If you haven't had a chance to see a major reason why Kristin Chenoweth earned a Tony Award nomination this year for her performance in Broadway's "On the Twentieth Century," we've got you covered.
In an exclusive to TODAY.com, the Tony- and Emmy-winning actress lets loose as '30s Hollywood actress Lily Garland to perform the song "Veronique." The musical number opens as a flashback to show how Garland transformed from her pre-stardom days, when she went by the name Mildred Plotka, into the star she became.
"On the Twentieth Century" will be up for five Tonys, including best musical revival, at this Sunday's ceremony — which Chenoweth is co-hosting with actor Alan Cumming. The musical's plot revolves around a train ride shared by a bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffe (Peter Gallagher) and Garland, whom Jaffe is begging to star in his latest production, which — whoops! — does not yet exist.
A 2009 Emmy winner for her work on "Pushing Daisies," Chenoweth won a Tony a decade earlier for playing Sally in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." The "West Wing" ensemble actress and "Glee" guest star also had memorable Broadway turns in "Wicked," "Steel Pier" and "Promises, Promises," among others.
This year, Chenoweth is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, with Leanne Cope ("An American in Paris"), Beth Malone ("Fun Home"), Kelli O'Hara ("The King and I"), and Chita Rivera ("The Visit") rounding out the field.
"On the Twentieth Century" continues its run at New York City's Roundabout Theatre through July 19.
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