Actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth will be this year’s special guest artist for Pops on the Heights on Sept. 30.
Founded by the late Barbara and Jim Clearly in 1993 as a scholarship gala, Pops on the Heights united their passion for supporting Boston College and their roles as lifetime trustees of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Pops on the Heights has since become the university’s largest annual fundraiser, raising almost $22 million for over 800 scholarships.
Last year’s guest artists were Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill, background vocalists and recording artists who were featured in the Oscar-winning film 20 Feet from Stardom. Hill is likely the most recognizable from this trio from her time as a contestant on The Voice in 2013.
Following a similar theme of vocally-talented, renowned performers, Chenoweth is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress for her performances as Sally Brown in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown on Broadway and as waitress Olive Snook in the ABC show Pushing Daisies, respectively. She is also known for her roles as Deputy Press Secretary Annabeth Schott on The West Wing and as the charismatic ex-McKinley High star April Rhodes on Glee.
Most notably, with her four octave vocal range, Kristin solidified her place in public knowledge with her role as Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked. In fact, she recently reprised the role and reunited with Frozen star and original Elphaba, Idina Menzel, for a stunning performance of “For Good.”
Chenoweth returned to Broadway in 2015 to play film star Lily Garland in On the Twentieth Century, a comedic musical set in the 1920’s. In the same year, she costarred in The Boy Next Door with Jennifer Lopez, voiced Fifi (Snoopy’s French poodle) in The Peanuts Movie, and played Maleficent in Disney Channel’s movie Descendants.
Her work isn’t limited to musical theatre, opera, television, and film. Chenoweth is also the author of a comedic memoir, A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages, that chronicles her journey from Oklahoma to show business.
This will not be Kristin’s first performance with the Boston Pops either–she has done holiday medleys and musical tributes with the Orchestra multiple times in the past. To see her next performance in person, tickets for 2016 Pops on the Heights are available for purchase starting from $75.