Chenoweth a regular girl with heart, voice

Chenoweth a regular girl with heart, voice

SCHENECTADY >> Is there such a thing as being too diverse as an entertainer? If so, put Kristin Chenoweth at the top of the list. Indeed, it impossible to exactly define what to expect from the gifted soprano at her one-person concert Sunday night at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady. Chenoweth points out that she has a master’s degree in opera performance, but quickly adds that Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline heavily influenced her musical tastes while growing up in Oklahoma. She promises, “You’ll hear glimpses of them” in her singing. Her career has been as varied as her musical influences. On Broadway, she first came to attention in the small Broadway musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” and recently became a genuine Broadway star as the good witch Glenda in the smash hit “Wicked.” Since “Wicked,” Chenoweth has been more frequently seen on television. She had an important role in the quirky series “Pushing Daisies” and now has a recurring role playing April on “Glee.” She has a public image of playing “cute and perky” characters about which, she says, “There are worse things than being cute and perky.” But, she admits, she’s enjoyed playing characters with a touch of larceny. “I had a blast in ‘Annie the Musical’ and “Promises, Promises” (both on Broadway),” she said. However, when asked to describe herself as a performer, she answers, “I’m just a regular girl with a big heart.” And for those familiar with her performances, she has a voice big enough to fill Proctors and a style she describes as “singing in my own living room.” It’s a nice combination. An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday WHERE: Proctors Theatre in Schenectady TICKETS: $20 to $90, 346-6204 or proctors.org