Emmy and Tony Award-winner, Kristin Chenoweth is beloved for her talents that span film, television and stage. A gifted singer, actor and comedian, Chenoweth joins the Louisville Orchestra to perform her best-known hits from â€œWicked,â€ â€œGlee,â€ â€œOn The Twentieth Centuryâ€ and popular standards and classics from Broadway, Hollywood and more! Expect a fun and unforgettable Valentineâ€™s Day-themed show at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on February 13. To our delight, the dynamite stage queen took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions.
Youâ€™ve been to Louisville and the Kentucky Center before. Whatâ€™s it like to be back and working with the Louisville Orchestra again?
This time I get to work with one of the top orchestras in the country, so that makes me very happy. I found [Whitney Hall] on my last tour in 2012 to be gorgeous and singer-friendly, so Iâ€™m excited to get back in that hall and sing some new stuff.
What are some of your pre-performance rituals?
I like to spend time doing my make-up and listening to music. Currently, Iâ€™m listening to Adele and â€œHamilton,â€ the Broadway musical. I like to put Crystal Light in my water, and I always pray before I go on.
Is there any particular number youâ€™re looking forward to performing for the audience?
Yes, and I think Iâ€™ll keep a secret for reasons known to myself.
Do you have time to take in whichever city youâ€™re currently in? If so, whereâ€™s your favorite place to go in Louisville?
Iâ€™m going to come in the day before, and Iâ€™m definitely going to go out and have a good nice meal before. I always like to walk around the city and see whatâ€™s there; I like to do that for every city I go to. The last time I was in Louisville, I didnâ€™t get to do that, so this time I will. Friends have told me to check out Jeff Rubyâ€™s, so Iâ€™ll do that â€™cause they know I love me a good steak!
Is there anything exciting coming up for you in your life or career that youâ€™d like tell us about?
I am getting ready to debut the new concept opera â€œI Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milkâ€ in April at the Strathmore Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland. That is something Iâ€™m very excited about. I have a couple of TV projects Iâ€™m developing and will be working on during the summer. Iâ€™m just excited that I am allowed to continue to be creative. I also have to do an album this spring for my label, Concord, and Iâ€™m currently putting together music for that.
One last fun one: Whatâ€™s the goofiest thing in the room youâ€™re in right now?
A Relax the Back Hook for your neck. VT