Amazing enough to lead to an invitation to join the Met's roster.

In 2008, the company announced that Chenoweth would star in a revival of John Corigliano's 1991 opera "The Ghosts of Versailles," and the composer planned to rewrite one of the roles to better suit the soprano's voice. But the production was scrapped when the economy soured.

"That was a heart-breaker," Chenoweth said. "If I got another offer to do opera, it would be hard to say no."

Chenoweth, who was adopted by a couple in Oklahoma, knew early on that she had to be in music.

"I don't think I had a choice," she said. "You're doing the right thing when you know that no one could ever tell you to do anything else. I was very lucky to have parents who wanted me to find my passion. I studied classical piano. I grew up in a church, so gospel music was a part of my life, too."

Secular music also played a part.

"Julie Andrews was a huge influence," Chenoweth said. "And Barbra Streisand, Carol Burnett, Madeline Kahn, Dolly Parton, Beverly Sills, Sandi Patty. Those might not have been the most popular things in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, but those were my tastes."

In addition to becoming a fine musician, Chenoweth developed into a vibrant actress, with roles that range as widely as her musical affinities. Although she has enjoyed a lot of success in the field, winning an Emmy Award for her work in the ABC series "Pushing Daisies," there has been the occasional setback.

Another ABC series featuring Chenoweth, originally titled "Good Christian Bitches" and later the safer "GCB," was just canceled.

"A lot of people are angry about it," Chenoweth said. "There are petitions to save it. It was a fun show. But I've been in this business long enough to know how things go. Advertisers were scared by the title. That's a bummer."

An earlier version of this article erroneously reported that Kristin Chenoweth won a Tony Award for "Wicked." She was a nominee. The Sun regrets the error.

If you go

Kristin Chenoweth will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. Tickets are $55 to $150. Call 410-547-7328 or go to

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