Big Broadway news!!!
In part 2 of our exclusive two part chat with Kristin Chenoweth, the Wicked alum tells us about the surprising show she's doing next on the Great White Way, a different musical she's developing about Tammy Faye Baker, performing for Oprah's finale AND the Queen of England (both within the same week). Plus, we talk about some of our favorite musical theater people, Cheno shares a very sweet story about her and Perez from 6 years ago (the Coffee Bean days) and soooo much more!
Read some highlights of our talk after the jump!
Watch the interview in full above!!
Perez Hilton: You've done all this great TV work, but you've always found time to go back to do Broadway, which is awesome because some people after they have achieved great success on Broadway and then left and found great success outside of Broadway don't return to Broadway that often, but you do.
Kristen Chenoweth: And do, and I will continue as long as they let me, I will. The next thing I'm going to do I'm going to revive, here's a little scoop for you.
Perez Hilton: Yeah.
Kristen Chenoweth: I'm going to revive "On the Twentieth Century" which was one of Madeline Kahn's very famous –
Perez Hilton: It's a musical?
Kristen Chenoweth: Yes.
Perez Hilton: And another one.
Kristen Chenoweth: It's more operetta but it's comic. You don't know it because it hasn't been revived since I want to say like the '70's.
Perez Hilton: The '70's.
Kristen Chenoweth: And you're going to love it. It's hilarious, we did a reading of it just to kind of revisit it a few months ago, and it was great.
Kristen Chenoweth: It was first. I love her. And another piece of scoop for you since you mentioned her –
Perez Hilton: Yeah, Nancy or Betty?
Kristen Chenoweth: I love betty, but Nancy [Opel], and I just did a reading, and it's a little way, work, it needs some work, but we're working on it, the story of Tammy Faye Baker.
Perez Hilton: A musical?
Kristen Chenoweth: Um-hm.
Perez Hilton: Oh wow, that's, wow, now that just got me all wet and excited. Oh my god, because you know everybody knows her, and we can imagine something like that. And it's new, like brand-new.
Kristen Chenoweth: So what –
Perez Hilton: Who would be doing the music?
Kristen Chenoweth: [See above. EXCITING!!!!]
Perez Hilton: Oh my God, I love him!
Kristen Chenoweth: Yes.
Perez Hilton: [XXXX] is one of my favorite musicals. Have you seen that one?
Kristen Chenoweth: Are you kidding?
Perez Hilton: I saw it twice.
Kristen Chenoweth: I loved it.
Perez Hilton: I love it too.
Perez Hilton: Now in the last 12 months, you've done a lot of really cool things. One of the coolest I would say is you got to perform for Oprah on her big farewell episode. What — how did that happen? Her prod — she didn't know, it was all a surprise, and her producers contacted you and –
Kristen Chenoweth: They said, "We have an idea". And they told us about the idea, and they said, "But nobody can know." And that was hard. And at the same time, remember when Obama went over to London to do you know his meeting and dinners with the queen?
Perez Hilton: Yeah.
Kristen Chenoweth: I was asked to do a concert for her.
Perez Hilton: For the queen. Oh.
Kristen Chenoweth: So at the same, that same week I did the queen here in the United States, Oprah, and the Queen over there.
Perez Hilton: Wow.
Kristen Chenoweth: It was cray-cray. I'm still, I'm still did that happen? Someone showed the video, they were doing the behind the scenes.
Perez Hilton: Oh yeah, I love that show.
Kristen Chenoweth: Oh it's so good, right.
Perez Hilton: It's so good. Especially because I really — what I applaud is on the behind the scenes — we're dishing like old friends.
Kristen Chenoweth: I know.
Perez Hilton: On the behind the scenes I feel like Oprah is really letting you see the real her.
Kristen Chenoweth: She's no joke.
Perez Hilton: No. and I love it like you see her boozing. I'm like, Oprah likes a good, "Give me a Moscow Mule." Drink it up. And I love Oprah. I am an ophiast (phonetic), I am.
Kristen Chenoweth: So am I.
Kristen Chenoweth: But you watch that, and I cant help but think, all the people that work for her are so afraid of her. They're afraid they're going to get fired at any second.
Perez Hilton: You know but I have to say like did you see the one where she was signing checks for the surprise?
Kristen Chenoweth: Oh she looks at everything. I love that too.
Perez Hilton: She signs her own checks. And I thought, let that be a lesson to us all. Like you might be the biggest most big deal ever but make sure you still watch your dough and who gets it, and how it's being done. I know that we need to stop, but I wanted to just say one thing about you. I want to talk to him like he's not here for a second. When I first came to LA to do I think "West Wing", and I had just left "Wicked". We were at the Coffee Bean, and you were just kind of starting out, you were doing your blog.
Perez Hilton: I used to work out of the Coffee Bean everyday, because I didn't have internet access at home. So I would go in and sit there.
Kristen Chenoweth: You didn't have internet — you remember those days?
Perez Hilton: Oh yeah.
Kristen Chenoweth: And he's sitting in the corner, and everyday I would go in.
Perez Hilton: You would come in all the time, yeah.
Kristen Chenoweth: And I would see you –
Perez Hilton: And Diane Warren would be there too.
Kristen Chenoweth: Yes. She lives right by me. Yes, the regulars. So you're sitting in the corner, and you're doing my thing. And my dog [watch above].