About the Host - Kristin Chenoweth
The 2012 host of the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ is television, film and Broadway star, Kristin Chenoweth.
“I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this unique program with American Humane Association,” says Chenoweth, a passionate advocate for animals who founded her own charity, Maddie’s Corner, to benefit shelter pets. “I was a judge at last year’s Hero Dog Awards and am delighted to host the best and most heartwarming animal show on television.”
An Emmy and Tony Award winner and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee, Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television and film with the captivating grace that only she can project. She received rave reviews while starring in the ABC series “Pushing Daisies,” where she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. “Pushing Daisies” was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award for “Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy”. She has appeared in Fox’s comedy “Glee,” where she played a former student who comes back to help re-energize the Glee club. For this role, she was recently nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People’s Choice Award in the category of Favorite TV Guest Star. Chenoweth also starred as Annabeth Schott on the hit drama “The West Wing” and guest judged on “American Idol.”
Many remember her show-stealing, Tony-winning performance in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked,” which earned her a leading actress Tony Award nomination.
Kristin is scheduled to appear in the upcoming season of "The Good Wife." Chenoweth will match wits with both Alicia and Peter in her role as a top-of-her-game political reporter who wants to know more about the Florrick campaign and marriage.
She will also be seen in two upcoming films, “Hit and Run,” written by Dax Shepard and "Family Weekend”. “Hit and Run,” which premieres on August 24, follows a former getaway driver that is chased by his gang after he jeopardizes his Witness Protection Plan identity in order to help his girlfriend get to Los Angeles. “Family Weekend,” centers on a disgruntled teenager's attempts to get attention from her dysfunctional family.
Chenoweth recently wrapped her debut world tour in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on June 24th. While on tour, she performed songs from her latest album “Some Lessons Learned,” as well as an array of her most memorable songs and Broadway show tunes, including music from “Wicked”, “Promises Promises,” and “Glee”.
Chenoweth most recently starred as Carlene Cockburn in the ABC series, “G.C.B.,” alongside Leslie Bibb and Annie Potts. Last year, Kristin was seen on Broadway as Fran Kubelik in the revival of Promises, Promises starring alongside Sean Hayes at the Broadway theater. Promises, Promises is a unique and popular part of the musical theater canon which was on stage for the first time in over forty years.
Chenoweth wrote an uplifting candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, “A Little Bit Wicked”, which was released by Simon & Schuster in April 2009 and debuted at # 12 on the New York Times Hardcover Non Fiction Best Seller List.
Kristin’s stage credits include: Kern and Hammerstein’s rarely seen 1932 musical Music in the Air, the second Encores! production of New York City Center’s 2008-09 season. She starred in Stairway to Paradise, an original Encores! production celebrating the great Broadway revue. Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the first Ziegfeld Follies, Kristin concluded New York City Center’s 2007 season with beloved Broadway numbers from the early 20th century. Ms. Chenoweth starred in the critically successful and highly lauded limited-engagement of The Apple Tree at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54 and also performed in the Broadway comedy Epic Proportions and in the Kander and Ebb musical Steel Pier, for which she won a Theatre World award. She also performed in an Off-Broadway production of Moliere’s Scapin for the Roundabout Theatre Company and Nora Ephron’s Love Loss and What I Wore.
A veteran of the concert scene, Kristin took the stage in a solo sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and continues to tour the country. Chenoweth also joined the musical group IL Divo and international violin virtuoso, Vanessa Mae on IL Divo’s for their limited-run holiday tour in 2009. She performed her solo concert at Sam Mendes’s acclaimed Donmar Warehouse as part of the Divas at Donmar series. The show received glowing reviews. Following her show in London, Chenoweth has had numerous collaborations with various symphonies, including The New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. One of her proudest accomplishments was having the privilege to perform Bernstein’s Candide at Lincoln Center with The New York Philharmonic. Other performances include her sold-out Los Angeles solo debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, an evening at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Washington National Opera’s 50th Anniversary Gala with Placido Domingo. She also had the honor of playing a sold out solo concert at the famed Metropolitan Opera House.