"The Pink Panther" — with Wicked's Chenoweth — Changes Release Date

News   "The Pink Panther" — with Wicked's Chenoweth — Changes Release Date "The Pink Panther," a prequel to the original 1964 Peter Sellers film, will arrive in movie screens across the country this summer.

The MGM film — starring Steve Martin as Inspector Jacques Clouseau and Kevin Kline as Chief Inspector Dreyfus — was originally slated for a July 22 release. The movie was then pushed back to Sept. 23, but Variety now reports that "The Pink Panther" will make its bow Aug. 5. Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth also appears in the new film as Cherie.

MGM's Erik Lomis told the industry paper, "We looked at the picture again, and it screened very well. We saw an opportunity to get it back into the summer where all age groups are available seven days a week, so we took it."

The Hollywood Reporter previously said that the film follows the story of "Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Kline), who needs an idiot to take over the investigation of the missing legendary 'Pink Panther' diamond ring, which was stolen from the manager of a French soccer team. The person he needs is a fool who will divert public attention that in turn will make him look better when he solves the case himself. He then turns to Inspector Clouseau (Martin)."

Kristin 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, the Broadway comedy Epic Proportions and the City Center Encores! productions of Strike Up the Band and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever ensued. Chenoweth won her Tony for her performance as Sally Brown in the Broadway bow of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Chenoweth released her second solo recording, "As I Am," April 5 on the Sony Classical label.

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