As previously reported, Broken Arrow native Chenoweth, 44, paid homage to “The Dames of Broadway — All of ‘Em!!!” during a special “Live from Lincoln Center” concert televised on PBS. Part of the center’s “American Songbook” series, the show aired Sunday night on OETA.
“I will continue to put all kinds of music out there because I love all kinds of music … but the truth is I am linked to Broadway forever. And I’m very proud of that,” said Chenoweth in a teleconference prior to co-hosting December’s American Country Awards for the second straight year.
As you can see in the video below, Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Richard Jay-Alexander joined the Oklahoma City University alumna in performing the greatest hits from musicals like “42nd Street,” “The Most Happy Fella,” “Carousel,” “Show Boat,” “Wonderful Town,” “The Music Man,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Funny Girl” and “Hello, Dolly!” (The video embedded here features the first 20 minutes of the almost hour-long show; at the end, you will get a handy prompt to link to the PBS site to watch the rest.)
The Oklahoma Music Hall of Famer proudly mentions her Sooner State heritage in the show’s opening moments and later tells a funny story about taking criticism from OCU voice professor Florence Birdwell.
In 1997, Chenoweth made her Broadway debut in Kander and Ebb’s original musical “Steel Pier,” winning a Theatre World Award. She earned a Tony for her turn in the 1999 revival of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” as little sister Sally Brown, a role that wasn’t part of the original production. She also received a 2004 Tony nomination for originating the part of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked.”
Chenoweth said she enjoyed starring in Broadway revivals of “The Apple Tree” and “Promises, Promises,” too.
“I am kind of an odd duck. “I view every role I do as original. If I thought for a second about Barbara Harris playing ‘The Apple Tree’ or anything I’ve done as a revival, I might be too intimidated. So I view them all as, ‘OK, you’re putting your stamp on this,’” she said. “Of course, I love doing original work because there are no rules … and I enjoy that aspect of creating. But I look at them both the same. If it’s a revival or if it’s new, I think in my mind, ‘Don’t think that it’s ever been done before. Do it your way.’”