Chamber Honors Actress Kristin Chenoweth with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Helping emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star were Walk of Famer Carol Burnett and Kenny Ortega. “We are thrilled to have triple threat and veteran of the stage and screen Kristin Chenoweth on our iconic Walk of Fame. The chatter is that fans are very excited to see their favorite actress receiving the coveted star on Hollywood’s most famous sidewalk,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.
Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth takes the lead in a career that spans film, television, voice-over and stage, effortlessly. She will next be seen in the premiere of Disney Channel’s “Descendants” directed by Kenny Ortega, premiering July 31st.
She received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the ABC series “Pushing Daisies.” Chenoweth lit up the stage of McKinley High on Fox’s hit comedy “Glee” as a former student who returned to town with more than the baggage from her flight. In her role as Glee’s quirky ex-songstress, April Rhodes, she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a People’s Choice Award in the category of “Favorite TV Guest Star.” Though Kristin has often appeared on hit shows such as “The West Wing,” she may be most remembered by Broadway lovers everywhere. Her origination of the role of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked” earned her a Tony Award nomination, and her Tony-winning performance in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” stole the show and hearts in the process.
Chenoweth is currently appearing on Broadway, playing the glamorous film star, Lily Garland, in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s “On the Twentieth Century,” which has received rave reviews.Chenoweth’s performance has already won her Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award. She has also earned nominations for
: Tony Award in the category “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical,” and Drama League Award.Earlier this year, she co-starred in the Universal film “The Boy Next Door,” alongside Jennifer Lopez. She was also seen in the film “A Bet’s A Bet.” She’s completed production on the indie teen drama entitled “Hard Sell.” and will be seen this summer in the Disney Channel’s live-action original movie “Descendants,” in which she will play the classic Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent.
In 2014, Chenoweth starred as a poisonous frog named Gabi in the hit animated film “Rio 2.” She also reprised her nominated role in the 100th episode of “Glee.” She returned to the famed Carnegie Hall for a sold-out concert. Her first solo-concert at Carnegie Hall was in 2004, also to a sold-out audience. On stage, she performed songs from her album, “Some Lessons Learned,”as well as some of her most memorable songs from Broadway’s “Wicked,” “Promises Promises,” and TV’s “Glee.” She performed “An Evening With…” show at London’s grade one listed and the highly prestigious Royal Albert Hall, in which she received a record-breaking standing ovation. She was featured in the “Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem,” a concert special honoring the 200th anniversary of the national anthem. The event was televised live on PBSas part of the network’s “Great Performances”series. Chenoweth hosted the PBS Arts Fall Festival, which featured classic Broadway hits, music from around the country and theatre performances. The festival included her own concert performance, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home, and was released as a live CD and DVD, and aired as a PBS television special Thanksgiving weekend.
A veteran of the concert stage, Chenoweth has performed to sold-out crowds in concert halls across the country. In 2013, she made her Australian national touring debut, headlining the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and performing at the famed Sydney Opera House. She made national headlines with her stunning renditions of Hollywood’s most beloved songs from classic films, when she performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame. Chenoweth also performed at The Allen Room in New York’s acclaimed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, with her show - Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway… All of ‘Em!!!, which aired on PBS. Other concert highlights include her Los Angeles solo debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Metropolitan Opera House, an evening at the Greek Theatre, the Washington National Opera’s 50th Anniversary Gala with Placido Domingo, a solo concert at Sam Mendes’ acclaimed Donmar Warehouse as part of the “Divas at Donmar” series. Chenoweth also collaborated with The New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony.
In addition to her starring roles on stage and screen, in 2009, Chenoweth wrote an upliftingly candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far in “A Little Bit Wicked,” which was released by Simon & Schuster, and debuted on The New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller List.
It’s no secret that Chenoweth wears her heart on her sleeve when it comes to her love of theater, which was the catalyst for her charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BA PAC) in her home town in Oklahoma. Chenoweth is also a passionate supporter of charities which dedicate their time and efforts to helping those in need, such as the Kristin Chenoweth Art & Education Fund, The Red Cross, Broadway Cares EFA, The Point Foundation, ASTEP, breast cancer awareness, adoption advocacy and organizations supporting animal welfare.
Chenoweth earned a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater and a Master’s degree in Opera Performance from Oklahoma City University. She was presented with Honorary Doctorate degrees from both the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and her alma mater, Oklahoma City University. Kristin is an inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
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For Immediate Release: July 14, 2015
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