If anyone can be called a “phenom” it would be Kristin Chenoweth. She can do stage (Promises Promises, Apple Tree, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Wicked), television (Pushing Daisies, West Wing, Glee), movies (You Again, Bewitched), and concerts all over the world. She has written an autobiography entitled A Little Bit Wicked. She was even supposed to do an opera at The Metropolitan Opera. Kristin Chenoweth is adorable, funny, gorgeous, and has a voice that encompasses pop to opera. On New Year’s Eve at Disney Hall she did two back-to-back concerts to sold-out houses.
She began her concert with a medley of Jerome Kern songs from Showboat (“Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man,” “Bill,” “Nobody Else”). Kristin then did a hysterical song called “14G” about living in an apartment building with an opera singer below and a country-western singer above. This was a great song for her because she got to really show off her versatility and her sense of humor.
Other highlights included “Say A Little Prayer” from Promises Promises (which closed the next night), a beautiful religious song called “Because He Lives” (she calls herself a “God Person”), and several numbers involving some singers and dancers she brought with her from Promises Promises in New York. She even took time to introduce a young Irish singer, Eamonn McCrystal, who sang while she changed costume.
The majority of the rest were songs she will be singing on a new album. One very moving song was called “Fathers and Daughters” which choked her up. She ended up leading us in singing “Auld Lang Syne.” The singers she brought with her were excellent. They were Nikki Renee Daniels, Sarah Jane Everman, Chelsea Krombach, and Kristen Beth Williams. Their vocals blended together nicely having practiced being the back-up singers in Promises Promises.
The two dancers were Sean Martin Hingston (also from Promises Promises) and Charlie Williams. The music director was Rob Fisher who played the piano along with five musicians, Wayne Bergeron, Ray Brinker, Trey Henry, Sal Lozano, and Paul Vispiano. Throughout Ms. Chenoweth was relaxed, professional, and the show was brilliantly put together by Broadway director Rob Ashford. Kristin Chenoweth performed her two shows on New Year’s Eve at the beautiful Disney Hall.