If you were on a gay cruise and a legendary Broadway diva didn’t perform a song from Wicked, you’d probably ask for your money back. So the news that Kristin Chenoweth was joined by Smash star Katharine McPhee for a high-seas duet from the show isn’t so much shocking as it is affirming.
On Vacaya’s inaugural LGBTQ+ cruise, Playbill reports that Chenoweth took the stage in a sparkling rainbow dress and delighted the crowd by bringing out the former American Idol contestant for a rendition of “For Good,” which Chenoweth originally sang with Idina Menzel when she originated the role of Glinda in the Broadway show. McPhee, who has appeared both on Broadway and London’s West End in Waitress, is certainly no Idina (or Shoshana Bean, Stephanie J Block, Eden Espinoza, Ana Gasteyer … I could go on), but she held her own admirably.
Chenoweth and McPhee singing “For Good” on a gay cruise is almost too on the nose, but a gig is a gig, honey. And after all, Chenoweth has an album to promote: next month she’ll release For the Girls, an homage to Chenoweth’s favorite female singers. The album will feature duets with Jennifer Hudson, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire … and Ariana Grande. That’s right, Chenoweth and the pop star will cover Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me,” a possible nod to Grande’s obsession with The First Wive’s Club. The album is out September 27.
Interesting that McPhee wasn’t tapped for a feature … what happens on a gay cruise stays on a gay cruise, apparently.