Kristin Chenoweth On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets
Kristin Dawn Chenoweth was born on July 24, 1968 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer, best known for originating the role of Glinda in the musical phenomenon Wicked, as well as her television roles on "Pushing Daisies," "The West Wing," and "Glee."
Chenoweth studied at Broken Arrow Senior High School and attended Oklahoma City University, earning a bachelor's degree in musical theatre in 1990 and a master's degree in opera performance in 1992. During her years in education, she also performed in regional productions of iconic musicals such as Gypsy, The Sound of Music, Promises, Promises, and The King and I. And after successfully auditioning for the 1993 Paper Mill Playhouse production of Animal Crackers, she moved to New York City.
At the beginning of her career on stage, Chenoweth performed in various regional productions (such as The Phantom of the Opera) and she made her Off-Broadway debut as Luisa in The Fantasticks in 1994. She followed this with two more off-Broadway productions - Box Office of the Damned in 1994 and Scapin for Roundabout Theatre Company in 1997 - before making her Broadway debut in Steel Pier in March 1997 and receiving her Theatre World Award. After appearing in Lincoln Center Theater's A New Brain Off-Broadway in 1998, she would return to Broadway and originate the role of Sally in the 1999 revival of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, which led to her winning a Tony Award for "Best Featured Actress In A Musical" that year, alongside her first Drama Desk Award.
Chenoweth made her straight play Broadway debut in Epic Proportions in the fall of 1999 and her next Broadway venture would change her life for good. Following a tryout in San Francisco, she would originate the infamous role of Glinda in the global phenomenon that is Wicked in October 2003, propelling her into Broadway superstardom. She received a 2004 Tony Award nomination for "Best Actress In A Musical" for her efforts and the musical went on to win the Grammy Award for "Best Musical Theater Album."
Since Wicked, Chenoweth has starred in Roundabout Theatre Company's 2006 Broadway revival of The Apple Tree, the 2010 Broadway revival of Promises, Promises, and Roundabout's 2015 Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century, earning another Tony Award nomination and winning a second Drama Desk Award for the latter. In November 2016, she staged her own concert series at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, entitled Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway and over the course of her career, she has also performed in five Encores! productions at New York City Center: Strike up the Band in 1998, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever in 2000, The Apple Tree in 2005, Stairway to Paradise in 2007, and Music in the Air in 2009.
On television, Chenoweth starred in a semi-autobiographical NBC sitcom named "Kristin" in 2001 and starred as Marian Paroo in the 2003 television movie "The Music Man," but her breakthrough role came in 2004, playing media consultant Annabeth Schott in "The West Wing" on NBC. She remained with the series through 2006. Her next big role was Olive Snook in ABC's "Pushing Daisies," for which she earned her first Emmy Award nomination in 2008 and won an Emmy in 2009. That same year she would also star as April Rhodes in the much beloved musical series "Glee" on Fox; a role that would earn her two further Emmy nominations in 2010 and 2011. Since Glee, her most notable TV credits have included "Sit Down, Shut Up" on Fox, "GCB" on ABC, "Descendants" on the Disney Channel, "Trial & Error" on NBC, and the role of Velma Von Tussle in NBC's "Hairspray Live!" in 2016.
Chenoweth has also played roles in a number of films, most notably "Bewitched" (2005), "The Pink Panther" (2006), "R.V.: Runaway Vacation" (2006), "Rio 2" (2014), "The Boy Next Dorr" (2015), "The Peanuts Movie" (2015), and Disney's "Tinker Bell" movie franchize.
As a recording artist, she has released a total of seven studio albums: "Let Yourself Go" in 2001, "As I Am" in 2005, "A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas" in 2008, "Some Lessons Learned" in 2011, "Coming Home" in 2014, "The Art of Elegance" in 2016, and "For the Girls" in 2019. She returned to Broadway in celebration of her seventh album for a limited concert series engagement entitled Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls at the Nederlander Theatre from November 8 through November 17, 2019.