Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth will appear on Garrison Keillor's radio program, "A Prairie Home Companion" on June 8. Broadcast live from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, Keillor's program will feature interviews and performances from Chenoweth, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, Peter Ostroushko and Mike Auldridge. The weekly radio show airs in the New York City area on June 8 at 6 PM on WNYC-FM 93.9 and again on June 9 at 11 AM on WNYC-AM 820. (Go to http://phc.mpr.org/ for local listings.)
Kristin Chenoweth made her Broadway debut opposite Bill Irwin in a production of Molière's Scapin and followed that with a lead role in Kander and Ebb's Steel Pier, which earned the actress a Theatre World Award. Roles in A New Brain and the City Center Encores! Strike Up the Band ensued, and in 1998 she portrayed Sally in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, nabbing Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for her performance. She starred in her own, short-lived TV series "Kristin," and her other TV appearances include roles in "Frasier" and ABC's television adaptation of the musical Annie.
The first live broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion" took place in July 1974 at the Janet Wallace Auditorium at Macalester College, Saint Paul. After a run of 13 years, Keillor decided to leave the program, but resumed the radio show two years later when he set up shop in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as The American Radio Company. In 1992 he decided to return to Minnesota, and a year later, the show resumed the name "A Prairie Home Companion." The National Public Radio program is produced by Minnesota Public Radio and distributed nationwide by Public Radio International.