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Chenoweth to Star in "Legally Mad," New Kelley Drama
Kristin Chenoweth has been tapped to star in NBC's David E. Kelley legal drama. In "Legally Mad," Chenoweth will play Skippy Pylon, a cheerful and brilliant Chicago attorney who exhibits flashes of psychosis and enjoys being mistaken for a teenager. "I've wanted to work with her for a long time and can't wait to reveal her as someone who's completely mad," said Kelley, creator of "Ally McBeal" and "Boston Legal." The series marks a quick return to primetime for Chenoweth, who starred in ABC's critically acclaimed but short-lived "Pushing Daisies," for which she received an Emmy nomination. The Tony winner will voice the role of science teacher Miracle Grohe in the new animated comedy "Sit Down, Shut Up," to air on the Fox network. Chenoweth played Annabeth Schott on "The West Wing," Marion the librarian in ABC's movie version of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man;" Lily St. Regis in the television adaptation of "Annie"; and Mrs. Noodle on "Sesame Street." Chenoweth also starred in her own series, "Kristin," for NBC. Her latest recording, “A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas,” has earned the highest sales and chart ranking in her recording career, according to Sony Masterworks. The album holds the top position on Billboard's Heat Seekers - Top New Artist Chart and continues to climb Billboard's Seasonal and Top 200 Charts. She performed "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and "What Child Is This?" on TNT's 2008 “Christmas In Washington” special. On Dec. 15, tickets went on sale for “A Gala Evening with Kristin Chenoweth,” to benefit New York City Center. Tickets for the May 11 are available from (212) 581-1212. Gala tickets, including the show and dinner at the Plaza Hotel, may be purchased from (212) 763-1205. She is a Tony Award winner for "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown," and Tony Award nominee for originating the role of Glinda in "Wicked." She currently is co-starring in the Warner Bros. film "Four Christmases," and is the voice of the fairy Rosetta in Walt Disney Pictures’ new version of "Tinkerbell." She recently wrapped the independent film, "Into Temptation," directed by Sundance filmmaker Patrick Coyle, and last summer co-starred with Cheryl Hines and Jeff Daniels in the animated film "Space Chimps" for Twentieth Century Fox. Other recent movies include "Deck the Halls" with Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick, "RV" with Robin Williams, "Bewitched" with Nicole Kidman, "Running with Scissors" with Annette Bening, "The Pink Panther" with Steve Martin, and a cameo in "Stranger Than Fiction" with Emma Thompson. She is developing a feature film based on the life of Dusty Springfield. Chenoweth has sold out at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Washington National Opera's 50th Anniversary Gala with Placido Domingo. She has collaborated with symphonies includeing the Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. She also performed "Candide" at Lincoln Center with The New York Philharmonic. Her two previous Sony albums were "Let Yourself Go" and "As I Am." A book chronicling her life so far will be released by Simon & Schuster in spring 2009.