Tony Award Winner To Join 'West Wing' Cast

Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth is stepping off the Broadway stage and into “The West Wing.”
Chenoweth has signed on to a recurring role in the NBC series, where she’ll play a media consultant. The part comes with an option for next season, should the Emmy-winning show return, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Just who her character will be working for isn’t clear yet. As “The West Wing” nears the end of Jed Bartlet’s (Martin Sheen) presidency, it’s introducing two characters this season — played by Alan Alda and Jimmy Smits — who are aiming to win the White House.

The role also marks a return to NBC for Chenoweth. She starred in the network’s short-lived sitcom “Kristin” in 2001.

Chenoweth won a Tony Award in 1999 for her role as Sally in the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and was nominated this year for playing Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked.” Her other credits include ABC’s production of “The Music Man” last year and the upcoming feature “Bewitched,” based on the 1960s TV series and starring Nicole Kidman.

“The West Wing” begins its sixth season Wednesday, Oct. 20.

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