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Kristin Chenoweth, Back Onstage

The 'GCB' and 'Glee' star flexes her stage chops with her current tour

By Lie Shia Ong
MSN Music

Kristin Chenoweth has fans -- a lot of them. Known for her Broadway roots for roles such as Glinda the Good Witch in "Wicked," and also for her TV roles in "Pushing Daisies," "Glee" and "GCB," Chenoweth recently kicked off her North American concert tour in Seattle, performing at the Paramount Theatre on May 9. The performance she gave would make her fans love her only more

The singer, who's just as pint-sized and adorable as she looks on TV, took the stage in front of a packed house, obviously moved by the reception she received. She told the audience that when she was first putting together the tour and she was asked where she wanted to start, there wasn't any doubt her choice was Seattle. The reason? She said her favorite thing in the whole world is from here -- Starbucks -- which led to one of the most memorable numbers of the evening: the singer performing "Taylor the Latte Boy," aka the "Starbucks" song in honor of Seattle.

After the song, Chenoweth said she was retiring it from her repertoire because it was time, and proceeded to pull out a copy of the sheet music, kiss it goodbye and put it in a black box. One lucky fan sitting in the front row, shouted for the box, and she threw it to him, telling him to "keep it in a safe place & never mind!"(If you're wondering, we checked and it has not been put up for sale on eBay!)

More: See photos from the Seattle show

The singer, sometimes accompanied by her backup dancers and singers, performed for 55 minutes singing a variety of songs, including "Maybe This Time" and "One Less Bell to Answer," which she sang on "Glee."

Chenoweth also told stories about growing up in Oklahoma, her family and how she was adopted, and how she started off singing in church, with her first solo titled "I'm Only 4 Feet 11, but I'm Going to Heaven." Little did she know she would grow up and be just that, 4 feet 11.

Acknowledging her Christian roots, the singer said she would be remiss if she didn't perform a song, "Upon This Rock," about her faith, but jokingly added, "If you don't like God, it'll be over in four minutes!"

Weaving funny moments like singing what she called "Around the World With Glinda," in which she sang the song "Popular" from "Wicked" in English, Japanese and German, Chenoweth also threw in some surprises throughout the night: one moment being when she brought two girls, Pilar, 16 and Savannah, 21, up onstage with her to sing "For Good."

After a 15-minute intermission, Chenoweth returned to the stage to perform for another 55 minutes, and even in the second half, her vocals never disappointed.

If you live in one of the remaining 16 cities she'll be performing in on the tour, the show is a must-see. It has a little bit of everything: ballads, country, disco, gospel, of course, Broadway, and surprises along the way. (We won't ruin it for you by telling you everything that happened during the show, but we have a feeling Chenoweth throws in a little something to pay homage to each city she performs in).

Chenoweth said it had taken her nine years to get back to Seattle. Hopefully it won't take that long for her to come back again.

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