18 June 2013

Kristin Chenoweth cast a spell over the Sydney Opera House

Best known on-stage for creating the role of Glinda, the good witch, in the original Broadway and West End productions of Wicked, Kristin Chenoweth is touring  capital cities after appearing as the headline act for the opening weekend of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Her final show of this tour was the Sydney Opera House, but it’s the one she will surely remember very fondly of her time in this country. A sold out Concert Hall awaited her on Monday night and she was welcomed with a prolonged and very enthusiastic collection of applause, cheers and floor stomping. Her assembled munchkins were all hers – and she sure cast a spell over us.
She wasted no time in showcasing the kind of voice she has been blessed with in opening songs by Kander & Ebb Maybe this time from Cabaret and the gorgeous My Colouring Book. But Kristin Chenoweth is not just a singer, she’s one of those entertainers with a massive E, funny, engaging and a great story teller, not afraid to send herself up performing a hilarious routine with puppets from Avenue Q, which opened in the same season as Wicked and beat it to the Tony Award. 
Kristin guest starred on musical TV show Glee as April Rhodes and sang One last bell to answer and A house is not a home from that show which won her the first of what were to be many standing ovations. Supported by wonderful music from a small 12 piece orchestra and three singer/dancers under the musical direction of Mary-Mitchell Campbell this was as good as cabaret gets.