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Kristin Chenoweth on the red carpet of the 69th Annual Tony Awards
|Full name||Kristi Dawn Chenoweth|
|Birthdate||July 24, 1968 (age 48)|
|Voice roles||Princess Skystar|
Chenoweth made her Broadway debut in 1997 as Hyacinth in the Roundabout Theater Company's production of Scapin alongside Bill Irwin. She then played the role of Precious McGuire in Kander and Ebb's Steel Pier that same year. Two years later, she appeared in the 1999 Broadway revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown as the character of Sally Brown, a character replacing the obscure character of Patty (not Peppermint Patty) in the original. For this she won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. In 2003, she returned to Broadway originating the role of G(a)linda the Good Witch in the Broadway musical Wicked, for which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. In 2006, Chenoweth played multiple characters in the revival of Bock and Harnick's The Apple Tree, reprising the roles she played in a City Center ENCORES! production of the same show. In 2010, she appeared alongside Sean Hayes in the Broadway revival of the Bacharach-David musical Promises, Promises. In 2015, she appeared in the Roundabout revival of On the Twentieth Century as Lily Garland, a role originated by her idol, Madeline Kahn. She was nominated for another Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for this role.
In television, in 1999, she portrayed the role of Lily St. James in The Wonderful World of Disney's TV movie version of Annie. In 2001, Chenoweth starred as Kristin Yancy in the short-lived NBC sitcom Kristin. In 2003, she played the role of Marian the Librarian in The Wonderful World of Disney's TV movie version of Meredith Willson's The Music Man. During its last two seasons, Chenoweth played media consultant Annabeth Schott on NBC's The West Wing. In 2007, she played the role of Olive Snook in the much praised but brief running ABC series Pushing Daisies. Chenoweth was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series twice for this show, and she won the second time, after the second and final season aired. In 2009, she was cast as failed high school showchoir singer April Rhodes in the FOX TV series Glee, a role she repeated in four more episodes. She was nominated twice for an Emmy award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2012, she was cast as journalist Peggy Byrne on the CBS drama The Good Wife. During the filming of this, she had an accident with a falling spotlight. As a result, she only appeared in two episodes of what was originally going to be a recurring role. In 2015, she co-hosted the 69th Annual Tony Awards alongside Alan Cumming. Later that same year, she portrayed the role of Maleficent in the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants.
In animation, Chenoweth lent her voice to the role of Kilowatt in Space Chimps, Miracle Grohe the ironically Christian science teacher in Sit Down, Shut Up, Gabi the not-so-poisonous and operatic tree frog in Rio 2, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Strange Magic. She was also the original voice of Rosetta the garden fairy in the Disney Fairies movies, until she was replaced by Megan Hilty, who also replaced her in Wicked. She also provided some dog sounds for the role of Snoopy's love interest, Fifi, in the 2015 animated film, The Peanuts Movie.
Chenoweth has five solo albums: Let Yourself Go, which contains several Broadway and big band standards; As I Am, her inspirational Christian album; A Lovely Way to Spend a Christmas, which is her holiday album; Some Lessons Learned, a country album; and Coming Home, a live album recorded in a theater named in her honor in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
In regards to Pony, Chenoweth jokes she was cast "because they wanted to get someone life-sized," in reference to her height. (Chenoweth is 4'11".)
- ↑ Lindsay Christians (2015-10-03). Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth talks 'Wicked,' 'My Little Pony' and rude audiences. The Capital TImes. Retrieved on 2015 October 3.