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Emmy nominee Kristen Chenoweth would love to be Wicked

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 19th 2008 5:24PM
K ChenowethA few thoughts about Kristin Chenoweth, if you don't mind. First, congratulations to the Pushing Daisies' actress --she plays Olive -- for snagging an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. And kudos for the effervescent and spontaneous adlibs and asides she and Neil Patrick Harris -- another favorite of mine -- brought to the reading of the nominations Thursday morning.

So often the reading of the nominations is as dull as dishwater, like the stars doing the announcing are simply trying to get through it without tripping over their tongues. Not so with Chenoweth and Harris; they were delightful together and added a kick to the nomination announcement.

Now, about Wicked. When I interviewed Kristin in June, she admitted that she would love to play Glinda in the film version of the hit Broadway musical which is now touring the world. Unfortunately, she feared that it would take ten years before Universal would be ready to make the film, citing how long it took The Phantom of the Opera and Rent to reach movie houses. "I'm afraid they're going to run and run and run Wicked until the get every penny from the road companies," she said.

This week, however, Universal Pictures production president Donna Langley talked about Wicked and producer Marc Platt. "Marc has strong commercial tastes, but so eclectic that you can't put him in a box or category. Our goal now is absolutely to make the Wicked film, but...Marc and [composer] Stephen Schwartz are very mindful of the right timing. But we're dying to do it."

The problem for Kristin Chenoweth isn't getting out of her Pushing Daisies' duties to make a film, it's that Wicked is making a fortune for Universal. It's brought in $1 billion (yeah, billion!) worldwide on stage, with many other actresses playing Glinda, the Good Witch. I'm thinking that Universal will assume that when the time comes, they won't need Chenoweth -- or Idina Menzel as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West -- like producers didn't think they needed Michael Crawford for Phantom. They were wrong.

Meanwhile, Chenoweth is busy with Pushing Daisies and thrilled with the Emmy nomination, her first. "It was a total shock. I talked to my mom, and she was crying and really proud. She's been getting a lot of phone calls in Oklahoma."
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As much as I like Kristen, Dianne Pilkington is sooo great in her role of Glinda. Check her in London, AWESOME.

July 20 2008 at 6:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As much as I love Chenoweth, I think her age (and Menzel's) would hinder the film more than help it. In the musical, Galinda and Elphaba are in their 20s, and even though stage makeup and lighting forgive a lot...in movies not so much.

The producers should take the cue from "Hairspray" and hire unknowns.

July 20 2008 at 12:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've not seen the stage production of "Wicked". If all went well and they could get the ball rolling on pre-production of the film Chenoweth would be perfect to get the film role of the character she was on the stage now that she's not just a stage actor anymore but a visual medium one of television. "Pushing Daisies" fans love her on the show, and would probobly go see "Wicked" even if they haven't seen the stage production, much like myself, simply because Olive is leading the film's cast.

July 19 2008 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I still can't believe Leonides was the Phantom.

July 19 2008 at 7:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love that she got the emmy nom, but I think the best KC news of the week is her being back together with Aaron Sorkin!

July 19 2008 at 5:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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