Chenoweth hits the road for 19-city con­cert tour

The Washington Times Daily - - Life -

Kristin Chenoweth is tak­ing the long way home.

The Tony Award-win­ning singer and ac­tress an­nounced Wed­nes­day that she’ll kick off her first-ever con­cert tour on May 9 in Seat­tle and it will end June 24 in Bro­ken Ar­row, Okla., the town where she grew up.

“I’ve sung all over the place but I’ve never com­mit­ted to a tour be­cause of my sched­ule,” said the pe­tite beauty with the pow­er­ful pipes. “So now I’m fi­nally do­ing it.”

Miss Chenoweth’s 19-city North Amer­ica tour will in­clude stops in the Dis­trict and Bal­ti­more. In her home­town, the main 1,500-seat stage at the Bro­ken Ar­row Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter will be re­named in her honor, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

“For me, it will be very emo­tional,” she said.

Mark Frie, the arts cen­ter’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said Bro­ken Ar­row has been look­ing for a way to honor Miss Chenoweth since the fa­cil­ity opened its doors three years ago. “We’re ex­cited to wel­come her home,” he said.

On tour, Miss Chenoweth said she’ll per­form songs from her lat­est coun­try-in­spired al­bum “Some Lessons Learned,” as well as tunes from the TV show “Glee” and ones from her Broad­way shows, such as “Pop­u­lar” from “Wicked.”

“If I don’t do ‘Pop­u­lar,’ I will go out on a stretcher. I know that,” she said, laugh­ing. “I’ve ac­cepted it, and you know what? I’m thank­ful for it. I’m glad that I have songs that I’m known for.”

Miss Chenoweth, 43, won a Tony Award in 1999 for her per­for­mance in “You’re A Good Man, Char­lie Brown” and an Emmy Award for the TV show “Push­ing Daisies.” She was nom­i­nated in 2004 for orig­i­nat­ing the role of Glinda in “Wicked” and was last on Broad­way in 2010 in “Prom­ises, Prom­ises.”

Tick­ets go on sale March 9.

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