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Kristin Chenoweth Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth comes to the Citi Wang Theatre on Friday. (handout)
By Hayley Kaufman
Globe Staff / December 17, 2009

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If you thought you were running yourself ragged this holiday season, consider Kristin Chenoweth. A few months ago, during her Emmy acceptance speech for her work on the now-canceled series “Pushing Daisies,’’ Chenoweth joked that she was unemployed. Hardly. She just wrapped up a stint in the off-Broadway hit “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,’’ she played an adorably boozy high school dropout on “Glee,’’ and, tomorrow, the Tony-winning soprano comes to the Citi Wang Theatre as part of a tour with Il Divo.

Q. We’re doing this interview via e-mail because you’re resting your voice. Is this the toughest time of year for you when it comes to performing?

A. Let me tell you. I have been under the weather since just before the Emmys. I actually never got to celebrate my win because I was so sick! So yes, I am trying to talk as little as possible since I just got done with an off-Broadway show and this week I have four concerts with Il Divo.

Q. Your appearance on “Glee’’ was fantastic, and savvy, as it gave you a chance to connect with a whole new audience.

A. I loved being on “Glee.’’ Ryan Murphy is a genius, and his team really gave me a gift with this part. April Rhodes is so unlike any character I’ve ever played, I had a total blast. The show is so creative and the kids are so welcoming and have a great energy. . . . I am excited about being a part of this special show and can’t wait to go back to shoot another episode in January.

Q. The speech you gave after winning your Emmy for “Pushing Daisies’’ got so much buzz. Besides being on “Mad Men,’’ as you suggested, are there dream roles out there that you’d love to have?

A. Well for TV, I LOVE “24’’ and any sort of action shows. “Lost’’ is another favorite. I am also dying, literally, to be in a horror film. No one takes me seriously, though. I will die in the first scene like Drew Barrymore in “Scream’’ - just let me do one! As for dream roles on stage, I have been so fortunate to be in some very special shows, among them, “Wicked’’ and “The Apple Tree,’’ but I would love to do my own version of Eliza Doolittle or “She Loves Me.’’

Q. What will we hear in your performance with Il Divo?

A. Well I am so thrilled to be singing with the boys from Il Divo. They have a very special night planned. The audience can plan on hearing some selections from my Christmas album, “A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas,’’ and a couple of my favorites.

Q. It was recently announced that you’re going to star as Fran Kubelik in the revival of “Promises, Promises’’ on Broadway this spring. You first played the role when you were a teenager.

A. I am over the moon with excitement to return to Broadway and star with Sean Hayes in this! I can’t wait to work with Neil Simon and Burt Bacharach on some fresh ideas. . . . It has never been revived, so I am honored to be a part of it and think that audiences are going to enjoy the story and the music. I love being on stage; there is nothing like a live audience every night to give you the best natural high in the world.

Interview has been edited and condensed.


With special guests Kristin Chenoweth

and Anne Akiko Meyers

At: Citi Wang Theatre, tomorrow at 8 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$149.50. 866-348-9738,

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