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Chenoweth to Return to Broadway in "Promises, Promises"
Alumna Kristin Chenoweth will return to Broadway in a revival of the musical "Promises, Promises," based on the Oscar-winning 1960 film "The Apartment." Previews are scheduled to begin March 28, with an opening set for April 25 at the Broadway Theatre.
Chenoweth, who won an Emmy in September for her role in "Pushing Daisies," will play the role of Fran Kubelik, originated by Shirley MacLaine in the Billy Wilder film. Fellow Emmy-winner Sean Hayes, who plays Jack McFarland in "Will & Grace," will take the part of Chuck Baxter, originally played by Jack Lemmon.
"Promises, Promises" debuted on Broadway in 1968, starring Jerry Orbach and Jill O'Hara. The musical features a book by Neil Simon and songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It originated the pop hits "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" and "Promises, Promises."
The revival will be staged by choreographer Rob Ashford, in his Broadway directorial debut.
Chenoweth, who studied voice at Oklahoma City University with Professor Florence Birdwell, earned her bachelor’s of music in vocal performance in 1991 and her master’s of music in 1993. Earlier this year, her autobiography, "A Little Bit Wicked," made the New York Times' bestseller list.
Chenoweth also received an Emmy nomination in 2008. She earned a Tony Award in 1999 for originating the role of Sally in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and a Tony nomination for “Wicked” in 2004.
Other screen credits include "Four Christmases," "Into Temptation," "Kristin," "The West Wing," "The Music Man," "The Pink Panther," "Stranger Than Fiction," "Deck the Halls" and "Running with Scissors."
She has three solo recordings from Sony: "Let Yourself Go," "As I Am" and "A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas."