There’s not much in the way of down time for Kristin Chenoweth. The indefatiguable Tony and Emmy-winning performer will segue from ABC’s March 4-debuting “G.C.B.” back to her beloved stage. “I’m going on tour in May and June. I’ll be all over theUnited States and Europe,” she reports. “It will be everything I do: dancing, singing, opera, musical theater, country, original — all of it.”
First, come Feb. 6, she’s being honored by New York’s Drama League with an all-star musical tribute including such names as Joel Grey, Donna Murphy, Cheyenne Jackson, Marlo Thomas and Elaine Paige.
Chenoweth has been busy beating the promotional drums for the wild new “G.C.B.” series, in which she plays the leader of a pack of Dallas socialites who are none too happy about the return of former high school mean girl Leslie Bibb into their midst. Her lines include the notorious “Cleavage makes your cross hang straight.” She was on hand for this month’s Television Critics Association press tour session in which the “G.C.B.” producers and cast repeatedly insisted that the show does not and will not do any Christian-bashing.
“What we’ve discovered about this show is, it’s an all-out comedy. They can use that word ‘dramedy,’ but it’s just fun,” she said in a chat after the panel session was over. Chenoweth hopes to continue in the vein of the funny ladies of whom she’s a fan: “Madeline Kahn, Sally Field — those are the women who inspired me.”
AND: Wow, NBC’s “Smash” is getting a lot of help from people on other networks. We mentioned yesterday that “Glee’s” Matthew Morrison is giving a big thumbs-up to the upcoming drama-with-music that takes place in the Broadway world. Chenoweth is also cheering for that highly-touted brainchild of Steven Spielberg. She loved the pilot, she says. Plus, “I know practically all the people in it and the producers are like my best friends, and (director) Michael Mayer obviously was great to me in (ital.) You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (end ital.), which I won the Tony for,” she notes. “So, I obviously want it to do well, because it’s my people.”
She adds, “Katharine McPhee is pretty special. And Megan Hilty — I just met her twice, and I just loved her. I thought she was perfect for it.”
Chenoweth is mentioned in the “Smash” opener. Might she guest star sometime? She gives one of her signature arched-brow looks, and purrs. “You never know.”