Universal Theatrical Group is developing the new musical comedy based on Robert Zemeckis' 1992 film

By Nick Romano
December 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM EST
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Death becomes Kristin Chenoweth. A new stage adaptation of Death Becomes Her is in development, it was announced Wednesday, with the Wicked good actress from American Gods and Hairspray Live! set to star.

The Tony- and Emmy-winning actress will star as Madeline, a role originally played by Meryl Streep in the 1992 Robert Zemeckis film the show is based on.

Directed by Zemeckis and written by Martin Donovan and David Koepp, Death Becomes Her weaved a darkly comic tale of two rivals, played by Streep and Goldie Hawn, who drink a potion that promises eternal life but instead become walking corpses. The film won a best visual effects Oscar in 1993 and earned Streep a Golden Globe nomination.

The new musical comedy hails from the Universal Theatrical Group, which is also developing a Bee Gees stage musical.

Chenoweth’s credits span both stage (Wicked, Promises, Promises, and On the Twentieth Century) and screen (Pushing Daisies, Glee). She recently appeared as Easter in American Gods and as a guest star on Younger. In 2016, she hit the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York for My Love Letter to Broadway, a production EW praised for Chenoweth’s “sparkling soprano, massive stage presence, and killer comic timing.”

Death Becomes Her

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  • Robert Zemeckis

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