Kristin Chenoweth picks Las Vegas native for live duet

New Year’s Eve was particularly memorable for a Las Vegas man who was pulled from the crowd to sing with Kristen Chenoweth during her concert Tuesday night at the Smith Center.

Chenoweth is known for inviting a member of the audience onstage to perform a duet from Wicked, the Broadway musical in which Chenoweth played Glinda.

Despite normally choosing a female to sing the part of Elphaba in “For Good,” Chenoweth chose Ray Winters, who won the Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards in spring 2013.

The Bishop Gorman graduate was one of two students who represented the Silver State at the national competition in New York.

Winters is now studying musical theater in New York City. He was home for the holidays when he attended Chenoweth’s concert and returned to the same stage where he won best male high school musical theater student last year.

“Everyone at The Smith Center was proud to see that one of our own — this kid who we sent to New York — spread his wings,’” Smith Center president Myron Martin wrote on Facebook. “It was very gratifying.”

Winters posted a video of the performance on YouTube, where he wrote about the experience.

“I am so incredibly happy right now,” he said. “I wanted to sing with her so bad, and I actually got to. Gotta thank God for that.”

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