MUSIC Kristin Chenoweth comes to Cerritos for intimate concert

Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth’s intimate concert tour will not only present her playful personality and powerful pipes, but also a series of mystery guests to perform with her at each stop – but she keeps her lips zipped of who will join her on stage until show time.The Tony and Emmy Award-winning bubbly blonde is known for inviting her musical theater friends to the stage, including opera singer Renée Fleming and sactor Alan Cumming, to perform fun mash-ups and classic duets. The tour will stop at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 15.
I just want to keep focusing on being the best I can be instead of being famous.”Whether they are “gleeks” (“Glee” buffs) or “Ozians” (“Wicked” fanatics), Chenoweth takes her fan interaction seriously, including bringing up various audience members to sing with her on stage. She is also active on her social media platforms, which she said allows her followers to see the fun and personal side of her life. With all of her success, however, Chenoweth said that she has learned an important lesson about fame:“It’s fleeting and not real,” she said. “What I have learned is that it can easily deceive you.
Chenoweth said she will perform a variety of her favorite Great American Songbook and Broadway tunes she is known for, as well as songs from her latest jazz album “The Art of Elegance.” Her repertoire will include the show tune “Popular” from her Tony Award-nominated role as Glinda in “Wicked” and her personal favorite medley of Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Losing My Mind.”The Oklahoma-born musical theater sensation, who has starred in popular television shows such as Fox’s “Glee” and ABC’s “Pushing Daisies,” received a bachelor’s in musical theater and a masters in opera performance from Oklahoma City University. Chenoweth said one of her OCU professors gave her the greatest advice that she’s carried with her throughout her career:
If you can’t, then you know this business is for you,” said Chenoweth in an email interview.After graduating in 1992, she followed her love for musical theater and moved to New York City after landing a role in the musical production “Animal Crackers” at the Paper Mill Playhouse. She made her Broadway debut in the “Steep Pier” in 1997, before being cast in her 1998 breakout role as Sally in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which earned her a Tony Award for best supporting actress. “(They told me) if you can see yourself doing anything else and being happy, go do that.