Creator: Kristin Chenoweth
The tiny blonde with the powerhouse voice.
One of Broadway's reigning queens, "Cheno
" is known among musical theater lovers as the original G(a)linda in the hit musical Wicked
. Television audiences, on the other hand, know her as Olive Snook from Pushing Daisies
, Annabeth Schott from The West Wing
and April Rhodes on Glee
She is also known for her Cheno Notes (extremely high soprano notes sung in full head voice), for being 4 feet 11 inches, and for Les Yay
-ing it up with Wicked
costar Idina Menzel
. Also a tiny but vocal Mama Bear
to everyone in the LGBT community despite her deeply Christian upbringing, as this takedown of a writer attacking her co-stars
She has had a long on-again off-again relationship with writer Aaron Sorkin
(they appear to currently be off-again).
She was a guest judge on American Idol
for the Orlando auditions. Awesome promptly ensued.
Roles of note:
- Betty and Veronica: Some of her best known roles like in "Wicked", "Pushing Daisies", and "Glee" have her as the Veronica to the Betty of the show.
- Ill Girl: Chenowith has the chronic illness Ménière's disease, which affects the inner ear and can lead to both hearing and balance issues. In her case it's rather severe, she has said in interviews that there are times when she has needed a stage co-star to literally prop and hold her up so she didn't collapse in the middle of a performance and then be unable to get back up.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: She's played some characters, while not outright evil or even necessarily mean per se, who tend to be somewhat callous or abrasive.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Musically speaking. Opera trained as a coloratura soprano, a with perfect pitch and breath control, and three octaves. Also, less than five feet tall.