Kristin Chenowith Biography
It was also from this university where Kristin Chenowith graduated with a degree in music theatre and later on earned her masters degree in opera performance. While earning her masters, she was taught by the esteemed Florence Birdwell. She also became Miss Oklahoma City University and later on became the first runner up of the Miss Oklahoma beauty pageant.
Kristin Chenowith auditioned and won in the Metropolitan Opera National Council. She was then awarded a full scholarship at the Philadelphias Academy of Vocal Arts. However, she turned down the scholarship for an off-Broadway part.
As for her fist Broadway appearance, it was in the production of Scapin by Moliere, opposite Bill Irwn. Then in 1997, Kristin Chenowith was seen in the musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb, Steel Pier. For her performance in Steel Pier, she was awarded a Theatre World Award. By this time, she was already one of the fastest rising stars in Broadway.
Kristin Chenowith was seen next in the City Center Encore! In the production of Strike Up the Band, by George and Ira Gershwin. This was followed by A New Brain by William Finn, which was shown at the Lincoln Center Theater.
In 1998, she was seen in Youre A Good Man, Charlie Brown in Broadway, playing the role of Sally. The production won several awards including the Tony Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards and the Drama Desk Award. She was seen next in the production of Epic Proportions in Broadway.
Kristin Chenowith appeared on television in the musical adaptation of Annie, playing the role of Lily St. Regis. Then she returned to City Center Encore! and appeared on On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, playing the lead part of Daisy Gamble.
In 2003, Kristin Chenowith returned to Broadway in the hit musical Wicked, playing the role of Good Witch Glinda. For her performance, she was nominated for Best Leading Actress in a Musical by the Tony Awards. In 2007 she was in the Broadway production of The Apple Tree, which earned her praises from the critics.
Aside from being a Broadway star, Kristin Chenowith also appeared in television, such as in The West Wing, and in Hollywood films, such as in Bewitched, Pink Panther, Stranger than Fiction, Deck the Halls, RV and Running with Scissors.