Beloved Singer and Comedienne Takes the Stage Solo
On November 2, 2016, Kristin Chenoweth’s one-woman solo concert event, My Love Letter to Broadway, begins on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The show will run for an exclusively limited engagement until November 13, 2016. Chenoweth is an extremely acclaimed singer, actress, and comedienne who has delighted fans on both stage and screen. In the Broadway domain, she is best known for playing the role of Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in 1999, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, as well as for originating the role of Glinda in Wicked in 2003. More recently, Chenoweth has been seen in last season’s On the Twentieth Century, in the role of Lily Garland and Mildred Plotka, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. For Wicked, she was nominated for the same award, in addition to the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. However, in both cases, her co-star Idina Menzel won out, purely because of the nature of the story and the sympathetic nature of the role of Elphaba. Nevertheless, since Wicked, Chenoweth’s star power has been cemented, and it’s about time for her to hold her own on the Broadway stage in a solo concert event.
In My Love Letter to Broadway, Chenoweth will perform a variety of songs ranging from the musical theatre to American songbook genres. She has just released a solo album called The Art of Elegance, which is her first album of American songbook classics. For the concert event, she will be singing some songs from this album, in addition to those more at home on the Broadway stage from the musical theatre genre. The director of My Love Letter to Broadway is Richard Jay-Alexander, who will be making his Broadway directorial debut with this show. His past Broadway credits include Associate Directing and Executive Producing Five Guys Named Moe in 1992, as well as Les Misérables in 1987. Prior to that, he was the stage manager for Song and Dance in 1985, assistant stage manager and performer in Oliver! In 1984 and Amadeus in 1980, and a performer in Zoot Suit in 1979. Therefore, Jay-Alexander is a veteran of the Broadway stage, although this will be his first honor in directing an entire show on his own.
Also a Beloved Television Star from “Glee” and “The West Wing”
Since she came to fame in Wicked, Chenoweth has also built a successful career in television. From 2004 to 2006, she played Annabeth Schott on The West Wing on NBC, for which she was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild award for an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in two consecutive years, 2005 and 2006. Furthermore, she played the role of Olive Snook in Pushing Daisies on ABC, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2009. That same year, she took home the Satellite Award for Outstanding Guest Star for Glee. The following two years, in 2010 and 2011, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, also for Glee. All in all, Chenoweth has had an incredible career, and has a lifetime of achievements still ahead of her. With her signature bubbly personality and hilarious wit, her Broadway concert My Love Letter to Broadway is sure to be an unmissable event.