Broadway Scene Stealers: The Women

By Ben Rimalower
22 Aug 2013

Kristin Chenoweth
Photo by Carol Rosegg

6. Kristin Chenoweth, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Kristin Chenoweth was not yet a star when she was cast in her Tony-winning role of Sally in Michael Mayer's 1999 revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, but there was no question of her fate from the second she stepped foot onstage. Four feet eleven inches of pure stardust, Chenoweth radiates show-business charisma though her own unique prism of Southern charm, operatic verissimo and deeply committed daffiness. It was all synthesized ideally in the role of Sally Brown, who blew the roof off the Ambassador Theatre touting "My New Philosphy," and won the hearts of everyone lucky enough to witness the birth of a supernova.