Kristin Chenoweth rang in New Year’s Eve with humor, elegance, and talent galore at Walt Disney Concert Hall, downtown Los Angeles. As she stated at show’s start, music is what makes people happy, and her entire show was performed to this end. A special duet of Chenoweth with guest Shoshana Bean, as Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand singing a blend of “Come On, Get Happy,” and “Happy Days” was perhaps the standout number. The song, “You Don’t Own Me,” with its message of women’s empowerment, accompanied by vocalists Crystal and Marissa, also garnered applause and good energy from the audience. Another guest performer, Cheyenne Jackson, entertained with two upbeat tunes, having just finished a critically acclaimed run of The Most Happy Fella, in New York. Chenoweth’s rendition of “Memories, The Way We Were,” was the perfect way to say goodbye to a year filled with both sorrows and joys, and to welcome a new year, replete with hope. Kristin Chenoweth is a class act, an artist of elegance. She dazzled the audience from beginning to end in a most majestic of venues.
LA Phil @ Walt Disney Concert Hall