Tony Award winner, Kristin Chenoweth returned to Costa Mesa with her one night only show at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Saturday night. Accompanied by a 5-piece orchestra, Ms. Chenoweth performed such classic standards as “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady, “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret, “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.
Throughout the enchanted evening, Chenoweth shared stories about growing up in Oklahoma, being both a devoted Christian and gay rights supporter and for her love of cheese tots from Sonic Drive-In!
Chenoweth’s set list also included some heartfelt favorites including “For Good” from Wicked, “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables, a stripped down, soulful rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Little Sparrow” and a cover of Don Henley’s “Heart of the Matter,” which she started performing shortly after the tragedy in Sandy Hook.
There were many lighter moments from the show as well. Chenoweth sang her version of “Dance 10; Looks 3” from A Chorus Line, which she originally performed in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma but with a few lyrical changes to appease the ultraconservative audience in the Bible Belt. After praying about it we decided to replace the words “tits and ass” with “boobs and butt,” she explained. The highlight of the evening though, is when Chenoweth, decided to reprise her role as Glinda the Good and offer a certain Presidential hopeful (aka Donald Trump) a little wickedly advice on how to become more “Popular,” before belting out the crowd-pleasing tune.
The 90-minute show, with no intermission became a running joke as she apologized for no breaks, but vowed to keep things moving along since she had a small bladder herself. This must’ve been no easy feat considering the large beverage from In-N-Out Burger she was drinking throughout the performance.
Later, Chenoweth was joined onstage by a group of local theater majors while singing the gospel song “Upon This Rock.” During the introduction, she did make light of her song choice but noted “I’m the artist, therefore I get to perform whatever song I choose but for you atheists in the audience the song will be over in 4 minutes. We’ll pray for you,” she giggled.
Chenoweth closed the night with a feel good anthem off her 2011 album, Some Lessons Learned, called “I Was Here.” She described the song as the legacy she wants to leave behind to the world. For her encore, she selected the Charlie Chaplin classic, “Smile” before receiving a standing ovation.
After the performance, we were invited to go backstage to meet the Broadway legend herself. She is equally charming and genuine. When my husband mentioned to her that she was my Valentine’s gift to him, she lit up and said:
“You guys are married? That makes me very happy!”
Kristin Chenoweth is the epitome of a true star! Her beautiful, soprano voice filled the Segerstrom Hall to the delights of the 2,500 patrons in attendance. Her other stage credits include You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Promises Promises. She is also the founder of the Kristin Chenoweth Arts and Education Fund. Chenoweth’s TV credits include The West Wing, Disney’s Descendants and Pushing Daisies, for which she won an Emmy.
For upcoming tour dates please visit her website at http://www.officialkristinchenoweth.com