According to Murphy, Chenoweth will perform the original song "It's 10 AM, I'm Drunk" when her character, washed-up former glee-club star April Rhodes, returns following a failed all-white production of The Wiz. The March 15 episode of "Glee" featured several original songs, in a first for a series known for covering show tunes and pop music.
"Glee" is currently on hiatus until April. The first new episode after its hiatus will feature Broadway veteran Cheyenne Jackson in an encore appearance as Dustin Goolsby, the music director of rival glee group Vocal Adrenaline. Goolsby, Sandy Ryerson (stage veteran Stephen Tobolowsky) and Terri Schuester (Jessalyn Gilsig) will form Sue Sylvester's (Jane Lynch) "Legion of Doom" to antagonize New Directions in the race toward nationals.
Murphy told TV Line that pop star Charice will also return as Vocal Adrenaline star Sunshine Corazon, who in an earlier appearance this season attended McKinley High and was a vocal rival for Rachel (Broadway's Lea Michele).
In addition, Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow will reprise her role of free-spirited substitute teacher Holly Holliday, who is now in a romantic relationship with Will Schuester (Tony nominee Matthew Morrison), later this season. Murphy called her "sort of the muse of the show" and said that plans are in place for her to return again in the series' third season.
In other "Glee" news, the series has gained the rights to devote an episode to the Fleetwood Mac album "Rumors," and gay love interests Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) will attend their school's prom together later in the season. The current season will continue to deal with the love triangle between Rachel, Finn (Cory Monteith) and Quinn (Dianna Agron), and Mercedes (Amber Riley) will also get a love interest. Santana's (Naya Rivera) conflict over her sexuality and feelings for Brittany (Heather Morris) will also be explored.
"Glee" airs Tuesdays at 8 PM ET on Fox. The next new episode will air April 12.