World Exclusive Photo Coverage: Kristin Chenoweth Shines at the Hollywood Bowl
A meteor hit the stage at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend for two consecutive performances. Accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the evening's program also boasted conductor Kevin Stites and a cast featuring Jennifer Diamond, Constantine Germanacos and Johnny Stellard.
It is hard to describe in words, what the audience witnessed, but one would have to begin with the star's entrance in a Mark Zunino gown that literally took the audience's breath away. Kristin Chenoweth is an indescribable combination of Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, Betty Hutton, Carol Burnett, Madeline Kahn and one could just go on and on. But, 'the voice' is unlike any other and envelops all those named talents in a 4'11" frame that seems impossible to embody all the talent on display. The show received numerous standing ovations and the musical selections, each and every one, were well thought out, chosen and beautifully executed.
Unless you've been living under a rock, one of the 'highlights' of the show was during the WICKED section of the program, when 'her boys' Constantine and Johnny head out into the audience with microphones for Kristin to talk to and interview prospective singing partners, to join her in 'For Good' which is famous having been sung originally on Broadway by Chenoweth and Idina Menzel.
At Friday night's show, she chose Sarah Horn, who is now known all over the world, and you can see why here. BroadwayWorld.com, over the weekend assembled a first-hand interview and the backstory of how it all happened, along with Saturday night's choice, Kellie McKay, proving that these were not 'plants'.
Act One was beautifully dedicated to Hollywood Film music and songs from films. Act Two was described as 'Pure Chenoweth' or as we like to describe it 'Pure Joy'. This was not a concert, this was not a show, this was an EVENT. It was one of those legendary concerts that people will be talking about for years to come. BroadwayWorld.com was thrilled to have been given access, with gratitude to Team Chenoweth and the amazing staff at the Hollywood Bowl, as we bring you beautiful pictures capturing the magical weekend, taken by Lily Lim.
The evening's entertainment was devised by the star, director Richard Jay-Alexander and Mary-Mitchell Campbell, the star's longtime collaborator. Chenoweth teamed up with Jay-Alexander just a little over a year ago. Matt Berman and Rocky Noel are her technical team and special kudos must be given to Souza for the fireworks display, choreographed and executed by Eric S. Elias. The fireworks rang out during a dazzling pyrotechnic finale of 'God Bless America'. The glorious Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra was also enhanced by Damien Bassman on drums, Eric Davis on guitar, Brian Hamm on bass, and Ben Toth on piano. Here is the evening's musical program.
STAR SPANGLED BANNER
QUE SERA, SERA - from THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
MOON RIVER - from BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
OVER THE RAINBOW - from THE WIZARD OF OZ
THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY - from A STAR IS BORN
9 TO 5 -with Co. and dance break - from 9 TO 5
FEED THE BIRDS - from MARY POPPINS
WHEN SHE LOVED ME - from TOY STORY 2
MOONSHINE LULLABY - from ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
WISHING YOU WERE SOMEHOW HERE AGAIN - from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT - from MY FAIR LADY
KC Entr'acte - with FILM
I'M TIRED -from Mel Brooks' BLAZING SADDLES
MY LORD AND MASTER - from THE KING & I
BOOBS & BUTT - from A CHORUS LINE
AVENUE Q Sketch
POPULAR - from WICKED
FOR GOOD - from WICKED
WHAT WOULD DOLLY DO? - Original Composition
HARD TIMES - Traditional
GOD BLESS AMERICA / FIREWORKS! - Traditional
SMILE - by Charlie Chaplin from MODERN TIMES
Photos: Lily Lim for BroadwayWorld.com / BroadwayWorld LA
Kristin hops up on the piano for 'Over the Rainbow'
Cast Member Johnny Stellard
Maestro Kevin Stites and the LA Philharmonic
Act Two Opener - 'I'm Tired' from BLAZING SADDLES
Uh-oh, it's the Bad Idea Bares from AVENUE Q
Kristin Sings 'For Good' with lucky audience member Kellie McKay - read about her experience here.
Performing one of Kristin's own songs - 'What Would Dolly Do?'
Kevin Stites takes a well deserved bow...
Kristin performed the Oklahoma version of the famed A CHORUS LINE tune, after noting the
2 words that they didn't say in Oklahoma - replaced instead by 'Boobs and Butt'