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Hayden Thomas interviews Kristin Chenoweth


On The Twentieth Century

Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth

As we head into the final two weeks of the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival production of On The Twentieth Century at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre, our reporter Hayden Thomas (Twitter: @WestEndReporter) took the opportunity to grab a quick word with the show's leading lady (and his favourite Broadway Babe) - Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth.

Read on to find out about Kristin's thoughts on hosting this year's Tony Awards and whether she would like to repeat those duties. Would she consider a West End debut and what are her dream stage roles for the future?

Hayden Thomas: Congratulations Kristin on both an outstanding performance in On The Twentieth Century and for being 'The hostess with the mostest' at the Tony Awards this year! You were absolutely hilarious in both! How was the whole experience for you being in a Broadway show eight times a week and simultaneously taking on co-hosting duties for the Tony Awards?

Kristin Chenoweth: Hard as hell! Busiest Iíve ever been! Donít know if I could ever do it again, but SO glad I did it! Because Twentieth Century is the hardest role Iíve ever had, so doing that 8 times a week as an operetta, with rehearsing, writing, learning for the Tonys was exhaustive! And as you can imagine NO LIFE... but so worth it.

HT: I think I would have been on the verge of a nervous breakdown! Would you like to host the Tonys again at some point in the future?

KC: Sure, Iíd love to, if Iím not on Broadway at the same time. I would only do it with Alan [Cumming] again, thatís the only way I would do it.

HT: Have you got any plans to return to Broadway after On the Twentieth Century closes on 19th July?

KC: I'd have to really think about that.


Kristin Chenoweth in On The Twentieth Century
(Photo by Joan Marcus)

HT: What would your future dream theatrical project be?

KC: Tammy Faye Bakker, Soap Dish and Hello Dolly.

HT: It's good to hear there a still a few irons in that Broadway fire! I saw you in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London and it was a dream come true for me. I was invited as a critic and I gave you a well-deserved six stars (out of five!) Was it always a dream of yours to play that iconic venue?

KC: It was always a dream, and that night artistically remains at the top of my list. What a crowd! What a welcome! I loved it.


HT: Would you ever consider returning to London and making a West End debut? (Pleeeeeeaaaaaaase!...)

KC: I'm considering it now, yes.

HT: What's your favorite memory of being in London (besides the Royal Albert Hall experience)?

KC: One of my favorite memories was having the opportunity to perform for your Queen on behalf of the United States at the State Department dinner. Getting to meet her and the Royal family was very special and remains one that is close to my heart.

HT: I'm sure Her Highness was well amused. Finally, I'd like to say a big thank you for squeezing this interview in, Kristin. You are my 'Broadway Babe,' but who is your Broadway babe?

KC: Thank you for letting me be your 'Broadway Babe,' I love it, Iím honored. My 'Broadway Babe' is now and forever more Bernadette Peters.


Kristin Chenoweth & Peter Gallagher
in On The Twentieth Century
(Photo by Joan Marcus)

On The Twentieth Century is booking through to 19 July 2015 at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre.

- Edited by Tom Millward

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