“On the Twentieth Century” has been pegged for a Broadway revival, and Kristin Chenoweth is rumored to be performing in this decadent, posh tale of drama, death and the pursuit of style. First premiering in 1978, “On the Twentieth Century” ran for well over 400 shows at the St. James Theater on Broadway. The celebrated production won five Tony awards and was later reconfigured for a national tour.
Chenoweth’s esteemed Broadway laurels should help propel this production to the forefront of New York theater hype. Although “revivals” such as “Twentieth” now occur with increasing frequency, many producers deliberately inject celebrity figures into their castings to ensure a boost in ticket sales. Chenoweth hasn’t obtained the level of general popularity that someone such as Daniel Radcliffe has, but the renown she has won for herself through her performances in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” her Emmy-nominated role in “Pushing Daises” and her work creating the role of Glinda in “Wicked” has been impressive enough to nurture and sustain a substantive fan base.
Chenoweth’s career as an actress has recently been complemented by her forays as a writer and author. In 2009, she penned a memoir, “A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages,” that remained on The New York Times Best Seller List for over two weeks upon its release.
Although no official debut plans or dates have been announced, it was confirmed that Chenoweth has undertaken a reading of production with the Roundabout Theatre Company. The unofficial performance also include Hollywood A-list celebrity Hugh Jackman and veteran stage and screen actress Andrea Martin.