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.