Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues
Kristin Chenoweth, fondly referred to as Cheno by her fans, has been in the business for a long time. With her talent, there are no questions why. Her humor, belting, and operatic singing has made her an iconic talent in the theatre community.
Chenoweth has performed solo concerts at countless venues around the world and has starred in numerous roles both on the Broadway stage and on screen. She has performed on the Broadway stage in Wicked, Billion Dollar Baby, The Apple Tree, and Promises Promises. She has appeared in television shows like The West Wing, GCB, Pushing Daisies and Glee. She has also had roles in movies like Running With Scissors, Deck The Halls, and Hit And Run.
Chenoweth performs in a variety of styles, including comedic, operatic, and dramatic. Although she wows audiences every time she performs, whether it be on the stage or on screen, there are particular performances of hers that are specifically jaw dropping.
10) Glitter and be Gay – Candide, Lincoln Center 2004
This Andrew Lippa number from Candide is one that Chenoweth always says she loves to perform. This song highlights Chenoweth’s impeccable comedic timing, ability to perform camp, and operatic range.
9) A Spoonful of Sugar – Kennedy Center Honors: Julie Andrews
When I think of Kristin Chenoweth I always think of this particular performance. How such sounds can come from such a tiny person, I will never understand. Cheno’s operatic range is astounding, and she really makes this song her own.
8) Hopelessly Devoted To You – Pushing Daisies
Pushing Daisies was not a musical show, but that didn’t keep the writers from letting Chenoweth sing some tunes. Her take on this song is so beautiful and perfect for her character in the show, Olive. Olive truly is hopelessly devoted to Ned the pie maker, played by Lee Pace. Can you blame a girl?
7) Popular - Wicked
Chenoweth made her mark on the Broadway stage with her performance as Galinda in Wicked. In this number she is enthusiastic, upbeat, and belts out those lala’s like no other. Her comedic delivery is perfect.
6) Till There Was You – ABC’s The Music Man
Chenoweth sounds so beautiful and pure in this ballad from The Music Man. She absolutely does the love song justice in this television version of the classic show. The way she hits those high notes… goosebumps.
5) Maybe This Time – Glee
When Chenoweth performed this song on Glee with Lea Michele, she made Chris Colfer cry. Okay, she made most viewers cry. Her and Lea brought the house down with their intense performance of this song from Cabaret.
4) That’s How You Know - Oscar Performance
Chenoweth wowed in her performance this adorable Disney-esque song from Enchanted at the Oscars. She’s too adorable for words.
3) One Less Bell To Answer/ A House is Not a Home - Glee
Chenoweth almost always has a duet with Matthew Morrison when she appears on Glee. Although she performed this song in Promises Promises as a solo, her duet version with Morrison is particularly beautiful and intimate. The scene itself on the show was beautiful, but this live performance really channels the chemistry between Morrison and Chenoweth.
2) I Say a Little Prayer For You – Tony’s 2010
I’m still ecstatic that they put this number into Promises Promises. I opted to choose the Tony performance of this song because in this Sean Hayes plays the piano and the two share an adorable moment.
1) For Good – Oprah Finale (6:58 Mark)
For Good (in my opinion) is the most emotional number of Wicked. Considering the context of the song is Elphaba and Galinda saying goodbye to one another, it’s very fitting that Chenoweth sang a solo version of the song on the last episode of Oprah’s talk show.
Do fellow Cheno fans agree with this list? What other performances would make your Pop 10?