A performing highlight of her childhood was a solo appearance at the Southern Baptist Convention national conference at the age of 12, where she performed the Evie song "Four Feet Eleven". While there, she auditioned for the Paper Mill Playhouse production of the musical Animal Crackers and got the role of Arabella Rittenhouse.
She turned down the scholarship and moved to New York to do the show and pursue a career in musical theatre. In , she performed in the City Center Encores! She hosted that year's Drama Desk Awards ceremony. The vocal vocabulary she deploys here ranges from jazz-baby brass to operatic silver, often in a single number, and she switches among them with jaw-dropping ease.
And every perfectly weighted note is set off by an impeccably exaggerated gesture. It was short-lived, with thirteen episodes filmed, but only six aired before it was cancelled. She appeared in the final two seasons of the program, through For her performance she received critical acclaim and was nominated two years in a row for an Emmy Award ,  winning in as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Later that year, Chenoweth began a recurring role as April Rhodes in Glee , singing several songs, earning enthusiastic notices. The character is a former member of the glee club who never finished high school and ended up hitting rock bottom.
From her spunky duet of ' Fire ' with Schue, to the heart-achingly lonely coo of ' One Less Bell to Answer ' which segued into a fantastic reprise of ' A House Is Not a Home ' and of course her bone-chilling take on ' Home ' I fell in love with her again.
The Entertainment Weekly reviewer said that "Chenoweth stole much of the show". In , Chenoweth starred as a "suicidal prostitute" in the indie drama Into Temptation , written and directed by Patrick Coyle. She voiced Gabi, a poisonous frog, in the animated film, Rio 2. The song in the video was composed by Andrew Lippa , with lyrics by Amy Rhodes, who also wrote the script for the video.
In , she was featured on the album Grateful: The Songs of John Bucchino. The next year, with Mandy Patinkin, she was featured on the album entitled "Kidults".
One of the tracks featured a duet with Jason Alexander. In October , Chenoweth performed songs from the album in concert for Lincoln Center 's American Songbook concert series. In in London, she performed a solo concert as part of the Divas at the Donmar series for director Sam Mendes.
Later that year, she sang Glinda in the cast recording of Wicked and the soundtrack recording of Disney's The Music Man. Rimalower wrote that Chenoweth "sparkles" on the album. The album peaked at number 31 on the U. The same year, Chenoweth gave a concert at Carnegie Hall.
The album included a duet with John Pizzarelli and there are several modern holiday tunes, but many traditional carols as well including The Lord's Prayer. This album has been her best seller, reaching number 77 on the U. Billboard Albums Chart, climbing to number 7 on the U. Holiday Albums chart and to number 1 on the U. Ben Rimalower, in Playbill, observed that the album "proved an ideal showcase for [Chenoweth's] many gifts".
Louis Symphony Orchestra , at the Fox Theatre. Chenoweth co-wrote two of the songs. The reviewer for BroadwayWorld. Chenoweth's range, timbre and versatility are in peak form, with astonishing top notes, equalized registers and a delicious ability to variegate attack from number to number. The float was making the first of three annual appearances commemorating the state of Oklahoma's statehood centennial in She sang "Our Good Nature", an original composition written to coincide with the Oklahoma centennial celebration and the theme of the parade.
Life, Love, and Faith in Stages ,  describing her life and career, including her adoption, her turn in Wicked and her time in Hollywood. To promote the album, she made an appearance on The Club which upset some of her gay fans.
For example, Chenoweth's decision to appear on The Club and her falling out with Women of Faith were depicted with the Hayes character. She has said that during some performances she has had to lean on her co-stars to keep her balance and that it has caused her to miss performances. Setoodeh thought that her Tony-nominated Promises, Promises co-star, Sean Hayes , "comes off as wooden and insincere" in playing the straight character Chuck, and that Jonathan Groff has a similar credibility problem in the TV show Glee.
He questioned whether any openly gay actor could acceptably portray a straight character. Chenoweth argued that audiences "come to the theater to go on a journey" and do not care about an actor's sexual orientation.