Kristin Chenoweth in Concert at City Center
"I really wanted to challenge myself and do some different material, and I knew of Richard Jay," Chenoweth told Playbill.com earlier this week. "We talked one night, and he said, 'I want to work for you. I think I can help you with this,' and he did. He kind of changed my life. It sounds very dramatic, but what he did was he freed me from not just a lot of material that I needed to put to bed for a while, but to say what I wanted to say in this concert tour and that it didn't need to just be about the latest album. It needed to be me, and that's what the show is. It sounds funny to say, 'It's all about me!' But meaning it's all about things I want to say, and as artists, when we perform in concert...that's what we get the opportunity to do, and he helped me put together this show with the message that I want to say. The main one is, 'How do you want to leave your mark on this world?' and 'What is your legacy?' I have been doing a lot of different types of music, and in this show, [they are all] well represented, and I'm very proud of it, the thing I'm probably most proud of so far in my career. I have to give him and Mary-Mitchell Campbell, my music director, credit because we did it together. We did it together."
Chenoweth won the Tony Award in 1999 for her performance in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. She was nominated in 2004 for her performance in Wicked and has also been seen on Broadway in Steel Pier, Epic Proportions, The Apple Tree and Promises, Promises. The actress is also known for her film and television work, including the recent ABC series "GCB." Her new CD, "Some Lessons Learned," arrived Sept. 13, 2011, on the Sony Masterworks label.