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Jun 09

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Kristin Chenoweth – Festival Theatre

SMA Kryztoff banner May 13 100dpi2013 Cab LogoI knew pretty early on in the show that the pint-sized star of stage and screen would blow my socks off. Despite standing a mere 4 foot 11, Kristin Chenoweth owned the stage within seconds of stalking onto it in a tiny dress and enormous heels.

Known to most as the ‘Good Witch’ Glinda from the immensely popular Wicked, as well as the star of television shows including Glee, the short-lived GCB and The West Wing, Chenoweth’s CV demonstrates that she is a consummate professional. So it was not surprising that her extravagant show was pitch perfect and polished in every way.

Demonstrating a vast range of songs – from musical showstoppers such as For Good and Wishing you were Somehow Here (from Phantom of the Opera) to the hilarious In these Shoes and I’m Tired, from country-tributes including What Would Dolly Do to Christian hymns and beautiful, emotive  pieces such as the touching Fathers and Daughters, Chenoweth’s two hour show highlighted her many talents, including her scope for comedy and – impressively – her ability to dance in skyhigh Louboutins.

This show was in every way about the story of Kristin, and included endearing insight into her personal life such as a touching video message to her father, an exploration of her Christian faith and her inspirations in life and music. Sure, Chenoweth probably doesn’t really want to live in Adelaide. Sure, the banter is probably the same on every stage around the world. But I didn’t care. For one night, Chenoweth made us believe that there was nowhere in the world she would rather be- and the feeling was mutual.

If ever there was a show that deserved five stars, this was it.

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