Death Becomes Her Musical, Starring Kristin Chenoweth in Meryl Streep Role, in the Works | Playbill

News Death Becomes Her Musical, Starring Kristin Chenoweth in Meryl Streep Role, in the Works The Tony and Emmy winner will star as the self-centered and age-obsessed Broadway star Madeline in a stage adaptation of the 1992 comedy.
Kristin Chenoweth and Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her Universal Pictures

Kristin Chenoweth has been tapped to take on one of Meryl Streep’s most iconic comedic roles (aptly, a Broadway star) for the stage. The Tony and Emmy winner is attached to play Madeline in a musical adaptation of Death Becomes Her from Universal Theatrical Group.

A spokesperson for Universal Theatrical Group confirmed there is no creative team—including a composer, book writer, or director—attached to the project at this time.

The 1992 comedy, written by David Koepp and Martin Donovan, depicts the rivalry of Broadway star Madeline and writer Helen (played on screen by Goldie Hawn). What begins as a feud over a man (while backstage at an absurd musical adaptation of Sweet Bird of Youth titled Songbird!) turns into a nightmare filled with tumbles down stairs, a youth-preserving potion, and gaping stomachs.

Chenoweth last appeared on the Broadway stage in 2016 in her solo concert, My Love Letter to Broadway. The year prior, she earned a Tony nomination for her leading performance in On the Twentieth Century. Her additional stage credits include Wicked, Promises, Promises, and a Tony-winning turn in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She is known on screen for Pushing Daisies (for which she earned an Emmy), Glee, GCB, and, most recently, American Gods.

UTG is currently represented on Broadway with the long-running Wicked; their additional titles include the musical adaptations of Billy Elliot, Bring It On, and Holiday Inn.

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