IT’S GOOD TO SEE HER, ISN’T IT?! The curtain just went down on the first historical THRILLIFYING re-opening night of Broadway’s long running blockbuster
WICKED. Prior before the curtain went up, visitors to OZ immediately erupted into a thunderous standing ovation and received a very special surprise…..
Before the show began, fans got a surprise appearance from the show’s original “Glinda” herself Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth. The POPULAR 4’11 Broadway darling walked onto the stage of the Gershwin Theatre for an emotional speech celebrating the return of the Great Bright Way. In the speech, she also included a notable line coming back that is very appropriate especially when its a show about OZ…… THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!!!
How WONDERFUL was that?!!
THROWBACK THURSDAY: Over the years, Broadway stars have had their unforgettable legacy of signature songs. Not just the ones you hear on the Great Bright Way but also outside of it. One of those songs (and one of our personal favorites) was a romantic contemporary comedic song about the romantic feelings for the hottest barista around…… TAYLOR THE LATTE BOY.
Written by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler for a musical called ADVENTURES IN LOVE, the song tells the story of a young girl smitten for guy who works behind a counter at a Starbucks.
TAYLOR THE LATTE BOY got worldwide acclaimed attention back in 2000 when Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth performed it live on The Rosie O’Donnell Show. It was well received, it would be added to Chenoweth’s repertoire ever since. Chenoweth has continued to perform this song LIVE in many of her ongoing solo concerts. Throughout her career, Chenoweth sang the song on many grand stages including Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Greek Theatre, and so much more. The song also appears as a bonus track on her 2005 spiritual Sophomore solo album AS I AM.
Composers Marcy & Zina would eventually record their version of the song in 2009 on their duo album THE ALBUM featuring many of their greatest hits.
TAYLOR THE LATTE BOY today is very popular in both the audition rooms and cabarets / concerts everywhere for every aspiring young actress.
There is even a REBUTTAL version of the song from the perspective of “Taylor” himself in an Awkward situation describing the point of view “Narrator”.
Isn’t this such a fun, romantic, comedic showstopper?
Who can relate to the feelings of falling in love with someone behind a counter?
Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth to release 2nd holiday album HAPPINESS IS CHRISTMAS; Out October 22nd, 2021!
THRILLIFYING NEWS: Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth is set to ring in THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR once again. The POPULAR 4’11 versatile stage and screen star is set release her 2nd holiday solo album (and her 8th solo album in total) HAPPINESS IS CHRISTMAS from Concord Records. It’s currently available for Pre-Orders and will be released on October 22nd, 2021.
HAPPINESS IS CHRISTMAS is considered as a follow-up album to Chenoweth’s 2008 album A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND CHRISTMAS. It will feature new renditions of some of your favorite and even some underrated Holiday songs performed by this beloved performer.
One of the notable tracks that has been released as a single today is a unique mashup. It reworks the song HAPPINESS from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (which Chenoweth won a Tony for her performance as “Sally” in the 1999 Broadway revival) and the song CHRISTMAS TIME from the film A Charlie Brown Christmas. You can listen to that track right below.
Chenoweth’s HAPPINESS IS CHRISTMAS promises to get audiences back into the mood of properly celebrating the holiday season together this year.
Who is excited?!!
Tony Award nominee Mario Cantone,
Tony and Olivier Award winning favorite Gavin Creel,
Tony and Grammy Award winner Cynthia Erivo,
Grammy nominee and Stage and screen favorite Alex Newell,
Tony Award nominee Ariana DeBose,
Olivier Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Amber Riley,
EGOT winning legend Rita Moreno,
Grammy Award nominee and Broadway favorite Issac Powell,
Grammy Award winner and Broadway vet Jennifer Nettles,
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Gabrielle Ruiz,
Stage and screen favorite Stephanie Hsu,
Tony Award winner Ali Stroker.
This cast will take center stage to perform promising breathtaking new arrangements of some of your favorite songs from Stephen Schwartz’s legendary Tony nominated and Grammy winning score. You can expect to hear all the favorites from THE WIZARD AND I, POPULAR, I’M NOT THAT GIRL, FOR GOOD, AS LONG AS YOU’RE MINE, NO GOOD DEED, and of course the show’s anthem DEFYING GRAVITY. Performances will be coming to you from New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.
That’s not all….. this new TV concert will reunite and be hosted by …..WICKED’s original WITCHES OF OZ who started it all themselves…..
Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth (OG “Glinda”),
the show’s Tony Award winning star Idina Menzel (OG “Elphaba’).
Ironically, Chenoweth and Menzel had previously hosted WICKED’s TV concert special A VERY WICKED HALLOWEEN on NBC back in 2018 celebrating the show’s 15th Anniversary. Now they’re back for a 2nd WICKED concert special….. FOR GOOD.
OH WHAT A CELEBRATION it will be from now especially with WICKED making its way back to being performed around the world. Earlier this week, the show’s ongoing National Tour relaunched its run in Dallas, TX.
The Broadway production is set to reopen at the Gershwin Theatre beginning September 14th, 2021…. just in time before its 18th Anniversary. The day afterwards on the 15th, the show’s London company will reopen on the West End at the Apollo Victoria Theatre,.
WICKED IN CONCERT: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF THE ICONIC BROADWAY SCORE will officially air on August 29th, 2021 at 9pm EST. Check your local PBS station!!!
Who is excited?!!!
Outside of doing 8 shows a week, many of your favorite Broadway stars careers have skyrocketed to becoming versatile performers in the worlds of Theater, Film, TV, Recording, and Concert work. One of those notable talents is Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth. Little throwback to a special 30 minute special back in 2002 on PBS of 4’11 powerhouse’s journey from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to Broadway.