Stephen DeRosa, Greg Hildreth, More Join Upcoming World Premiere Stephen Schwartz Musical The Queen of Versailles | Playbill

Regional News Stephen DeRosa, Greg Hildreth, More Join Upcoming World Premiere Stephen Schwartz Musical The Queen of Versailles

Kristin Chenoweth, Melody Butiu, and Nina White will lead the Boston premiere of the new musical.

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The upcoming world premiere of Stephen Schwartz's musical The Queen of Versailles has revealed complete casting, along with a performance extension. The production is set to begin at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre July 16 and will now run through August 25.

Newly joining the cast are Stephen DeRosa (Little Shop of Horrors) as John, Greg Hildreth (Company) as Gary, Tatum Grace Hopkins as Jonquil, and Tony nominee Isabel Keating (The Boy from Oz) as Debbie. The ensemble will comprise Anna Bakun, Stacie Bono, Yeman Brown, Amanda Jane Cooper, David Aron Damane, Drew Elhamalawy, Sara Esty, KJ Hippensteel, Diana Huey, Cassondra James, Andrew Kober, Jesse Kovarsky, Pablo David Laucerica, Travis Murad Leland, Michael Mulheren, Michael McCorry Rose, and Grace Slear.

They join the previously announced Kristin Chenoweth as Jacqueline "Jackie" Siegel, F. Murray Abraham as David Siegel, Here Lies Love’s Melody Butiu as Sofia Flores, and Kimberly Akimbo’s Nina White as Victoria Siegel. Casting is by C12 Casting.

The new musical is based on the 2012 documentary of the same name, centered on socialite and beauty queen Jacqueline "Jackie" Siegel. Lindsey Ferrentino (Ugly Lies the Bone, Amy and the Orphans) penned the book, and Tony winner Michael Arden (Parade, Once on This Island) will direct.

The production will also feature choreography by Lauren Yalango-Grant and Christopher Cree Grant (Parade), music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Some Like It Hot), scenic design by Dane Laffrey (Parade), costume design by fashion designer Christian Cowan, lighting design by Natasha Katz (Sweeney Todd), and sound design by Peter Hylenski (Beetlejuice). Clarissa Marie Ligon will be production stage manager, and Justin Scribner will serve as production supervisor.

The musical tracks Siegel as she becomes the wife of David "Timeshare King" Siegel and mother to eight children as they endeavor to build the largest private home in the country in Orlando, Florida, only for the 2008 recession to dampen their dreams and lavish lifestyle.

Chenoweth has been attached to the project since at least February 2023, when it was announced that she would lead an industry reading of the project. The project reunites Chenoweth with Schwartz after the former created the role of Glinda in Schwartz's Wicked.

Tickets for the production’s world premiere are on sale at

The Queen of Versailles is produced by Bill Damaschke, Seaview, and Chenoweth, through her production banner Diva Worldwide Entertainment.


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