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Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth presented The Evolution of a Soprano at Carnegie Hall May 3. Playbill.com was there. Kristin Chenoweth returned to Carnegie Hall May 3, ten years since her solo debut at the famed venue, with her new act The Evolution of a Soprano.

The Tony and Emmy Award winner took us step-by-step from her training in Broken Arrow, OK - with roots in classic and religious music - to Broadway and on. Richard Jay-Alexander directed, with musical direction from Mary-Mitchell Campbell leading a 13-piece orchestra.

The diminutive star entered in a strapless black gown with a glittering diamond choker and leapt into an Italian art song. After a minute, this was revealed to be a gag opening. She quickly jumped to her 1994 New York debut - or rather her second Off-Broadway show, in the long-running The Fantasticks back when it was down on Sullivan Street - and favored us with as good a rendition of "Much More" as we're ever likely to hear. She then talked about her first Broadway audition, for Kander and Ebb's Steel Pier. They wanted a tall chorus girl, she told us, but she sang her way into the show. Rather than singing her Steel Pier solo, she gave us Kander and Ebb's My Coloring Book. READ THE FULL Playbill CONCERT REVIEW.