Kristin Chenoweth Shares If She'll Ever Perform in WICKED Again, Sings Judy Garland & More on STARS IN THE HOUSE
The Actors Fund has teamed with SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, to produce a daily mini-online show, entitled Stars in The House, featuring stars of stage and screen singing and performing live (from home!) on social media to promote support for The Fund's services for those most vulnerable to the effects of virus (COVID-19).
Stars In The House continued last night (8pm) with Tony and Emmy award-winning Broadway Legend Kristin Chenoweth!
Chenoweth, in full glam, said that instead of S.N.O.B Saturday night on Broadway, her evening would be S.N.I.B, Saturday Night In Bathroom, with her "Guitarist, cook, maid, and boyfriend, Josh Bryant."
Chenoweth spoke about her beauty pageant roots, her advice to performers during this time of social distancing, if she'll ever perform in Wicked again, and more. She chatted with special guests Anne L. Nathan, Melissa Gilbert and Timothy Busfield, and Kathy Najimy, and sang songs by Linda Ronstadt and Judy Garland, as well as singing a hymn, The Prayer of St. Francis.
Chenoweth shared a story about coming in third place in two separate beauty pageants, and the reason she believes she landed in that position.
"Could it have been the onstage question? The onstage question was, 'What do you think of 60 Minutes as a TV show?'... and I said, 'I think it's a good amount of time.'"
When asked in a fan comment if she would ever perform in Wicked again, Kristin answered, "I can't do Wicked on stage anymore because it would just feel so... I've been there, done that, you know what I mean? And I got to create that part with Stephen Schwartz and Winnie and Idina and Joe, all of us. And I just feel like, it was what it was and sometimes when you try to go back in time it's not as you would remember... I like to see who's new and celebrate that. Everybody keeps talking about the movie, and I've always pictured if I were to be in the movie, or they were to have Idina and I in the movie in any way, it would just be fun to be in a group scene and just pan by like, Where's Waldo? I don't know how Dee feels about it, we've talked about it over the years a couple of times, but that's kind of where I'm at with it."
New shows will be produced DAILY at the traditional theater times of 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET. Each star will be singing a mix of their hit songs and/or something unexpected. Between each song, Seth will interview the star as he does on SiriusXM, leading them to give fun, inside stories about their careers. Both the star and Seth will encourage people watching to donate at ActorsFund.org/Donate and James will be giving updates from The Fund as well as giving shout-outs to people donating in real time.
Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth's career spans film, television, voiceover and stage. In 2015, Chenoweth received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in "Pushing Daisies." In 1999, she won a Tony Award for "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in "Wicked" in 2004. Chenoweth has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People's Choice Award for her role on "Glee." In 2009, she wrote an upliftingly candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, "A Little Bit Wicked," which debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller List. Chenoweth is set to star as "Madeline" in the upcoming musical comedy "Death Becomes Her," an adaptation of the 1992 film directed by Robert Zemeckis.
In 2015, Chenoweth earned a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for her lead role in the Roundabout Theatre Company's "On the Twentieth Century." She also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Drama League Award. Chenoweth has performed to sold-out audiences across the world, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. In 2014, she released a CD and DVD of her own live concert performance, "Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home." Notable television roles include appearances in "The West Wing," Disney's "Descendants" and "The Muppets." In film, Chenoweth voiced the role of Gabi in the hit animated film "Rio 2" and Fifi, Snoopy's beloved French poodle in "The Peanuts Movie." She starred in the indie teen drama entitled "Hard Sell" and additional film credits have included "The Boy Next Door," "Deck the Halls," "Twelve Men of Christmas," "Four Christmases," "RV," "Bewitched," "The Pink Panther," "Hit & Run" and "Family Weekend." She also starred in NBC's "Hairspray Live!" as Velma Von Tussle in December 2016. She was recently seen in the Starz original series "American Gods," where she has reunited with executive producer Bryan Fuller in the role of Easter. Chenoweth voiced the role of Princess Skystar in Lionsgate/Hasbro's "My Little Pony: The Movie," and can also be heard in the animated film "The Star." In addition to her film projects, Chenoweth recently starred in the second season of NBC's hit comedy series "Trial & Error," and received critical acclaim for her performance as Heiress Lavinia Peck-Foster.
Chenoweth released 'The Art of Elegance,' her first album of American Songbook classics via Concord Records. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard's Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts, and #1 on Amazon's Vocal Pop chart. Chenoweth also returned to the stage in her limited engagement MY LOVE LETTER TO BROADWAY, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, receiving rave reviews. Kristin is currently working on her next album, set for release in 2019.
Chenoweth is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Master's degree in Opera Performance. She formed a charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BAPAC) Foundation in her home state of Oklahoma. Chenoweth's accomplishments were honored by her hometown with BAPAC naming "The Kristin Chenoweth Theatre" in 2012. Partnering with the BAPAC in a labor of love, Kristin launched an annual Broadway Bootcamp in 2015, providing young Broadway hopefuls with the opportunity to take classes, hold performances and learn from top mentors in the entertainment industry including Kristin herself. Kristin is also a passionate supporter of charities which dedicate their time and efforts to helping those in need. She is an inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
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