Kristin Chenoweth, who is to receive the Goodspeed Award for outstanding contribution to musical theater, will not be attending Saturday's gala fund-raising event for Goodspeed Musicals.
A Goodspeed spokesman says the Chenoweth (Broadway's "Wicked," "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Promises, Promises," "The Apple Tree," "Steel Pier") is still recovering from an accident she sustained while on the set of the TV series"The Good Wife."
Alan Cumming (Broadway's "Cabaret," films "X2: X-Men United," "Spy Kids", and TV's "The Good Wife") will accept the award on behalf of the Tony Award-winning actress.
Also on hand for the event will be composer Andrew Lippa(Broadway's "The Addams Family", off-Broadway's "The Wild Party"). Lippa was assistant musical director at Goodspeed years ago. His musical "jon and jen" played Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre in Chester.
They will be joined by Goodspeed alums Kirsten Wyat t(Gooch in Goodspeed’s "Mame") and Khris Lewin (Goodspeed’s "My One and Only.")
The Tony Award-winning Chenoweth was in the 1995 production of "Strike Up the Band" at Goodspeed Opera House.
The event will be held at The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, 55 Bridge Road in Haddam, across the river from the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam.
Chenoweth was injured last month when a gust of wind knocked over lighting equipment, which hit her and knocked her down. She'd been filming an episode of "The Good Wife," which stars Julianna Margulies.
Chenoweth will be in a recurring role in the series this season, playing a political reporter eager to dig into the business of the Florrick marriage and campaign. She was also one of the stars in the recently axed TV ABC series, "GCB." Her previous TV series was "Pushing Daisies."
"That area is a vortex for wind ... and a big gust of wind blew the lighting off the scaffolding," a witness told TMZ. The actress was hit "square in the head," the witness said.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has also announced an event Chenoweth was set to host is on hold.
"An Intimate Evening with Carol Burnett,' which was scheduled for July 26 and whiuch Chenoweth was to have hoisted, is postponed to a later date.
Also honored at the Goodspeed gala is the Hoffman Auto Group, longtime sponsors for the theater.
Previous Goodspeed Gala honorees include Julie Andrews, Martin Charnin, Ira Gershwin, Jerry Herman, William Ivey Long, Thomas Meehan, Michael P. Price, Gerald Schoenfeld, Stephen Schwartz, Susan Stroman, Charles Strouse, Tommy Tune and Paul Williams
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