Tony Winner Kristin Chenoweth Would Like to Play Two Major Jerry Herman Roles

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Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth, whose new TV series, "GCB," debuts March 4, would like to star in two of Jerry Herman's most famous musicals.

Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth

Chenoweth posted on Twitter March 1, "Roles I wanna play before I die: Mame (with @nickjonas as young Patrick) and Dolly. In Hello Dolly. In about ten years."

Mame, based on Patrick Dennis' novel "Auntie Mame," features a score by Herman and a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. The original Broadway production opened in May 1966 at the Winter Garden Theatre with Angela Lansbury as Mame and Bea Arthur as Vera Charles. Both Lansbury and Arthur won Tony Awards for their work. A subsequent film version cast Lucille Ball as the vivacious Mame. The classic Herman score includes such tunes as "If He Walked Into My Life," "It's Today," "Open a New Window," "Mame," "Bosom Buddies" and "We Need a Little Christmas."

Inspired by Thornton Wilder's comedy The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! has music and lyrics by Herman and a book by Michael Stewart. In 1964, it won the Tony Award as Best Musical, plus nine other Tonys.

Chenoweth won the Tony Award in 1999 for her performance in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. She was nominated in 2004 for her performance in Wicked and has also been seen on Broadway in Steel Pier, Epic Proportions, The Apple Tree and Promises, Promises. The actress is also known for her film and television work and will soon be seen in the new ABC series "GCB." 

Her new CD, "Some Lessons Learned," arrived Sept. 13, 2011, on the Sony Masterworks label.

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