Latest Broadway, Off-Broadway & Regional Theater News

Tony Winner Kristen Chenoweth Reveals Debilitating Mystery Illness

Kristen Chenoweth, photographer her at a Broadway opening in April, revealed she's suffering from a mystery illness. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

Kristen Chenoweth, photographed here at a Broadway opening in April, revealed she’s suffering from a mystery illness. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

Kristen Chenoweth, the Tony-winning actress known for her roles in the hit Broadway musical Wicked and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, revealed that she is suffering from a debilitating illness that has left her virtually paralyzed.

Known for her energetic musical performances, Chenoweth, 46, revealed her condition yesterday (Aug. 4) on Twitter.

She wrote that she has been been stricken by what, so far, is a mystery illness.

“Back in la. Unable to move,” she tweeted. “Numbness and tingling in arm. Going to cedars dr tomorrow. Ah anyone who prays please do!”

Chenoweth followed up with a Tweet today revealing that she’s been examined and has undergone an MRI, an acronym for magnetic resonance imaging. An MRI can peer into the body and spot disease or neurological disorders.

“Waiting on MRI results,” she wrote. “No matter what I will be ok. Thanks… for praying and sending good vibes. #thinkingpositive.”

Chenoweth’s description of her symptoms could point to a number of afflictions. She could have had a stroke, or may be suffering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

The latter often begins with tingling and weakness, usually in the feet and legs, according to the Mayo Clinic, a renowned hospital.

The tingling can spread to the upper body and arms. As it progresses it can cause muscle weakens that evolves into paralysis.

“Guillain-Barre syndrome is a serious condition that requires immediate hospitalization because it can worsen rapidly,” according to the clinic.

The exact cause of the affliction is unknown. The disorder usually appears days or weeks after a respiratory or digestive tract infection. In rare cases, recent surgery or immunization can trigger it, according to the medical institution.

Chenoweth has had a long career in New York City theater going back to her role in the 1993 Paper Mill Playhouse production of the musical Animal Crackers.

In 1999, she joined the cast of Broadway revival You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She won the Tony, Drama Desk, Clarence Derwent and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Charlie Brown’s sister Sally.

Her work in television and movies is almost as extensive.

Follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest updates on her condition.


Subscribe To TheImproper's Email Newsletters, Free!