She played movie star Lily Garland in a Roundabout Theatre Company reading of the Tony Award-winning show by composer Cy Coleman and lyricist-librettists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Hugh Jackman and Andrea Martin were also in the reading, it was reported, respectively playing producer Oscar Jaffe (Lily's old flame, hoping to revive his career by signing her to a play) and Letitia Primrose, a wealthy investor (and religious zealot) who promises to back their show.
"The next thing I do on Broadway will be On the Twentieth Century — I'm going to revive that show," Chenoweth said on her Sept. 13 appearance on the talk show "The View," on which she was promoting her new CD "Some Lessons Learned."
Chenoweth, star of TV's "The West Wing," "Pushing Daisies" and the upcoming series "GCB," won her Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She originated the role of Glinda in Wicked and starred in Roundabout's revival of The Apple Tree.
A Roundabout spokesperson confirmed that Chenoweth had done a reading On the Twentieth Century, and said that Roundabout hopes to produce the show in the future. No official plans have been announced.
In 2005, On the Twentieth Century was presented as the fifth annual benefit concert for the Actors Fund of America, at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Marin Mazzie and Douglas Sills co-starred.
Mazzie portrayed Lily Garland in the one-night-only benefit concert with Sills as Oscar Jaffe.