One of a handful of actresses who can seamlessly transition between stage and screen, Chenoweth co-starred with Matthew Broderick in ABC TV’s classic musical, “The Music Man, and starred in ABC’s TV movie of “Annie.” Her big-screen hits include “Bewitched,” “Four Christmases” and “Deck the Halls.” Her TV credits include developing characters in programs such as “The West Wing,” “Glee” and “Pushing Daisies,” for which she was awarded an Emmy. Her Tony win was for playing Sally, a character that was not present in the original production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and she was in the recent revival of “Promises, Promises.”
Along with the original cast recordings to her Broadway hits, Chenoweth’s CD releases include “Let Yourself Go,” a collection of standards from the musicals of the 1930s, “As I Am,” containing various Christian songs, and “A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas," her best-seller, which climbed to No. 7 on the Billboard magazine holiday chart. Her latest release is a country-pop CD titled “Some Lessons Learned,” which includes songs by Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and two songs she co-wrote.
Chenoweth is revered by musical-theater fans for the song “The Girl in 14G,” written specifically for her, which shows off her classically trained coloratura soprano and her ability to sing the note F above high C.
Next up for Chenoweth is a PBS concert taping of Lincoln Center’s annual American Songbook series. “The show will be very, very simple but will celebrate the classic American songs we know and love. I’m very honored to do the show for PBS. I’m glad there still is a PBS, if I can say that,” she adds. “PBS gives performers the opportunity to do things that they aren’t always able to do and share this with the audience.”
Of her eagerly awaited return to the musical stage of Broadway, she says, “We’re going to announce ‘On the Twentieth Century’ soon. It’s something I’m really excited about. But also very nervous. Madeline Kahn (who originated the show’s lead role of Lily Garland) is one of my idols, along with Dolly Parton and Julie Andrews. I want to put my own stamp on it. It also gives me the chance to sing both classical and musical-theater songs.”
As one of Chenoweth’s admirers (how did you guess?), I am planning a New York City trip that will coincide with “On the Twentieth Century” — just waiting for opening date announcement.
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