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Top 10 Most Iconic Kristin Chenoweth Roles Of All Time

Kristin Chenoweth on 'TODAY'Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC

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Kristin Chenoweth is a remarkable actress, singer, and performer who has graced both stage and screen with her talent and charisma. With a vocal range that can captivate audiences and a stage presence that is second to none, Chenoweth has taken on a variety of roles that have solidified her as one of the entertainment industry’s most beloved figures. From Broadway to television and film, here are the top 10 best Chenoweth roles ever.


Top 10 Most Iconic Kristin Chenoweth Roles of All Time

10. Olive Snook – Pushing Daisies (2007-2009)

In the quirky and whimsical TV series Pushing Daisies, Chenoweth played Olive Snook, a lovable and quirky waitress with a heart of gold. Her chemistry with the rest of the cast, particularly with Lee Pace’s Ned, added depth to the show’s charming universe. Chenoweth’s impeccable comedic timing and infectious energy contributed to making Olive one of the show’s standout characters.

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9. April Rhodes – Glee (2009-2014)

As April Rhodes on the hit musical TV series Glee, Chenoweth brought her powerhouse voice and exuberant personality to the forefront. Chenoweth‘s character, a former McKinley High student and aspiring performer, added a dynamic layer to the show’s ensemble.

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8. Lily St. Regis – Annie (1999)

Chenoweth’s portrayal of Lily St. Regis in various adaptations of Annie showcased her comedic timing and flair for playing offbeat characters. Her portrayal added a delightful twist to the classic story, and her performance added a dose of humor and charm to the production.


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7. Lily Garland – On the Twentieth Century (2015)

In the Broadway revival of the musical On the Twentieth Century, Chenoweth starred as Lily Garland, a glamorous and also temperamental actress. Her Tony Award-winning performance wowed audiences with her impeccable comedic timing and powerhouse vocals, bringing this larger-than-life character to the stage with undeniable charm.

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6. Sally Brown – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999)

Chenoweth’s performance as Sally Brown in the Broadway revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown was a delightful showcase of both her charm and versatility. Her innocence and childlike wonder brought Sally to life, and her rendition of “My New Philosophy” still remains a beloved musical theater moment.

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5. Marian Paroo – The Music Man (2003)

In the 2003 TV special production of The Music Man, Chenoweth portrayed Marian Paroo, the librarian who then captures Professor Harold Hill’s heart. Her chemistry with co-star Matthew Broderick and her enchanting singing in songs like “Goodnight My Someone” and “Till There Was You” added a fresh take to this classic musical.


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4. Maleficent – Disney’s Descendants (2015)

Chenoweth’s portrayal of Maleficent in the Disney Channel movie Descendants and also its sequels added a touch of wickedness to her repertoire. Her performance as the iconic villain brought depth and charisma to the character, leaving a memorable impression on both younger and older audiences.

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3. Velma Von Tussle – Hairspray Live! (2016)

In the live television adaptation of Hairspray, Chenoweth’s portrayal of Velma Von Tussle, the conniving producer of The Corny Collins Show, was certainly a standout. Her larger-than-life personality, wicked humor, and powerful vocals added depth to the character, making her a memorable part of the production.

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2. Cunégonde – Candide (2004)

Next up is Chenoweth’s portrayal of Cunégonde in the Broadway revival of Candide. Both her incredible vocal range and comedic prowess shined in this challenging role. Chenoweth’s rendition of “Glitter and Be Gay” is often cited as one of the most remarkable performances in musical theater history. Showcasing her unmatched talent and also cementing her legacy.

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1. Glinda – Wicked (2003-2004)

Chenoweth’s portrayal of Glinda in the original Broadway production of Wicked certainly solidified her status as a musical theater icon. Her sparkling personality, flawless comedic delivery, and breathtaking soprano voice made Glinda a character audiences couldn’t help but adore. Chenoweth’s rendition of “Popular” became an instant classic, and her chemistry with Idina Menzel’s Elphaba was also truly magical.

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