SALT LAKE CITY — The social media conversation following last weekend’s “BYU Spectacular” revealed the production was a mutual honor for featured performers Kristin Chenoweth, Gentri and several arts groups from Brigham Young University.
Chenoweth, known for originating the role of Glinda in the Broadway musical; “Wicked,” said BYU is “killing it in the arts” in a tweet Saturday night.
The renowned actress and singer also tweeted at tenor trio Gentri, complimenting the group’s performance at the event, to which they responded, “Such an honor to perform with you, Kristin!”
A Gentri Instagram post from the event shows Chenoweth wearing a BYU shirt in a photo with the trio. The post also contains videos of the group’s performance, including a song and video tribute to BYU football coach LaVell Edwards with the trio's performance of “One.”
“It's been a week and an experience we won't soon forget,” Gentri wrote at the end of the post.
Thank you @BYU for inviting us to be a part of #BYUSpectacular during your homecoming week. What an honor to share the stage and rub shoulders with the beautiful, charming and talented @kchenoweth. Shoutout also to the awesome @byuya for joining us during the tribute to the legendary Coach Lavell Edwards as he was honored during a video tribute set to our original song, "One." We also loved meeting and working with the other various, uber-talented student groups including @byuvocalpoint @byucdt @byuballroom @byumenschorus It's been a week and an experience we won't soon forget.
Several BYU performing arts groups who participated in this year's “BYU Spectacular” — which included BYU's Vocal Point, Men’s Chorus, Young Ambassadors, Ballroom Dance Company, Contemporary Dance Theatre and the Music Dance Theatre Program — also posted on social media about the memorable night.
BYU Vocal Point tweeted that it was “a thrill and honor” to perform with Chenoweth, to which she replied saying, “You guys killed it.”
On Facebook, BYU Vocal Point reiterated that Chenoweth “is a wonderful person both on and off the stage.”
The a cappella group also said it was “beyond grateful to have sung with THE Kristin Chenoweth this weekend,” sharing a photo on Instagram of the group with Chenoweth.
The BYU Young Ambassadors also posted on Instagram, saying that singing with Chenoweth and Gentri was “one of the greatest honors of our lives.” The post also pointed out that two members of the tenor trio were former Young Ambassadors.
Singing with @kchenoweth and @gentrimusic tonight was one of the greatest honors of our lives. Especially with 2 YA Alums in Gentri! We're so grateful to have been a part of #BYUSpectacular and hope you all enjoyed it too!! And thanks, @cosmo_cougar for the pic 😉. #kristinchenoweth #gentri #gentrimusic #cosmocougar #byu #yalumni #yaforlife
An Instagram post from BYU Contemporary Dance Theater said performing with Chenoweth was “a dream” for the group.
A BYU Men's Chorus post said the choir was grateful to participate in “one of the best performances of the year.”