Wicked's Chenoweth to Star in New Movie Musical "Asphalt Beach"

News   Wicked's Chenoweth to Star in New Movie Musical "Asphalt Beach" Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth has landed her first major feature-film role.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Chenoweth — currently on Broadway in the hit musical Wicked — will have a lead role in a new movie musical helmed by Peter Spears. Titled "Asphalt Beach," the motion picture is described as "being in the spirit of Hairspray and Grease." Similar to the Wicked storyline, the feature film concerns two girls whose paths cross at school. The young women are from different ends of the social spectrum; Chenoweth, of course, will play the "spoiled rich girl."

Kristin Chenoweth, who won a Tony Award for her performance in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, 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. 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 was also featured in the TV production of Meredith Willson's The Music Man.