Live from Lincoln Center — Kristin Chenoweth

The other day I was studying with a group of friends… you know, “studying” and we were talking about various stars and films. Somehow, Kristin Chenoweth become a hot button issue.

“I… don’t… like her,” one of my friends growled.

I felt a sadness wash over my body, “B-b-but, why?”

“She annoyed me so much at the Oscars. I cannot stand her.”

Now, as we all know, every person has their downfalls. Kristin Chenoweth may have been a tinge over-the-top and exuberant on the Red Carpet. At least she didn’t shave her head! Or jump on a couch! Or throw a phone at hotel employees! Or hang a baby over the side of a balcony! She was just excited.

“No, no. You need to watch Pushing Daisies or listen to the Wicked soundtrack. She’s outstanding and talented.”

“I’ve never seen anything she’s in,” said the Cheno-hater.

My other friend jumped in the conversation, “Kristin Chenoweth is comedic gold.”

Obviously, I’m not the best person to have an unbiased view of Cheno since a.) I call her Cheno and b.) I play her Christmas album in my car every year — sometimes not at Christmas. The conversation was also a day after I viewed Live from Lincoln Center, so I was highly strung. I was close to saying that if my friend didn’t give Kristin Chenoweth a chance, that our friendship was dissolved.. but then I remembered I wasn’t in elementary school and that I actually adore the Cheno-hater.

So, I live with the hope that someday she will stumble on Kristin Chenoweth’s performance at Lincoln Center because she was “comedic gold” and talented beyond words. Every high and low note, every anecdote, and every joke was on par. The highlight of the night was her performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “100 Easy Ways (To Lose a Man).” I relate closely to the lyrics of this song — not in an ironic way, but in a literal sense. I’m certain people despise me because I feel the need to correct them at any given moment or one-up them. In the words of Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, in Parks and Recreation, “Guys love it when you can show them you’re better than they are at something they love.”

The songs were all over the place — she chose rarities and a few well-known songs for the Broadway crowd. The part that made me wonder if I wanted to exist in this world is when she mentioned Kander and Ebb and the audience was silent. You’re at a show about Dames of Broadway and you have no idea who they are?! Just leave. Leave now. Or applaud, then whip out your iPhone and Wiki it! Cabaret, anyone? Anyone?

If you missed Live from Lincoln Center with Kristin Chenoweth, it is conveniently available on the PBS website. And for Pete’s sake, please search Kander and Ebb before you watch it! You’ll be hearing from me again soon about “Just Seen It” airing this Sunday. Until then, ladies and geraniums…


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