Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Whither Goeth Chenoweth?

Whither Goeth Chenoweth?

Undeniably, Kristin Chenoweth is one of Broadway's top musical actresses these days.

But with a potential starring gig on an ABC television series called "Pushing Daisies," what will happen to the looming Young Frankenstein scheduled to replace The Producers at the St. James Theatre later this year? The Tony-winning actress had earlier assumed the coveted Madeline Kahn role of Elizabeth in last year's vaunted reading of the new Mel Brooks tuner.

Chenoweth, of course, is performing her last couple weeks in the Great White Way revival of The Apple Tree. In addition to her leading role in that show, she recently made her acclaimed operatic debut with New York's Metropolitan Opera.

Needless to say, the ABC pilot has yet to be picked up, and much can happen between now and the time Young Frankenstein comes to fruition. But if she's now going West, who might replace her?

According to one of my favorite personal sources, Megan Mullally is rumored to be ready to take Chenoweth's place. Mullally has not been on Broadway since 1995's celebrated revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Her only other stint there was in the 1994 revival of Grease. Ironically, I just spotted Mullally in the audience at a recent performance of the new Company revival (stay tuned for a review of that show to come shortly).

While I have to admit that I'd be sad to see the promising new Brooks musical move forward sans Chenoweth, Mullally is one of the few other comedic actresses with the apropos chops to make Kahn's former role her own. Stay tuned!

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