Hometown girl makes good! Kristin Chenoweth is partnering up with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Foundation in her home state of Oklahoma to create a new charity partnership. The Tony and Emmy winner, who also helped launch the animal charity Maddie's Corner, said in a statement, "I am so excited to work more closely with the theater in my hometown that bears my name. Maddie’s Corner was a huge inspiration for me to continue to learn about how to make my mark in the world. I am looking forward to this new partnership and the future of BA PAC!"
The mission of the new Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Foundation is to bring the world of visual and performing arts to the city of Broken Arrow. Through its programs and initiatives, the Foundation will provide artistic and educational opportunities, offer entertainment and artistic enrichment to the Broken Arrow community and serve as a partner in the cultural and economic vitality of the city.
According to the statement, some current and future initiatives include bringing internationally acclaimed concert artists and Broadway productions to the center, educational outreach and master classes with touring artists, after-school and summer arts institutes, scholarship programs and creating opportunities for students to travel and perform on a national level.
Chenoweth won a Tony Award for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and received a nomination for originating the role of Glinda in Wicked. Her other Broadway credits include Promises, Promises, The Apple Tree, Epic Proportions and Steel Pier. Her many TV credits include Glee, The West Wing, GCB and an Emmy-winning turn in Pushing Daisies. Chenoweth is reportedly eyeing a return to Broadway in Hello, Dolly! in the next two years.