Kristin Chenoweth & Lea Michele Reunite for 'Dorothy of Oz' Flick
According to published reports, Broadway and television stars Kristin Chenoweth and Lea Michele will reunite on the silver screen for the animated feature 'Dorothy of Oz.' Michele will voice the title character of Dorothy, while Chenoweh will voice the character of China Doll Princess. The movie is based on the "More Adventures of Oz" novels written by Roger S. Baum - great-grandson of L. Frank Baum's.
While a rep for the film would not confirm the casting, it is speculated by PopWrap that the Scarecrow will be voiced by Dan Aykroyd, the Tin Man will be voiced by Kelsey Grammer and the Cowardly Lion will be voiced by James Belushi. An official casting announcement is expected this week.
In the film, Dorothy makes new magical friends in the initial absence of the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Lion, including a marshmallow man, Chenoweth's China Doll Princess (a bossy woman who uses her aggressiveness to hide her insecurities). Together, the unite to overturn the powers of Oz's new villain, a Jester (believed to be voiced by Martin Short).
The film is expected for release is 2011.
Kristin Chenoweth and Lea Michele appeared together on the small screen on the September 30 episode of GLEE, on which Michele plays series regular Rachel Berry. In the episode, Chenowethplayed April Rhodes, a boozy former classmate of Will's who has an eye for really young men. Chenoweth is expected to reprise her role on the hit comedy series during its next installment beginning April 13. The show will play Tuesdays at 9pm.
Kristin Chenoweth is best known for her roles as Sally Brown in Broadway's YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, Charlie Brown and Glinda in Broadway's WICKED. She has appeared in "The West Wing" as Annabeth Scott and, most recently, in "Pushing Daisies."
Lea Michele is best known for her starring role as Wendla in Broadway's Spring Awakening, and for her role as Rachel Berry on GLEE. She also appeared as a child on Broadway in Les Miserables in the 1990s. For Spring Awakening, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. For GLEE, she has received a Golden Globe nomination and a Satellite Award.