Kristin Chenoweth kicks off MIAC Live series

Thursday, August 29, 2019

kristin chenowethEDITOR’S NOTE: While this performance is sold out, additional tickets may be released on the evening of the performance, Thursday, Sept. 19. Seats will be sold to patrons waiting in the cancellation line on a first-come, first-served basis. The box office will open at 6:30 p.m., but patrons may start lining up earlier in the day.

The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture kicks off its 2019-20 MIAC Live series with one of Broadway and Hollywood’s most dynamic stars, Kristin Chenoweth, taking the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center stage on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

The Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress and singer, whose career spans film, television, voiceover, and stage will perform iconic songs from Wicked, Glee, and On the Twentieth Century, as well as popular standards before a sold-out crowd.

Her next album, For the Girls, is set for release on Sept. 27. The album is a heartfelt tribute to the great female singers throughout history, particularly some of Kristin’s heroes and friends. Guest artists include Ariana Grande, Dolly Parton, Jennifer Hudson, and Reba McEntire. The album includes Chenoweth’s personally charged interpretations of classic songs identified with such iconic artists as Barbra Streisand, Lesley Gore, Linda Ronstadt, Dinah Washington, Dolly Parton, and more.

She also released The Art of Elegance, her album of American songbook classics, via Concord Records. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts, and #1 on Amazon’s Vocal Pop chart.

An owner of a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chenoweth received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Pushing Daisies in 2009. In 1999, she won a Tony Award for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and she was nominated for originating the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked in 2004 and for playing Lily Garland/Mildred Plotka in Roundabout Theatre Company’s On the Twentieth Century in 2015. In addition, Chenoweth has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People’s Choice Award for her role on Glee

In addition to her Tony win and nominations, Chenoweth also earned a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Audience Choice Award for her lead role in the Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century.

A dynamo of stage, song, and the screen, Chenoweth introduced her writing prowess in 2009. Her upliftingly candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, A Little Bit Wicked, debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller List upon release.

While her résumé boasts such new endeavors, Chenoweth’s live performances have continued to enthrall fans. She has performed to sold-out audiences around the world, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. 

Chenoweth returned to the stage in My Love Letter to Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, receiving rave reviews. In 2014, she released a CD and DVD of her own live concert performance, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home. Last December, Chenoweth performed with the iconic Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra in their annual Christmas concert. The concert will air on PBS and BYUtv in December.

Her upcoming work will also include a starring role alongside Scott Wolf in the holiday film The Christmas Song, which is slated to debut on Hallmark Channel in November, and the film Holidate, which will premiere on Netflix in 2020. 

On the silver screen, Chenoweth recently starred in the second season of NBC’s hit comedy series Trial & Error as Heiress Lavinia Peck-Foster, and was seen in the Starz original series American Gods. Notable television roles include appearances in The West Wing, Disney’s Descendants, and The Muppets. She also starred in NBC’s Hairspray Live! as Velma Von Tussle.

In film, Chenoweth voiced the role of Gabi in the hit animated film Rio 2 and Fifi, Snoopy’s beloved French poodle, in The Peanuts Movie. She also starred in the indie teen drama Hard Sell. Additional film credits include The Boy Next Door, Deck the Halls, Twelve Men of Christmas, Four Christmases, RV, Bewitched, The Pink Panther, Hit & Run, and Family Weekend.

Tickets for Kristin Chenoweth in Concert are $41 for adults, $36 for seniors, and $31 for students and youth 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 814-824-3000.

This performance is sponsored by Building Systems, Incorporated; Dr. & Mrs. Charles Furr; Erie News Now; and HAPPI 92.7. The 2019-20 MIAC Live series is made possible through the generosity of Scott Enterprises, Dr. & Mrs. Robert Guelcher, Aetna, and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.