BWW Review: Kristin Chenoweth Returns to the Stage in Boone After a Six-Week Hiatus and Lights Up the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Kristin Chenoweth kicked off the next leg of her tour in Boone after a six-week hiatus last weekend. She lit up The Schaeffer Center as part of the Appalachian Summer Festival. The concert was a homecoming of sorts for Chenoweth's ever-talented musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell who is from Wilson and graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Chenoweth opened her concert with a selection of songs from The American Songbook, showcasing her soaring soprano voice and effervescent personality. She even channelled her character from the NBC series "Trial and Error," singing "Bird in a Gilded Cage" first as Lavinia and then as herself, in true Chenoweth style. She recorded this part of the concert on her assistant's cell phone, which she posted on YouTube.
For the next set, Chenoweth transitioned to singing Broadway show tunes including a most poignant and moving rendition of "Bring Him Home" from LES MISERABLES, as well fan favorite, "Popular" from WICKED.
To end the show, she sang an eclectic mix of Don Henley, Dolly Parton, and Christian music singer Sandi Patty's "Upon This Rock," for which she was joined by a group of local students. The students also joined her in singing Campbell's inspirational ballad, "Reasons for Hope."
Throughout the evening, Chenoweth joked and shared stories about her parents, her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and her time in Boone, making the evening not only extremely entertaining, but seemingly intimate, honest, and sentimental. Chenoweth is scheduled to return to North Carolina October 7th, performing at The U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville. For more information on "An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth" in Asheville visit:
Photo by Gian Di Stefano.