Kristin Chenoweth Hopes Boots Will Walk to Broadway

News   Kristin Chenoweth Hopes Boots Will Walk to Broadway Though she just left her role as Glinda in the hit musical Wicked, Kristin Chenoweth is already thinking about her return to Broadway.

"I've got a piece that I'm actually going to produce and work on myself," Chenoweth told Playbill On-Line earlier this week. "It's called Boots, and it's about an ex-Vegas showgirl who moves back to Texas to teach a college drill team. [They are] kinda like losers. It's really sweet and funny."

Lamar Damon wrote the piece for the silver screen, but Chenoweth plans to have it turned into a musical vehicle for her. "It's been owned by several studios," said the Tony-winning actress, "but then 'Bring It On' happened and all these movies that were sort of like it. I just read it and fell in love with it and said I'd really like to make this as a musical. It would be another opportunity to do something original."

Though she will be both producer and star, the actress added with a laugh, "I will not write and direct it!" She hopes to have it on Broadway within two years. Chenoweth also said that she is very interested in the next Mel Brooks screen-to-stage musical Young Frankenstein, taking on the role created on screen by the late Madeline Kahn.

Chenoweth, who received a Tony nomination for her work as Glinda in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked, made her New York theatrical debut opposite Bill Irwin in a production of Molière's Scapin and followed that with a role in Kander and Ebb's Steel Pier. Roles in Off-Broadway's A New Brain and the City Center Encores! productions of Strike Up the Band and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever ensued. She won her Tony for her performance as Sally Brown in the Broadway bow of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Chenoweth will make her solo Carnegie Hall concert debut Sept. 10.

An upcoming "Diva Talk" column will feature a complete interview with the much-in-demand performer. For more information about the actress, visit www.kristinchenoweth.com.

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