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Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth considers herself 'a creature of the live audience'

For the second year, the award-winning actress/singer, who hails from Broken Arrow, is co-hosting the American Country Awards with country star Trace Adkins.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: December 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm •  Published: December 7, 2012

She suffered an emotional blow back in spring when her freshman ABC series “GCB” was canceled. Based on the book “Good Christian Bitches,” the soapy prime-time drama stirred controversy.

“Those characters that we all played on ‘GCB' were so fun. It disheartened me to think that there was a few that thought it was making fun of God, which I would never do. I thought it was just having fun with a world that I knew very well,” she said.

“When you lose a lot of your major advertisers I understand why ABC did what they did, but it still makes me sad.”

Challenging roles

Of all her different projects, the petite Tony winner said she most enjoys performing live, which is part of the reason she relishes co-hosting the ACAs with the towering Adkins.

“Well, the most challenging part for our producers, I'm sure, is to get us in the same frame,” she quipped.

“What we want to do is we just don't want to screw up live. That's going to be the biggest challenge, but also one that I love because it's live theater. I look at it as live theater. ... I just am a creature of live audience.”

Clearly, she also thrives on a busy schedule.

“This challenge that we were talking about earlier about me trying not to overdo because I'm still in the process of healing and I want to have a life and enjoy myself? But I really do love all the different things that I get the opportunity to do. Right off the bat I have some concerts coming up; I have one New Year's Eve in Park City, Utah. I have a Lincoln Center ‘American Songbook Series' that will be filmed for PBS on Feb. 15. And then I do like a mini European tour in March. I was supposed to do that in September; we had to put it off while I healed. ... After that it'll be (the Broadway revival of) ‘On the Twentieth Century,' we're trying to work out the dates because I want to do that as well as ‘Soapdish' on Broadway,” she said.

“I really want to do another country album, actually, and do more writing on my own. Just being in Oklahoma for a week and a half for Thanksgiving, it just connects me to my upbringing, to my family, to my faith and who I am at the heart of it all. I think Oklahoma has a lot to do with it and country music is a huge part of it.”

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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Just being in Oklahoma for a week and a half for Thanksgiving, it just connects me to my upbringing, to my family, to my faith and who I am at the heart of it all.”

Kristin Chenoweth,


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