Wicked's Chenoweth Lands "West Wing" Gig

News   Wicked's Chenoweth Lands "West Wing" Gig Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, who was most recently on Broadway as Glinda in the hit musical Wicked, is set to return to the small screen.
Kristin Chenoweth, with Se
Kristin Chenoweth, with Se

The actress, who also recently made her solo Carnegie Hall concert debut, has landed "a major recurring role" on "The West Wing." The Hollywood Reporter says that Chenoweth will play a media consultant on the long-running NBC series. Should the Emmy-winning drama return next season, the Tony winner has the option to return as well.

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.

The actress-singer also starred in the TV adaptations of "Annie" and "The Music Man" as well as in her own short-lived sitcom, "Kristin." Upcoming film projects include "The Pink Panther," "Bewitched" and the movie musical "Asphalt Beach." Chenoweth's solo albums include "Let Yourself Go" and the forthcoming "Songs I Grew Up On."

"The West Wing" begins its new season Oct. 20. The series about the President of the United States and his advisers airs Wednesdays on NBC-TV, 9-10 PM ET. Check local listings.

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