You know that feeling you get when something is so perfect, so utterly charming and moving all at once? When you get a little sad because you know the moment is fleeting and has to end? That’s how I felt seeing the glittering Kristin Chenoweth perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday night.

Not only did the show feature Kristin’s greatest hits, including “Popular” and “Taylor the Latte Boy,” it also gave her a chance to sing some of her favorite Broadway tunes and even a Dolly Parton song. The evening included stories of her life, jokes, and Broadway references (like when she tried to rap for Hamilton, because who doesn’t want to be in the room where it happens?).

I was lucky enough to attend with a friend who is the Will to my Grace, making the evening literally the most Will and Grace thing we’ve ever done. We mouthed words, guessed which songs she would sing, nearly died when she sang songs from Wicked, and were told by the people in front of us that we were having such a good time it was exciting them.

It was an incredible show, and seeing Chenoweth live and in person was magical. How can someone so small have such a powerful, perfect voice? Oh right, she’s Kristin Chenoweth. Duh.

She blasted off with a double whammy of old-school Broadway with “Should I Be Sweet” from the 1932 musical Take a Chance and the greatest rendition of “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret I’ve ever heard. I mean, seriously, it just blew Liza Minnelli out of the water. Can Chenoweth be in the next revival?

The singer’s home state of Oklahoma was mentioned several times at this show, and being a good Southern girl, Kristin sang an amended version of “Looks 10, Dance 3” from A Chorus Line, changing the original lyrics “tits” and “ass” to “boobs” and “butt,” which actually worked surprisingly well, mostly because of her charm.

Despite the few canned and rehearsed jokes that have been a part of Chenoweth’s act for a couple years now, the singer still came across as charming and genuine. In fact, much of the evening was spent with Kristin proving she is talented not only as a singer of multiple musical styles (opera, jazz, pop/country, etc.) but also as a comedienne.

After the intermission, Kristin changed from a crystal-covered top into an even more fabulous, sparkling gown with matching sparkling horns belting out a song called “Evil Like Me” from the Disney Channel movie Descendants — it was the Disney Concert Hall, after all. Apparently, Chenoweth played Maleficent in the movie, and I have to say, Angelina can eat her heart out.

Oh, how amazingly hilarious this was. She showed up at the exploding organ and shuffled her way through the audience seated behind the stage, making her way back down to the ground level. As those seats are kind of awful for this sort of performance, it was a brilliant little treat for those audience members.

Of course this song transitioned into one on the complete opposite end of the spectrum (and perhaps the most famous song Chenoweth ever sang) “Popular” from Wicked, and though Idina Menzel didn’t come out to sing “For Good” with her (that role was filled by Dove Cameron, her co-star from Descendants), the song was still incredibly powerful and confirmed just how professional Kristin is as a performer.

The entire show was just watching a master at work. She held the mic in a way that I’ve never quite seen another performer do, moving it closer or farther away from her mouth depending on the part of the song to keep the volume in the hall effortlessly clear and consistent. Her professionalism was even more apparent when her newcomer co-star sang with her (she held the mic too close, causing the sound to crack).

I might be getting a little bit too technical with this next observation (I did always love music theory), but Chenoweth also has a way of staying in the middle of the note when she sings. As she is known to have perfect pitch, this makes sense; she knows how to get to that pure point of the note without being pitchy.

As someone who has near-perfect or relative pitch (not to say I can sing like that — I can just hear it), it was so refreshing to experience the crystal-clear sounds coming out of this small blonde woman that ten-year-old me once watched in Annie on TV. No matter what style she sang in or how she used her voice, Kristin always sounded clean and pure.

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A great example of this was when she sang “Moon River.” She did so operatically, giving the song a whole new dimension. In fact, it whisked me back to a moment eight years ago when I strolled along St Marks Square in Venice and heard it playing somewhere in the distance.

This kept happening as I watched Kristin perform. When she sang “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables, I was transported back to high school with my Will as we sat backstage waiting for the next scene. Now sitting in Disney Concert Hall we sort of grabbed each other, simultaneously realizing that we had shared that performance ten years ago, and here we were, doing the exact same thing we had done then. I almost lost it.

But I did lose it during the encore when Chenoweth sang “Smile,” a song that means so much to me. I mean, how did she know that? Am I entirely self-centered to think that she knew somehow? Or is that just the power of her performance? That she is able to connect to each individual concertgoer, perhaps in different ways?

Maybe other people were affected by Kristin’s stripped-down interpretation of “Little Sparrow” by Dolly Parton or the Christian song “Upon This Rock.” Maybe they were struck by the emotional “Fathers and Daughters” or when she cried singing “Moon River,” a song that meant so much to her because of her parents. Or maybe it was her rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” that got someone’s emotions going or, for some weird reason, “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady?

Who knows what songs mean to people and why, but that emotional connection is the power of Broadway and standards. These songs have weight not only to the listener but to the performer as well. They have history in a way that other kinds of music may not, and witnessing one of the very best of our time in a striking environment was an impossibly beautiful way to spend two hours of my life.

When Kristin Chenoweth comes back to town or if she’s in a show and you’re in New York, do yourself a favor and see her perform. You won’t regret it.

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