The Charitable Kristin Chenoweth

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Kristin Chenoweth knows how to make an entrance. She not only captured everyone’s attention but even the sun on this day with a beautiful seafoam green outfit and a one-of-a-kind handbag, a gift inspired for her recent performance in “On The Twentieth Century”. The clasp has a bejeweled choo choo train that was almost as bright and shiny as her blue eyes.

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A party was hosted by Town New Development at their palatial penthouse at 53 Greene Street in Soho (above). The gorgeous digs are on the market if you are property shopping. The purpose of the gathering was to celebrate Ms. Chenoweth’s pictorial in Social Life Magazine — the elite glossy mag of the Hamptons.

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Kristin Chenoweth and PK Greenfield

She entered the building and came out onto the terrace with the similar fanfare of the opening of a Broadway musical and graciously sat down with me for a brief chat.

What is your next stop now that the run of “On the Twentieth Century” has its final performance? “It’s going to be a tough one to say goodbye. My co-star, Peter Gallagher and the entire cast and crew have been amazing. It’s always hard when a show closes. It’s part of the work but it’s sad to leave people that you come close to. I have a project with Disney so I’ll be leaving for Los Angeles.”

I know you do a lot of charity work. Talk to me about that. “Well, the most important one that I’m currently working with is the theatre in my hometown in Oklahoma; they named it the Kristin Chenoweth Theatre and it’s at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.” That’s the name of your high school. “Well you did your homework,” she laughs. Of course, I did.

“They rebuilt the building and it’s now a gorgeous, 1,400 seat theatre that all of the Broadway tours will come through. In fact, Liza will be there, Bernadette will be there…” Those are several ladies that don’t need surnames, I added. She was amused, chuckled and replied, “You are absolutely right. These are the people that I look up to and honor and they will be performing at the theatre that bares my family’s name. How lucky am I!? It’s such an honor and so important for the arts in Oklahoma.”

Tell me about the performing arts camp that you started for kids. “I’m glad you asked about this. You really did your research. We are doing a camp in Oklahoma where kids audition and ten of them will receive a full scholarship. I’m going to be doing master classes beginning in August and will make various appearances. This is going to be my legacy and the way that I want to be remembered.”

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Kristin and Andrew Pruett

She wondered where her escort with a similar mane of hair went. He soon joined the conversation after a trip to the loo. When I asked about the man on her arm, she laughed, blushed and her voice got higher, reminiscent of her role as Glinda in the musical “Wicked.” She wanted a good picture and everyone to know that Andrew Pruett is her new beau.

She’s a keeper and a giver!

Read more about The Kristin Chenoweth Theatre and Town by clicking the links below.

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Photos by Jerritt Clark and Frank Nicolella

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