Good Monday, e’rrybody! How was your weekend? Mine was filled with a lot of lounging, laughing, and Ms. Kristin Chenoweth herself.
She is so utterly fantastic I can’t stand it. Her show was AMAZING. She’s a firecracker, is so hilarious, and I don’t really even need to get started on her voice. Oh, that voice… how does such incredible sound come out of such a little body? (She’s 4’11”!) My dad got the tickets for my mom, my sister, and me as a birthday present back in April (thanks Daddy!!), and it was so, so enjoyable.
Her show was a variety of songs, home-bred Oklahoma stories, and a few sketch comedy acts thrown in. There was an especially hilarious little skit utilizing Lucy T. Slut and the Bad Idea Bears from Avenue Q. As for the songs themselves, she sang a selection of Broadway tunes, popular songs, and a few songs from her various albums. The song list included “Popular” and “For Good” from Wicked (duh), “Bring Him Home” from Les Mis (freaking amazing), “One Less Bell To Answer/A House is Not a Home” (you might recognize it from Glee), “Enough is Enough (is Enough)”, “I Will Always Love You” (the Doll Parton version, natch, which was her encore song), and “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret, which she also sang on Glee. After performing that last one, she went on to say the following:
“I sang that song on a show called Glee. It’s a good show… it’s a better song. (Laughs) That just slipped out.”
And in doing so, she made me fall in love with her even more. Nothing like a star who can poke a little bit of fun. She also had quite a few things to say about the recent cancellation of her show “GCB”, which were kind of hilarious.
The only teeny, tiny, most insignificantly unfortunate note of the whole evening was that apparently it is a known fact (that was unbeknownst by me) that Kristin calls up an audience member to sing “For Good” from Wicked with her. I know. I KNOW. Well, had I known this ahead of time, I too would have jumped out of my chair as soon as possible so as to get the opportunity to sing with Kristin Chenoweth. As it was, however, a girl in the 4th row who DID know this ahead of time beat me far and wide to the punch. By the time Kristin had sang the last note of “Popular” (the song that preceded “For Good”), the girl was already out of her chair, jumping up and down like a maniac. So of course, Kristin picked her right away.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I recognize that it was very sweet, having this 16-year-old girl totally freak out: she was asking her friend to make sure he was taping it, she got a picture on stage with Kristin on her iPhone, and she hugged her like a zillion times. She was super nervous and endearingly off-key (well, in hindsight I can say it was endearing, haha). Yes, yes, yes, adorable. Sigh. I know it’s not very attractive of me, but I just can’t help feeling slightly bitter. I know there was like a 1/500 chance that I would have been chosen anyway, I know that. I just wish I had gotten the *chance* to volunteer, you know? Because holy Moses, getting to sing a duet with her is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I would most definitely have liked to been able to try for. I even know that song (and the necessary harmonies!) like the back of my hand: I sang Idina’s part of the duet for my 11th grade talent show, hahaha.
Ah well, like I said, it was still an utterly wonderful night. Admittedly, the late-night drive home from Baltimore afterward was less wonderful, but still totally worth it. I didn’t actually end up seeing Snow White & The Huntsman the night before, so the concert ended up being my big thing for the weekend. Sunday mostly involved a lot of this:
Have a great day, friends!