Anna Kendrick is an actress I've quite enjoyed, ever since seeing her opposite George Clooney in her Oscar-nominated performance for Up in the Air. I was late to the party, since I know a lot of people became fans from in her a small movie, Camp, about a music camp. It was the first time a small group figured out that she could sing. And more people likely figured that out last year when she starred in Pitch Perfect about a cappella singing. The truth is, though, what probably few people know is that not only can she sing, but she got her start on Broadway. And when I say "start," I mean that her first professional acting role was in the stage musical version of High Society when she was 12 years old and got a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress. (That's some start...) It made her the third-youngest actor to ever get nominated.
So, the girl's got singing chops.
And if you haven't seen those chops, here she is opposite Kristen Chenoweth (see! There's the connection -- after posting two YouTube videos of her, this popped up), and together they perform the famous duet from Wicked that Chenoweth had herself starred in in the original Broadway production, "For Good."
One of the reasons I like Anna Kendrick, though, has nothing to do with her acting or singing. I often like actors because...well, because I like them. And whenever I see her on talk shows, she comes across as otherworldly charming. Not "charming" like some actors act on talk shows -- I mean, self-effacing goofball charming.
All that aside, here's the video. I have no idea what this is from, but it looks like some variety production of some sort. I'll just add that, for reasons which will become clear, my favorite moment comes at 4:07