Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Eve of a New Broadway Role for Kristin Chenoweth
It's been nearly three years since Tony Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth last opened in a Broadway show, but what a role that was! Chenoweth floated into our hearts -- via bubble -- as Glinda in the musical juggernaut known as Wicked.
Now comes news that Chenoweth will be headlining the very first Great White Way revival of The Apple Tree as Eve (as in Adam and...). Gary Griffin (The Color Purple) will direct the Roundabout Theatre Company musical, which will make its bow at Studio 54 beginning November 28 with a December 14 opening.
This won't be Chenoweth's first crack at Eve -- she took on the role via City Center's "Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert" with co-stars Michael Cerveris and Malcolm Gets. No word yet on who whether either will reprise their roles for the new production.
The Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick tuner last graced a Broadway stage during its 463 performance run at the Shubert Theatre from October, 1966-November 1967. That production received seven Tony nominations and landed Barbara Harris a Tony for the role Chenoweth will assume.
Will it work the same magic for Broadway's favorite bubbly blond? I'm not sure, but you can bet I'll do my best to be in the audience for this one.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).