EMMY AND TONY AWARD WINNING ACTRESS
TO BE HONORED BY BOSTON CHILDREN’S THEATRE
— Chenoweth to receive Giving Voice Award at annual Boston Children’s Theatre Gala April 28, 2016 —
Boston, MA (February 9, 2016) — Boston Children’s Theatre (BCT) recently announced that Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth will be the recipient of the theater’s 2016 Giving Voice Award. The award recognizes exceptional achievement by and for children in the arts, and is given annually to an individual whose professional and personal achievement serves as an inspiration to young artists and who has given their heart, talent, and spirit to empowering youth in the arts. BCT is honored to recognize Ms. Chenoweth at the theater’s Giving Voice Gala on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at WGBH studios for her legendary career in the industry and her incomparable dedication to paving the way for the next generation of artists.
“Words cannot even begin to describe the tremendous impact and influence Ms. Chenoweth has had on the arts, and more specifically on our students at Boston Children’s Theatre,” said BCT Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark. “Ms. Chenoweth’s passion for her craft and her dedication to educating, inspiring and motivating young actors, is unsurpassed in this industry. Beloved by so many for her astounding talents and contributions to the world of theater, television and film, Ms. Chenoweth has also devoted herself to enriching the lives of young performers worldwide. Our BCT family is honored to recognize Ms. Chenoweth on April 28 and to celebrate her with a rousing standing ovation!”
With a career that spans film, television, voiceover and stage, Ms. Chenoweth received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the ABC series Pushing Daisies. On Fox’s hit comedy, Glee, Ms. Chenoweth lit up the stage of McKinley High as April Rhodes, and she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a People’s Choice Award in the category of “Favorite TV Guest Star.” Though Ms. Chenoweth has often come into our living rooms on hit shows such as The West Wing, she may be most remembered by Broadway lovers everywhere for her origination of the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a Tony Award Nomination, and her Tony-winning performance in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. The co-host of the 2015 Tony Awards, Ms. Chenoweth also recently received the coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of live performances on stage or in theatre.
Ms. Chenoweth recently made her return back to Broadway, playing the glamorous film star, Lily Garland, in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s On the Twentieth Century. Kristin’s performance earned her a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award. Earlier this year, she co-starred in the Universal film The Boy Next Door, alongside Jennifer Lopez. In July 2015, Chenoweth was seen in the Disney Channel’s live-action original movie Descendants, where she played the classic Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent. Chenoweth recently returned to the big screen where she voiced the role of Fifi, Snoopy’s beloved French poodle in The Peanuts Movie, and she also guest-starred as herself in a recent episode of The Muppets on ABC.
In 2014, Chenoweth starred as a poisonous frog named Gabi in the hit animated film Rio 2. She also reprised her nominated role in the 100th episode of “Glee.” In May 2014, she returned to the famed Carnegie Hall; her first solo-concert at Carnegie Hall was in 2004. She was featured in the Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem, a concert special honoring the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, in Baltimore, Maryland. The event was televised live on PBS as part of the network’s Great Performances series.
It’s no secret that Kristin wears her heart on her sleeve when it comes to her love of theater, which was the catalyst for her charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BA PAC) Foundation in her hometown in Oklahoma. The Kristin Chenoweth Theater at the BA PAC, renamed in 2012 to celebrate its biggest advocate, supporter and celebrated role model to aspiring hometown performers, welcomes internationally acclaimed concert artists and Broadway productions, provides educational outreach and master classes with touring artists, after-school and summer arts institutes, scholarship programs, community enrichment and opportunities for students to travel and perform on a national level.
Ms. Chenoweth will be honored at Boston Children’s Theatre’s Giving Voice Gala, an event that celebrates and supports the BCT programs and productions that enrich students’ lives- giving students a strong voice in the arts. The Gala, which includes performances by current BCT students and alumni, a silent auction, cocktails and dinner, will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm at WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Boston, MA. Tickets are $150 per person and tables start at $2000. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit bostonchildrenstheatre.org/givingvoice.
About Boston Children’s Theatre
For over 60 years, Boston Children’s Theatre has served as one of the regions premier not-for-profit theaters. Named Best of Boston® 2013 and 2012 by Boston Magazine for Best Children’s Theatre, BCT’s mission is to provide access to exceptional theatrical experiences dedicated to fostering the artistic and personal development of diverse youth, with a focus on professional training and the development of new works. Programs at Boston Children’s Theatre provide a unique chance for self-discovery and individual expression in a supportive, and productive environment. At BCT, talented and motivated students gather from across traditional boundaries and nationalities to learn about themselves, each other and the world as they create some of the finest theatrical productions in New England. www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org