Kristin Chenoweth in Promises, Promises

QuaranTune #6: "A House Is Not a Home" from Promises, Promises

A show tune a day keeps the quarantine blues at bay...

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Today's "QuaranTune" comes to us from the one and only Kristin Chenoweth, who starred as Fran Kubelik in the 2010 Broadway revival of Promises, Promises at the Broadway Theatre.

The Tony Award winner starred alongside Tony nominee (and "Will & Grace" favorite) Sean Hayes in the production, which featured a book by Neil Simon and a score by Hal David and the legendary Burt Bacharach. Promises, Promises originally premiered on the Great White Way back in 1968, but for the 2010 revival, the song-writing duo added several of their popular hits from their extensive back catalogue for good measure. One of those hits is, of course, "A House Is Not a Home."

Originally recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1964 (and in a hit version by Luther Vandross in 1981), it has now been wholeheartedly adopted by Ms. Chenoweth since her starring role in Promises, Promises. She would even go on to reprise the song (as part of a medley with "One Less Bell to Answer") alongside Matthew Morrison on an episode of "Glee" which aired on Fox just two days after the official Opening Night of Promises, Promises on Broadway. And finally, she recorded her own rendition of the song on her 2016 studio album, "The Art of Elegance."

We are all spending a lot of extra time at home at the moment, so it's important to keep our homes a happy place. And just because... well, everyone needs a little Kristin Chenoweth in their lives right now... here she is...


We're not meant to live alone, Turn this house into a home, When I climb the stair and turn the key, Oh, please be there, still in love with me. (Fran Kubelik, Promises, Promises)


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