The Virginia Arts Festival, bringing world-class performers to this area, gets off to a roaring start with Kristin Chenoweth, the diminutive (4’11”) performer with the giant voice and personality. She is the first of a pair of “Broadway Bookends” that will begin and end the VAF this season. Towards the end of the VAF, Broadway legend Michael Feinstein will be performing from the “Great American Songbook”.
The Virginia Arts Festival will present “An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth” on (
Friday, April 19 ) Friday, April 12 at Chrysler Hall. https://secure.vafest.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=665
Chenoweth won the Tony Award in 1999 for her role as Sally in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and created the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked on Broadway in 2003. She has acted and sung in both movies and television. She won an Emmy in 2003 for her comedic role in the TV series Pushing Daisies.
Chenoweth will be singing some knockout numbers from Broadway. There will also be songs that are very personal to Chenoweth, as she chats with the audience.
Our own, amazing Virginia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rob Fisher, will accompany Kristin Chenoweth. Fisher is a Norfolk native with his own Broadway pedigree. He has worked on Broadway musicals such as An American in Paris and Chicago. He is a director, conductor, arranger and a pianist with a great love for iconic American popular music and Broadway classics. In 1994, Fisher founded New York City Center’s “Encores! Great American Musicals in Concerts”, an annual series. He is a guest conductor across the U.S. He works with artists like Kristin Chenoweth, Renée Fleming, and Idina Menzel.
The other “Broadway Bookend” this season is Michael Feinstein. He will be appearing on Sunday, May 19 at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach. https://secure.vafest.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=733
Feinstein is known as “the ambassador of the Great American Songbook.” Feinstein began his career working for legendary lyricist Ira Gershwin, who wrote over a dozen Broadway shows with his partner and brother, George Gershwin. Feinstein was hired to research and catalog the music and recordings of the Gershwin brothers. Along the way, he fell in love with the iconic music from the shows the brother worked on, including songs like “I Got Rhythm”, “Embraceable You”, and “The Man I Love”.
Feinstein has performed on Broadway, in clubs, on television and concert stages around the world. In 2008, he founded the Great American Songbook Foundation to preserve the legacy of these American classics.
Feinstein will be performing many of these wonderful songs and sharing the history behind them. If you love the music of Broadway, you will not want to miss these two “Best of Broadway” performances.
For more information and to purchase tickets to these programs and any of the other Virginia Arts Festival events, go to https://www.vafest.org