It looks like Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth next year will get to achieve her long-held dream of returning to Broadway in a revival of “On the Twentieth Century.”
The Tony- and Emmy-winning actress/singer will return to the Great White Way in February as Hollywood diva Lily Garland in the 1978 “madcap musical comedy” about antics aboard a luxury train trip from Chicago to New York City, the Roundabout Theater Company recently announced.
Chenoweth, who originated the role of Glinda in “Wicked,” won a Tony for playing Sally in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and last appeared on Broadway in “Promises, Promises” in 2010, will star opposite Golden Globe winner Peter Gallagher as her former lover, the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffee. According to the New York Times, Gallagher was last on Broadway in “The Country Girl” in 2008; he played Sky Masterson in the 1992 revival of “Guys and Dolls,” and is perhaps best known for the films “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” and “While You Were Sleeping” and the TV shows “The O.C” and “Covert Affairs.”
In the original Broadway production of “Twentieth Century,” John Cullum won a Tony as Oscar (opposite Madeline Kahn as Lily); the show also won Tonys for best score (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Cy Coleman) and best book (Comden and Green).
Scott Ellis will direct the revival, and Warren Carlyle will be the choreographer.
The 20-week limited engagement will begin performances on Feb. 12 at the American Airlines Theater.
Chenoweth has been talking about “On the Twentieth Century” since her Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame induction back in September 2011, and it’s great to see something official indicating her dream will soon come true.
“(The role) was originated by one of my favorites, Madeline Kahn, and hasn’t been revived since maybe before I was born. I’m excited to get to go back to Broadway; whenever they’ll have me, I’m ready to go,” she told me back at the 2011 induction ceremony.
For ticket information on the revival, go to www.roundabouttheatre.org/Shows-Events/On-the-Twentieth-Century.aspx.
In addition, Chenoweth will return to her hometown for live musical performances Aug. 22-23 at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.
Recently partnering with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Foundation, Chenoweth has refocused her philanthropy efforts to support fine arts and community relations in Broken Arrow, establishing the Kristin Chenoweth Fund for Arts and Education.
For more information or tickets, go to www.thepacba.com.