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Chenoweth Featured in TV Movie, Underwood Special
Alumna Kristin Chenoweth is starring in the movie “12 Men of Christmas,” premiering 8 p.m. (Central time) Saturday, Dec. 5, on the Lifetime network. The romantic comedy, based on the novel “Decent Exposure” by Phillipa Ashley, features Chenoweth as a New York public relations expert who uses her media savvy to raise eyebrows and money in a small Montana town. In another holiday broadcast, Chenoweth will join fellow Oklahoman Carrie Underwood for her holiday special on Monday, Dec. 7. The two-hour variety show will be aired 7 p.m. (Central) on the Fox network. The new Joshua Bell CD, “At Home with Friends,” features a track with Chenoweth’s interpretation of “My Funny Valentine,” accompanied by Bell on violin. Her solo holiday album, “A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas,” was released last year by Sony. This spring, Chenoweth will return to Broadway in a revival of the musical "Promises, Promises," based on the Oscar-winning 1960 film "The Apartment." Previews are scheduled to begin March 28, with an opening set for April 25 at the Broadway Theatre. Chenoweth, who won an Emmy in September for her role in "Pushing Daisies," will play the role of Fran Kubelik, originated by Shirley MacLaine in the Billy Wilder film. Fellow Emmy winner Sean Hayes, who plays Jack McFarland in "Will & Grace," will take the part of Chuck Baxter, originally played by Jack Lemmon. Chenoweth, who studied voice at Oklahoma City University with Professor Florence Birdwell, earned her bachelor’s of music in vocal performance in 1991 and her master’s of music in 1993. Earlier this year, her autobiography, "A Little Bit Wicked," made the New York Times' bestseller list. She earned a Tony Award in 1999 for originating the role of Sally in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and a Tony nomination for “Wicked” in 2004. ??Other screen credits include "Four Christmases," "Into Temptation," "Kristin," "The West Wing," "The Music Man," "The Pink Panther," "Stranger Than Fiction," "Deck the Halls" and "Running with Scissors." ??She has three solo recordings from Sony: "Let Yourself Go," "As I Am" and "A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas."