Kristin Chenoweth checks two boxes when it comes to entertainers. First, Chenoweth is one of those singers that have a big voice and a small body—like Christina Aguilera, Ariana Grande, and Eddie Vedder. The singer is an inch shy of standing five-feet tall.
Secondly, Chenoweth won a major award but not for her most famous role. Everyone knows Chenoweth originated the role of “Glinda” in the insanely popular and successful Broadway musical Wicked. While she was nominated for that role, she actually won her Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) for portraying “Sally Brown” in the Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. That revival didn’t even run 150 shows.
Chenoweth was born on July 24, 1968 and adopted four days later. As a child, she sung in church. When she was 12, she performed at a national conference of Southern Baptists.
Chenoweth graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in musical theatre. She then acquired a master’s degree in opera from the same institution. Chenoweth is a coloratura soprano and can hit the “F” above high “C.”
As a young woman, Chenoweth also competed in beauty pageants. She was second runner-up to Miss Oklahoma in 1991.
Chenoweth’s first Broadway role came in 1997 when she starred in Kander and Ebb’s Steel Pier. The production, which received mixed reviews, also starred Gregory Harrison and Debra Monk.
In 2003, Chenoweth landed the role of Glinda in the musical Wicked. She played the Good Witch of the North for nine months and picked up a Tony nomination for “Best Actress in a Musical.”
Chenoweth released her first studio album, Let Yourself Go, in 2001. As of 2014, her discography contains a total of five entries. Two, including Let Yourself Go and Coming Home, are composed of show tunes. Two others, As I Am (2005) and Some Lessons Learned (2011), are spiritual-based. The fifth opus, A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas, is holiday-themed.
Chenoweth also starred in several television shows including The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Ugly Betty, GCB, The Good Wife, and Glee. Her work in Pushing Daisies earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Chenoweth suffers from Meniere’s disease. Since the malady can cause vertigo, Chenoweth has leaned on her fellow actors during live performances in order to keep her balance. The disease has also forced her to cancel shows and refund Kristin Chenoweth tickets.