After her Tony win for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown in 1999, Hollywood snapped up Broadway's Kristin Chenoweth. June 5, theatre audiences can see what NBC has made of the pint-sized cutie in "Kristin," her new TV comedy, debuting from 8:30 PM - 9 PM, EST (check local listings).
In the series, Chenoweth plays Kristin Yancey, a small town girl from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, who moves to New York City to become a Broadway star (the plot mirrors Chenoweth's own life, as she too moved from Oklahoma to win prizes as an opera singer). Like most struggling actors, she takes a day job, working for the good-looking but corrupt real estate tycoon, Tommy Ballantine (Jon Tenney). She hopes to change him with her kindly ways despite Tommy's insistance that a country girl assistant won't help his reputation. Reverend Thornhill (Tony Award nominee Christopher Durang), whose church was saved from demolition by Tommy, believe the two will make the perfect pair.
Before her Tony win as Charlie Brown's little sister Sally, Chenoweth appeared in the musicals Steel Pier, Strike Up the Band, The Fantasticks and A New Brain. Her last Broadway stint was in the comedy, Epic Proportions.
Tenney starred in Kenneth Lonergan's "You Can Count on Me" as well Broadway's The Heiress, Biloxi Blues, Sweet Sue and Brighton Beach Memoirs Durang wrote Obie winners Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All and The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Tony nominee A History of the American Film and The Actor's Nightmare.
Also in the cast are Larry Romano as Aldo Bonnadonna, Dale Godboldo as Tyrique and Ana Ortiz as Santa Clemente. John Markus of "The Cosby Show" and "The Larry Sanders Show" created and will executive produce "Kristin." Earl Pomerantz of "Lateline" also executive produces.
— By Christine Ehren