Kristin Chenoweth Hopes to Bring More 'Hot Mess' to 'Glee'; Talks Country Album
There's something about Kristin Chenoweth and playing hot messes. If you needed any reminder, just take a look at her role as alcoholic singer April Rhodes on "Glee," who memorably spent last season trying to get her one-woman musical to Broadway.
"I don't know if April is going to get to come back. Obviously, I would love to," says Chenoweth, on reprising her role, in an interview with Billboard.com. "We want to see [April] do her thing. She's a hot mess and she's fun to watch. She's a complete train wreck, but loveable and that's such a great character for anybody to play."
As for the "Glee" fans wanting to know if April will get her big stage opportunity? Unfortunately, Chenoweth's in the dark on this one. "I'd like to know it too!" she says with a laugh. "I'd love to see her make her Broadway dreams come true."
Chenoweth also spoke excitedly about the upcoming season. "I can't wait to see what Ryan Murphy has up his sleeve. I know he's so busy, but he's so talented and his staff of writers is so incredible. I can't wait to see what music he puts on. One of the things 'Glee''s done is making all music accessible to the world. And I mean all kinds. In one episode, I did a country song, a Broadway song, and Heart from the 70's. I can't wait to see where he goes musically."
She added that she "wouldn't hate it" if Murphy gave her a Dolly Parton song to cover in the future.
Yet on her new album, "Some Lessons Learned," released Sept. 13, Chenoweth made sure to include a Dolly cover on the album, which she says was inspired by the music she grew up on.
"I have been lucky to get to do all different kinds of music. This is kind of how I grew up singing. I wanted to put some music out there that would be more accessible. I love classical music and inspirational music and Christmas music, but this is totally how I grew up," she says of the country-pop album produced by Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Kiss). "In the studio [Ezrin] got stuff out of me that I never really had. I did the whole thing in Nashville and I loved it there and I love the people. It reminded me of home, so much. I'm really proud of it. I'm really happy with it."
Famous for playing Glinda in the musical "Wicked" (another hot mess, says Chenoweth), the Oklahoma native acknowledged the intimidating and daunting task of plunging into the music world.
"This isn't how I'm known so even though it's me, it's obviously daunting and exciting all at the same," she says of the project that features Diane Warren, Desmond Child, and herself on writing credits. "I've been wanting to do this my whole life. I've just been waiting and waiting and waiting and now the day is here. I just want to celebrate."
That celebration comes in the form of several tracks that Chenoweth holds near. Touching on a wide range of subject she notes "I Was Here" ("about making your mark," she describes), "God and Me," ("heartbreaking, about questioning God"), and the personal standout "Fathers and Daughters" ("simply about a relationship between father and daughter. Anybody that is a dad or a daughter knows how special that relationship can be. I have a great relationship with my dad. That one speaks to me on a big time personal level").
With tour dates coming "in a month or two," it won't be long before fans will get to see the Emmy and Tony winner singing around the country. In the meantime, fans can look forward to Chenoweth's upcoming ABC television show "Good Christian Belles," filming now. Originally titled "Good Christian Bitches," it seems like the hot mess tag isn't too far from Chenoweth once again. We couldn't be happier.
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