Theater fans are rejoicing today that one of their favorite musical comedy stars is returning to the stage. Welcome back, Kristin Chenoweth!
It’s a “wicked” good day for Broadway fans because it was announced that one of their favorite theater stars was returning to the Great White Way. Kristin Chenoweth will star in the revival of the 1978 musical comedy On the Twentieth Century.
The former Wicked actress has been attached to this project for years. It’s long been a rumor in the Broadway community that it would happen, so theater pundits are relieved it has finally come to fruition.
The show revolves around the shenanigans of a Hollywood diva, Lily Garland, who is on a luxury train trip from Chicago to New York City. The pint-sized star will play the lead role after a five-year absence from the stage. Chenoweth’s last stage vehicle was Promises, Promises in 2010 with Sean Hayes.
The Tony Award winner will be joined by Peter Gallagher as her former lover and struggling theater producer Oscar Jaffee. Gallagher was last seen on Broadway in 2008 in The Country Girl.
Audiences will only have a short amount of time to see the two performers onstage together. It is a 20-week limited engagement with previews on Feb. 15, 2015, and opening night on March 12, 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. The show will close on July 5, 2015.
Scott Ellis is scheduled to direct the production, Warren Carlyle will choreograph the show and the Roundabout Theatre Company is producing the musical. They currently have the revival of Cabaret starring Michelle Williams running at The Kit Kat Club at Studio 54.