind",[117] "Jesus Take the Wheel",[118] "Prayer of St. Francis" (which was also on Some Lessons Learned)[119] and "This Little Light of Mine".[120] Chenoweth conducted her first U.S. concert tour in the summer of 2012. The reviewer for wrote: "Kristin shines on stage."[121]

Less than four months after her July 2012 injury on the set of The Good Wife, Chenoweth returned to the concert stage for a short series of dates in California, where she performed "a sagely programmed 90-minute set, which merged pop, Broadway, gospel and country with perky, unforced-feeling remarks. ... Chenoweth's range, timbre and versatility are in peak form, with astonishing top notes, equalized registers and a delicious ability to variegate attack from number to number."[75] In 2013, Chenoweth performed at the Sydney Opera House as part of an Australian concert tour.[122] In 2014, Chenoweth returned to Carnegie Hall with an autobiographical concert, where she sang "as good a rendition of Much More' as we're ever likely to hear".[21] She also made her London solo concert debut at the Royal Albert Hall, where a reviewer's five-star review noted: "Chenoweth undeniably knows how to engulf a venue, not only with her (sometimes surprisingly) powerful, operatic voice ... but also with her irresistible ... personality ... that audience was in the palm of her hands for the duration of the evening".[123] She joined Andrew Lippa in his oratorio I Am Harvey Milk at Avery Fisher Hall on October 6, 2014.[124]

In 2014, Chenoweth released an album titled Coming Home.[125] The album charted at No. 48 on the Billboard 200 chart.[126] Her Coming Home Tour continued into 2017.[127] Chenoweth released her next album, The Art of Elegance, in 2016,[128] which debuted at No. 36 on the Billboard 200[129] and No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.[130] One of the songs on the album, "I'm a Fool to Want You", was nominated for a Grammy Award for its arrangements.[131] She gave a series of concerts at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, titled My Love Letter to Broadway, in 2016.[132] In 2017, she gave a concert at the London Palladium, where she "put on a spectacular show and simultaneously formed a heartfelt connection with her fans."[133]

Chenoweth released the album For the Girls on September 27, 2019, which features covers of songs by female performers from various genres that have influenced her. She collaborated with Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande on the album.[134] In support of the album, she will present eight concert performances at the Nederlander Theatre from November 8 to 17, 2019.[135]

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.[136] 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.[137][138] 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.[139] 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 "Care Bears Winter Fun-Derland" float.[140]

She sang with Il Divo as part of Il Divo's Christmas Tour on December 15, 16 and 17, 2009, in New York City and December 18 in Boston.[141][142] She has sung the U.S. national anthem at various sporting events, including the 2010 New York Yankees home opener,[143] at Candlestick Park for the NFL's NFC Conference Championship on January 22, 2012,[144] at the Arizona Cardinals' season opener in 2016 and their game at University of Phoenix Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks on November 9, 2017.[145] Also in 2010, Chenoweth hosted the 15th Annual Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards on VH1.[146]

In 2013, Chenoweth co-hosted the Oscars Red Carpet Live immediately prior to the 85th Academy Awards[147] and also sang the closing number of the ceremony, "Here's to the Losers", with host Seth MacFarlane, in which, paraphrasing the original Frank Sinatra song, the two poked genial fun at nominees who had not received awards.[148] Chenoweth was the solo performer in the Live from Lincoln Center feature "The Dames of Broadway... All of 'Em!!!"[25] In July, she hosted the fifth Just For Laughs gala in Montreal.[149] She also appeared in the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade performing the song "New York, New York" while riding aboard Royal Caribbean's "A World at Sea" float.[150]

In 2015, she co-hosted the Tony Awards.[151] She appeared as a guest with Andrea Bocelli on some of his 2017–2018 American tour stops.[152] In December 2018, Chenoweth was the guest artist for the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square's Christmas Concert in Salt Lake City, Utah.[153]

Personal life

In 2009, Chenoweth wrote a memoir entitled A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages, describing her life and career, including her adoption, her turn in Wicked and her time in Hollywood.[154]

Chenoweth has spoken publicly about her religious faith; she describes herself as a "non-judgmental, liberal Christian".[155]

According to The New York Times, when Chenoweth "assured her theater fans that she supports gay rights, her Christian base was outraged; she was disinvited from performing at a Women of Faith conference in September 2005".[156][157] Chenoweth released an album in April 2005, As I Am, a mixture of hymns and contemporary Christian music, with adult contemporary arrangements. To promote the album, she made an appearance on The 700 Club, which upset some of her gay fans.[158] She later said she thought that the "Pat Robertsons and Jerry Falwells of the world are scary" and that she regretted appearing on the show.[159]

Chenoweth has dated several men in Hollywood, including producer Dana Brunetti,[160] actors Seth Green, Lane Garrison and Marc Kudisch (to whom she was engaged from 1998 to 2001),[161] and producer/writer Aaron Sorkin.[162] In Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, the character of the Christian Harriet Hayes bears significant resemblances to Chenoweth, and the relationship between Hayes and "East coast liberal Jewish atheist" (Hayes' description) Matt Albie is modeled after that of Chenoweth and Sorkin. For example, Chenoweth's decision to appear on The 700 Club and her falling out with Women of Faith were depicted with the Hayes character.[10][163]

Chenoweth suffers from Ménière's disease, an inner-ear disorder that can cause vertigo, headaches and nausea, among other symptoms. She has said that during some performances, she leaned on her co-stars to keep her balance, and that it has caused her to miss performances.[10]

In May 2010, Chenoweth wrote in response to an article in Newsweek by Ramin Setoodeh, an openly gay writer. Setoodeh thought that her Tony-nominated Promises, Promises co-star, Sean Hayes, "comes off as wooden and insincere" in playing the straight character Chuck and that Jonathan Groff has a similar credibility problem in the TV show Glee. He questioned whether any openly gay actor could acceptably portray a straight character.[164] Chenoweth called the article "horrendously homophobic" and criticized Setoodeh's view as rationalizing "the same kind of bullying" that gay youths face in high school. Chenoweth argued that audiences "come to the theater to go on a journey" and do not care about an actor's sexual orientation.[165] The story was picked up by major media, including The New York Times[166] and the Los Angeles Times.[167]



Year Show Role Notes
1997 Steel Pier Precious McGuire Richard Rodgers Theatre
April 24, 1997 – June 28, 1997
1999 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Sally Brown Ambassador Theatre
February 4, 1999 – June 13, 1999
1999 Epic Proportions Louise Goldman Helen Hayes Theatre
September 7, 1999 – December 19, 1999
2003 Wicked Glinda the Good Witch George Gershwin Theatre
October 8, 2003 – July 18, 2004
2006 The Apple Tree Eve, Princess Barbára,
Ella & Passionella
Studio 54
December 14, 2006 – March 11, 2007
2010 Promises, Promises Fran Kubelik The Broadway Theatre
March 28, 2010 – January 2, 2011
2015 On the Twentieth Century Lily Garland American Airlines Theatre
February 12, 2015 – July 19, 2015
2016 My Love Letter to Broadway Herself Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
November 2, 2016 – November 13, 2016
2019 For The Girls Herself Nederlander Theatre
November 8, 2019 – November 17, 2019

Other selected theatre productions

Year Title Role Venue
1991 The King and I Tuptim Music Theatre Wichita, Wichita, KS
1993 Animal Crackers Arabella Rittenhouse Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ
1994 Box Office of the Damned Kristy CSC Theatre, Off-Broadway
1994 Dames at Sea Ruby Harold Clurman Theater, Off-Broadway
1994 Phantom Christine Daaé North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly, MA
1995 Phantom Christine Daaé German tour
1995 Strike Up the Band Anne Draper Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT
1995 The Fantasticks Luisa Sullivan Street Playhouse, Off-Broadway
1997 Scapin Hyacinth Laura Pels Theatre, Off-Broadway
1998 A New Brain Nancy D / Waitress Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, Off-Broadway
2002 Strike Up the Band Anne Draper Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT
2009 Love, Loss, and What I Wore N/A Westside Theatre, Off-Broadway

New York City Center Encores!

Year Title Role
1998 Strike up the Band Anne Draper
2000 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Daisy Gamble / Melinda
2005 The Apple Tree Eve, Princess Barbára, Ella/Passionella
2007 Stairway to Paradise Female Star
2009 Music in the Air Frieda Hatzfeld


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Topa Topa Bluffs Patty
2005 Bewitched Maria Kelly
2006 The Pink Panther Cherie
2006 RV Mary Jo Gornicke
2006 Running with Scissors Fern Stewart
2006 Stranger than Fiction Book Channel host
2006 Deck the Halls Tia Hall
2006 A Sesame Street Christmas Carol Christmas Carol Voice
2008 Space Chimps Kilowatt Voice
2008 Tinker Bell Rosetta Voice
2008 Four Christmases Courtney
2009 Into Temptation Linda Salerno
2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Rosetta Voice
2010 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Rosetta Voice
2010 You Again Georgia King
2012 Hit and Run Debby Kreeger
2013 Family Weekend[168] Samantha Smith-Dungy
2014 The Opposite Sex Mrs. Kemp
2014 Rio 2 Gabi Voice
2015 Strange Magic Sugar Plum Fairy Voice
2015 The Boy Next Door Vicky Lansing
2015 The Peanuts Movie Fifi Voice
2015 Twinsters[169] Associate producer
2016 Hard Sell Lorna Buchanan
2017 Class Rank Janet Krauss
2017 My Little Pony: The Movie Princess Skystar Voice
2017 The Star Abby the Mouse Voice role
2019 A Christmas Love Story Katherine Clark[170]
TBA Holidate Aunt Susan Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Annie Lily St. Regis
1999 LateLine Kristin Episode: "The Christian Guy"
1999 Paramour Unknown Miniseries
2001 Seven Roses Unknown
2001 Kristin Kristin Yancey 13 episodes (7 unaired)
2001 Frasier Portia Sanders Episode: "Junior Agent"
2002 Baby Bob Crystal Carter Episode: "Talking Babies Say the Darndest Things"
2003 The Music Man Marian Paroo
2003 Fillmore! Museum Guide Voice role, episode: "Masterstroke of Malevolence"
2005 Great Performances Cunegonde Episode: "Leonard Bernstein's Candide"
2004–2006 The West Wing Annabeth Schott 34 episodes
2003, 2006 Sesame Street Ms. Noodle 2 episodes
2001, 2007 Elmo's World Ms. Noodle 2 episodes
2007 Ugly Betty Diane Episode: "East Side Story"
2007 52nd Drama Desk Awards Host Special
2007, 2018 Robot Chicken Various Voices Voice role; episodes: "Squaw Bury Shortcake"; "What Can You Tell Me About Butt Rashes?"
2007–2009 Pushing Daisies Olive Snook 22 episodes
2009 Twelve Men of Christmas E. J. Baxter Lifetime movie
2009 Sit Down, Shut Up Miracle Grohe Voice role; 13 episodes
2009 Legally Mad Skippy Pylon Pilot, not aired
Glee April Rhodes 5 episodes
2012 GCB Carlene Cockburn 10 episodes
2012 Hot in Cleveland Courtney Price Episode: "The Gateway Friend"
2012 The Good Wife Peggy Byrne 2 episodes[78]
2013–2014 Kirstie Brittany Gold 2 episodes[79][80][171]
2014–2017 BoJack Horseman Vanessa Gekko, Mrs. Teach-Bot Voice role; 4 episodes[172]
2015 American Dad! Devin Voice role; episode: "LGBSteve"
2015 69th Tony Awards Host Special
2015 Descendants Maleficent Disney Channel Original Movie
2015 The Muppets Herself Episode: "The Ex-Factor"
2016 Hairspray Live! Velma Von Tussle Special
2017 American Gods Easter Episode: "Come to Jesus"[173]
2017 Younger Marylynne Keller Episode: "Post Truth"[174]
2018 Mom Miranda Episode: "Charlotte Brontë and a Backhoe"[175]
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Guest judge Episode:"All Stars Snatch Game"[176]
2018 Trial & Error Lavinia Peck-Foster Main cast (season 2)
2018 A Very Wicked Halloween Glinda/Herself Special: co-host and performer[89]
2019 A Christmas Love Story Katherine Clark Hallmark Channel Movie


Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


US Country

Let Yourself Go
As I Am
  • Released: April 5, 2005
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment (#94384)
  • Format: CD, digital download
A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas
  • Released: October 14, 2008
  • Label: Sony Masterworks (#8869734256)
  • Format: CD, digital download
77 7
Some Lessons Learned
  • Released: September 13, 2011
  • Label: Sony Masterworks
  • Format: CD, digital download
50 14
Coming Home[125]
  • Released: November 17, 2014
  • Label: Concord Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
The Art of Elegance
  • Released: September 23, 2016
  • Label: Concord Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
36 1
For the Girls
  • Released: September 27, 2019[135]
  • Label: Concord Records
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


List of Chenoweth's singles that have charted, with chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Maybe This Time"
(Glee Cast featuring Kristin Chenoweth)
2009 88 100 [upper-alpha 1] 87 Glee: The Music, Volume 1
(Glee Cast featuring Kristin Chenoweth)
51 94 58 25 47
"Last Name"
(Glee Cast featuring Kristin Chenoweth)
44 83 Glee: The Music,
The Complete Season One
(Glee Cast featuring Kristin Chenoweth)
2010 64 52 93
"One Less Bell to Answer / A House Is Not a Home"
(Glee Cast featuring Kristin Chenoweth)
53 63 77 Glee: The Music,
Volume 3 Showstoppers
(Glee Cast featuring Kristin Chenoweth)
90 92 116
(Glee Cast featuring Kristin Chenoweth)
2011 92 [upper-alpha 2] Glee: The Music, Volume 6
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.
  1. "Maybe This Time" did not enter the Canadian Hot 100, but did peak at number 65 on the Hot Canadian Digital Song Sales chart.[187]
  2. "Dreams" did not enter the Canadian Hot 100, but did peak at number 69 on the Hot Canadian Digital Song Sales chart.[187]

Awards and honors

Chenoweth was awarded an honorary doctorate in Performing Arts from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2009, where she was the commencement speaker.[188] Oklahoma City University, where she received her undergraduate and master's degrees, awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2013.[11] In 2010, Chenoweth was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.[189] In 2011, she won the GLAAD Vanguard Award.[190]

In 2012, the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center named its theatre the Kristin Chenoweth Theatre.[191] Chenoweth received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.[19] In 2015, she was inducted as an honorary member of the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity's Sigma Theta chapter at Eastman School of Music.[192]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1997 Theatre World Awards Outstanding Broadway Debut Steel Pier Won [193]
1999 Tony Awards Best Featured Actress in a Musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Won [193]
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won
2004 Tony Awards Best Actress in a Musical Wicked Nominated [193]
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
2007 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Musical The Apple Tree Nominated [193]
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
2015 Tony Awards Best Actress in a Musical On the Twentieth Century Nominated [193]
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Musical Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Won
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2005 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
2006 Nominated
2008 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Pushing Daisies Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie Nominated
2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2010 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Glee Nominated
2011 Nominated
2012 People's Choice Awards Best TV Guest Star Nominated
2016 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Program 69th Tony Awards Nominated


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