Kristin Chenoweth is set to star in a new comedy in development at Disney+ titled “The Biggest Star in Appleton,” a person close to production told TheWrap.
From screenwriter and playwright Paul Rudnick and producer Dan Jinks, “The Biggest Star In Appleton” stars Chenoweth as Carol Dannhauser, a Wisconsin mom, wife and waitress who, while devoted to her family, finds her deepest satisfaction in small town stardom at the local community theater. Her status is threatened when Tara Hubley, a struggling New York chorus girl, moves back home with dreams of her own.
Rudnick, Jinks and Chenoweth all executive produce, with 20th Century Fox TV attached as the studio. Chenoweth and Jinks previously worked together on “Pushing Daisies,” which Jinks produced and for which Chenoweth won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Olive Snook.
Rudnick and Jinks previously worked together on “I Shudder,” a dark comedy pilot for TV Land.
Chenoweth is also known for appearances on “Glee” as April Rhodes, on “The West Wing” as Annabeth Schott, as well as “The Good Wife,” “Frasier,” and “Bojack Horseman.” She’s been in films including “You Again” with Kristen Bell and Betty White, “Hairspray Live!” as Velma Von Tussle, the voice of Gabi in “Rio 2,” and “The Pink Panther,” and “Stranger Than Fiction.”
Deadline was first to report the news.