Here’s what these Okies and other stars with Oklahoma ties have been up to lately:
It’s been an active year for Broken Arrow-born Kristin chenoweth. The Tony and Emmy Award winner was one of the stars of “Schmigadoon!”, The Apple + limited series which was both a tribute and a satirical parody of the musical genre popular in the 1940s and 1950s.
Then, in October, she released her second holiday-themed album, “Happiness is … Christmas!”, Which features holiday songs such as “Christmas Time is Here”, “Merry Christmas, Darling”, ” Jingle Bell Rock “and” Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas “, with lyrics by Broken Arrow native Ralph Blane.
Chenoweth will perform songs from “Happiness is … Christmas!” album, along with other music from the season, during a special gala concert on December 13 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
Oh yeah, and she got engaged to musician Josh Bryant, who she’s been dating since 2018.
Thanks to her popular Food Network show, “The Pioneer Woman”, Ree drummond (pictured above) is no stranger to being in front of the camera. However, the Pawhuska resident has tried something unusual this year, making her film debut in “Candy Coated Christmas,” which debuted Nov. 19 on the streaming service Discovery +.
The film is the story of a young woman who returns to her mother’s hometown, Peppermint Hollow, after her plans to launch a business are derailed by circumstances. Drummond plays the owner of a local bakery who befriends the woman and introduces her around town.
The cast of “Candy Coated Christmas” includes Molly McCook, Aaron O’Connell, Jae Suh Park and John McCook. The film was written by Alex Yonks, Joey Plager and Ellie Kanner, who also directed.
Trisha Bois of the Year released her fourth cookbook, “Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family,” in August, and in November, the country singer and Food Network star was featured on “A White House Thanksgiving,” a special on Thanksgiving traditions and favorite recipes from President Joe Biden’s family aired Nov. 20 on Food Network.
Yearwood and First Lady Jill Biden made some of these recipes, including First Lady’s Grandma Jacobs Savory Stuffing and Trisha’s Thanksgiving Turkey Gravy. Behind-the-scenes photos and recipes are available at foodnetwork.com/whitehousethanksgiving.
tulsa actor Tim blake nelson starred in the title role of a new western (“Old Henry”) in 2021. Nelson played a widowed farmer with a secret and, if you’re on his bad side, you really don’t want to know what that secret is .
Actor and director Ron howard was born in Duncan, Oklahoma. Him and his little brother Clint howard are the sons of Rance and Jean Howard, who grew up in Oklahoma. Ron and Clint have teamed up to write a book (“The Boys”) about their careers and the parents who guided them through the pitfalls of being a child actor.
Troy Aikman, a Henryetta Pro Football Hall of Famer, announced he is bringing Blake Shelton to Henryetta for a benefit concert. A first Highway to Henryetta festival is scheduled for June 11 at Nichols Park and will benefit educational and community initiatives across the city.
“(Shelton) said yes in five minutes. I was blown away, ”Aikman said. “It was one of those deals where I know Blake a little bit. I don’t claim to know him that well. I always thought Oklahoma was really important to him, and it proved it to me. I don’t know if Blake has ever set foot in Henryetta, Oklahoma.