By Paul Kalis
On Friday, Feb. 7, Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth performed some of her most memorable songs and Broadway show tunes, including music from “Wicked,” “Promises Promises,” and her new album “Some Lessons Learned” in a concert appearance at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.
Chenoweth starred as Olive Snook in the ABC series “Pushing Daisies,” receiving an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2009. She also appeared in Fox’s “Glee” as April Rhodes, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a People’s Choice Award. In 2003, Chenoweth originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked” and earned a Tony Award in 1999 for her performance of Sally Brown in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Recently, Chenoweth has been busy with roles on TV Land’s “Kirstie” and Lifetime’s “Project Runway Allstars,” with voice over work on the new movie “Rio 2,” which is hitting theaters April 11. She is also returning for the 100th episode of Glee, a two-part special event currently scheduled to air on March 18 and 25.
Throughout the performance, Chenoweth spoke to the audience and injected lots of comedy between each song, one of
which she sang with a 10 year old girl from the audience. She noted her hair was done by an LIU Post student and joked about surviving a nearly-fatal accident when she was struck by a piece of lighting equipment on the Brooklyn set of CBS’s “The Good Wife” in 2012. She also learned just how “long” Long Island really is with a four hour commute on the Long Island Expressway due to heavy traffic from Manhattan. As a result, she broke her record of never missing a sound check.
“I am still not over it; I will never get over that trip,” Chenoweth told The Pioneer. “The traffic was just so bad. I should have left at 2:30p.m.”
According to a Newsday article published on Nov. 1, 2013, Chenoweth spent five days on Long Island in October 2013 shooting scenes at a home in Bellmore for Oyster Bay native Sean Nalaboff’s teen indie, “Hard Sell.” She did not get a chance to experience Long Island, but was able to walk her dog in the quiet neighborhood during breaks.
“It’s like being in Oklahoma, but with a different accent,” said Chenoweth who was raised in the Sooner State. “The people are really down to earth, and it made me feel happy. I was very proud to be here. That is one of the reasons why I couldn’t wait to come back and sing here. The people are cool.”