Lincoln Center's American Songbook series — the acclaimed program devoted to the popular American song — will begin its fifth season with Tony Award-winning actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth.
Chenoweth, who won her Tony for her role as Sally in the revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, will perform in concert on Oct. 11 and 12 at the John Jay College Theatre (899 10th Avenue). Show time is 8 PM.
Chenoweth, who will be a part of this summer's Divas at the Donmar series at London's famed Donmar Warehouse, made her New York theatrical 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. 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. Chenoweth also 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. She will also be featured in the TV production of Meredith Willson's The Music Man and the upcoming Broadway musical Wicked.
Kathleen Marshall will choreograph Chenoweth's concerts.
Although the entire 2002-2003 American Songbook series has yet to be finalized, the new season will include performances from Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, John Barrowman, Mary Cleere Haran, La Chanze, Adam Guettel, Ann Hampton Callaway and composer/conductor Rob Kapilow as well as an evening devoted to the works of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. For ticket reservations and performance information to American Songbook concerts, call CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500. For more information, go to www.lincolncenter.org.
—By Andrew Gans