Sunday, January 16, 2005

New Album from Wicked's Chenoweth Due in April

This is good news...Kristen Chenoweth is releasing her second album. It's great to see Broadway stars making the transition to popular music. She has an amazing soprano...the uniqueness of her voice led Stephen Schwartz to custom write the part of Glinda in Wicked for her. Too bad she and Idina Menzel couldn't get along.

I saw them both in Wicked on Broadway and it was a wonderful experience. But you could feel the tension between the two actresses on the stage. I would love to know what was going through Kristen's head when Idina beat her out for the Tony. Ah, Broadway.

Anyway, still some great memories, and everyone's moving on now. Life goes on.

"The second solo recording from Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth is due in stores in April. Chenoweth, most recently on Broadway in Wicked, will sing a tune from the new CD — Diane Warren's "Borrowed Angels" — at a non-televised event for President and Laura Bush the day before the President's Inauguration.

A spokesperson for the actress told Playbill On-Line that the still-untitled disc will be released April 5 on the Sony/Integrity label.

About her upcoming record, Chenoweth had previously told Playbill On-Line, "It's going to be [called] something like 'Songs I Grew Up On.' It's an inspirational record. There will be a couple of Jesus songs on there," Chenoweth laughed at the time, "but mainly it's for anyone who just wants to be uplifted." Among the other songs to be featured on the disc are Faith Hill's "It Will Be Me" and what has become a signature tune for the performer, Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich's "Taylor, the Latte Boy."

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