Good luck not falling in love with Kristin Chenoweth in her new one-woman concert, now playing through Nov. 13 at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
The Tony-winning pint-sized powerhouse — known for her roles on stage in "Wicked" and "On the Twentieth Century," and on screen in "Glee" and "Pushing Daisies" — will warm your heart in her pitch-perfect show. It's a perfect venue to show off her charismatic personality, quick-witted sense of humor, and killer pipes.
In fact, the 48-year-old soprano has never sounded better as she works her way through a nearly two hour-set — accompanied by a six-piece band led by music director Mary-Mitchell Campbell on the piano.
Her radiant voice shines on songs from an eclectic catalog of choices. Broadway classics like "Bring Him Home" and "I Could Have Danced All Night" come to life with her signature operatic high-notes, while she stunningly reinvents pop songs like Don Henley's "The Heart of the Matter" and country tunes like Dolly Parton's "Little Sparrow" — the latter surrounded in an intimate performance by her band.
"Wicked" staple "Popular" is brought out, too — as an instructional guide for President-Elect Donald Trump (who didn't win the popular vote, in this case). "Thank Goodness," from the same show, is a tender, heartfelt closer.
A mashup of Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind" and Stephen Sondheim's "Losing My Mind" is a show highlight. "A House Is Not a Home" and "Smile" will both bring tears to your eyes.
She looks stunning throughout, wearing head-to-toe custom designs from "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano. One look — a sexy pink sequined hot-pants romper — even inspired one fan in the audience to tell her, "You are so hot, Kristin." Her delightful response? "You're not gay, are you?"
There are surprises along the way — including a special guest each night brought up on stage to chat with Chenoweth and sing a duet. Renee Fleming, Alan Cumming, Lea Delaria, Sierra Boggess, Norm Lewis, and Jason Robert Brown are just some of the names who have popped up so far.
A rotating selection of local youth choirs also guest in the show each night, backing Chenoweth for two numbers — Sandi Patty's "Upon This Rock" and Lady Antebellum's "I Was Here." They're dedicated to LGBT rights and Chenoweth and Campbell's charity initiatives, respectively.
Direction comes from Richard Jay-Alexander — a concert veteran whose recent credit includes Barbra Streisand's latest tour and a previous world tour for Chenoweth. Here he brings out the best in the Emmy winner — keep the staging simple, the interludes poignant, and the song selection tight.
Chenoweth returns to TV on Dec. 7 in NBC's "Hairspray: Live" — but try to catch her on Broadway first. It's an evening you won't regret.
“Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway," through Nov. 13 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W 46th St. Tickets: kristinonbroadway.com or call 877-250-2929.