Kristin Chenoweth, the late Wayman Tisdale and The Oklahoman Entertainment Editor Gene Triplett will be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on Nov. 10 at the Muskogee Civic Center in downtown Muskogee.
Since its establishment in 1997, the hall of fame has honored and inducted such Oklahoma performers as Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Jean Shepard, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, Ronnie Dunn, David Gates, The All American Rejects and Leona Mitchell.
Chenoweth, who was born in Broken Arrow, rose to prominence during her vocal and stage training at Oklahoma City University, where she performed in productions of “Oklahoma!” and “Candide,” and distinguished herself in Lyric Theatre's staging of “Promises, Promises” and “Gypsy.” She made her Broadway debut in 1997's “Steel Pier” before going on to win a Tony award for her performance as Sally in “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” In addition to acclaimed stage roles in “Wicked” and “The Apple Tree,” she built a successful career in film and television. She appears in a popular recurring role as April Rhodes in “Glee” and will be a regular cast member in the upcoming ABC melodrama “Good Christian Belles.” Chenoweth releases her country debut album, “Some Lessons Learned,” in September.
Following his landmark years on the basketball court at the University of Oklahoma and subsequent career in the NBA, Tisdale, who was raised in Tulsa, gained renown as a jazz bassist, releasing his Motown debut, “Power Forward,” in 1995. He recorded seven more acclaimed contemporary jazz albums before his death in 2009.
Another posthumous induction will be given to Jesse Ed Davis, one of the most in-demand session guitarists of the 1960s and 1970s. Born in Norman, Davis played on solo albums by John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison and performed with Leon Russell, Jackson Browne and Taj Mahal.
Raised in Oklahoma City, Triplett is a respected expert on live and recorded music, having interviewed such music industry stars as Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger, and such homegrown talent as Wanda Jackson and Hoyt Axton in his nearly four-decade career. A graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, Triplett was one of the first journalists to regularly cover The Flaming Lips, long before the Oklahoma City band achieved international fame, and is known for bringing a depth of knowledge and experience to his critical reviews. He is the first staffer from The Oklahoman to be inducted into the hall of fame.
Other inductees include the late composer, lyricist and performer Ralph Blane; Nokie Edwards and the late Bob Bogle, both of The Ventures; and multiple Grammy nominee and past Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Rising Star Award winner Cheevers Toppah. The induction ceremony will include a concert featuring performances by the inductees.
Reserved seats and VIP packages for the concert and induction ceremony will be on pre-sale to members of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on Sept. 12 through Oct. 3, followed by sales to the public. VIP tickets include an invitation to a VIP reception before the concert and induction ceremony. Sponsorship packages are also available.
For more information, go to www.omhof.com or call (918) 687-0800.