Entitled "Ellen the Musical," the broadcast will boast the talents of Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth and actor Jack Black. The episode, according to the talk show's official website, will be filled "with singing, dancing and laughter . . . That's right, for the first time [in] daytime history, a talk show becomes a musical."
Host DeGeneres will also welcome another Tony winner when former Boy From Oz star Hugh Jackman makes an appearance May 26. Jackman will be on hand to discuss his newest film "X-Men 3: The Last Stand."
Kristin Chenoweth, who received a Tony nomination for her work as Glinda in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked, has been seen on the New York stage in The Fantasticks, Scapin, Steel Pier, A New Brain, Epic Proportions, Strike Up the Band, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Apple Tree and Candide. The actress won her Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in the Broadway bow of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Chenoweth recently released her second solo recording, "As I Am" (Sony Classical), and her screen credits include "Kristin," "The West Wing," "The Music Man," "The Pink Panther," and "RV." Chenoweth's upcoming films include "Stranger Than Fiction" and "Running with Scissors."
Hugh Jackman received a Tony Award for his portrayal of the late Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz. He received an Olivier Award nomination for his work in the London revival of Oklahoma! and an MO Award for his performance as Joe Gillis in the Australian production of Sunset Boulevard. Jackman's film credits include "The X-Men," "Someone Like You," "Swordfish," "Kate and Leopold" (Golden Globe nomination) and "Van Helsing."
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airs in the metropolitan area on WNBC-TV, Channel 4 from 10-11 AM ET; check local listings. For more information visit http://ellen.warnerbros.com.