DIVA TALK: Catching Up With Tony and Emmy Winner Kristin Chenoweth
01 Jun 2012
News, views and reviews about the multi-talented women of the musical theatre and the concert/cabaret stage.
Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth is comin' to town. And, she has gift bags (but more about those later)!
The gifted singing actress, who possesses the largest vocal range this side of the Met, will perform in concert June 2 at the famed New York City Center. Her brand-new concert tour, which launched May 9 in Seattle and is currently scheduled to continue through June 24, boasts direction by Richard Jay-Alexander and musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell.
"I really wanted to challenge myself and do some different material, and I knew of Richard Jay," Chenoweth told me 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."
Although the Broadway favorite didn't want to give away too many of the concert's titles, she did explain, "People would be disappointed if I didn't do 'Popular,' but it's done in a different way, which I'm really proud of. Obviously, some more legit-operatic things will be represented. Disco is there as well, and country music, which was a big part of my upbringing and my past, and gospel. It's everything that I do, so I'm going to do it! It's also the hardest thing I've ever done. It's like running a marathon. And, my background — I don't even want to call them vocalists — they're actors, singers and dancers. They're all Broadway people for a reason because what's required of them is what's required of me, and you have to be able to do all of it. And, there's a lovely tribute to another hit Broadway show that I'm very proud of. I can't give too much away, but it's not just me standing there singing."