Kristin Chenoweth juggles dual roles as Tonys co-host, nominee

Wed May 6, 2015 2:05pm EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kristin Chenoweth, star of the Broadway musical "On the Twentieth Century," will juggle two roles during the Tony Awards as a co-host and a nervous nominee for theater's biggest honors but what she wants most is for her show to win this year.

Chenoweth, 46, won a Tony in 1999 for her role in the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" but has never been in a Tony-winning show in her nearly 20-year career on Broadway.

"On the Twentieth Century," a madcap 1930s comedy that takes place on a luxury train traveling from Chicago to New York, has been nominated for five Tony awards.

They include a nod for best revival of a musical and best actress for Chenoweth as temperamental Hollywood star Lily Garland, opposite Peter Gallagher who plays her former love, the bankrupt producer Oscar Jaffee.

"I've always wanted to be in a show that wins a Tony," Chenoweth said during an interview. "I'm going for the gold with this one."

In the musical, Oscar tries to convince Lily to return to the stage, and him, to salvage his floundering career.

Chenoweth's powerhouse voice belies her thin, petite frame as she belts out a range of songs in a role that one critic said was tailor-made for her talent and skills.

With her role as co-host and nominee announced only a week ago, Chenoweth is still adjusting to being cited and co-hosting with actor Alan Cumming. The show will be broadcast live by CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York on June 7.   Continued...

Actress Kristin Chenoweth attends the 2015 Tony Awards ' Meet the Nominees Press Junket' in New York, April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz