Robert Zemeckis’ classic 1992 black comedy Death Becomes Her is hitting the stage. And Broadway darling Kristin Chenoweth is starring.
Universal Theatrical Group is spearheading the project to make the film a fully-fledged stage musical.
Written by David Koepp and Martin Donovan, the film follows a pair of rivals played by Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn. Vying over a man’s affections (Bruce Willis), they both drink a magical potion and experience macabre side-effects when they become walking, talking corpses.
Upon initial release, the movie received mixed-to-negative reviews. However, it won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects and has since become a beloved favorite.
Chenoweth will play Streep’s role from the film.
A veteran team
This is not Universal’s first foray into a big theater project. They partnered on the hit musical Wicked, in which Chenoweth originated the role of Glinda. They also helped develop Bring It On and Billy Elliot.
Chenoweth made her Broadway debut in 1997 in the show Street Pier. She’s best known for her roles in Wicked (for which she lost the Tony to her co-star Idina Menzel) and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown as Sally, for which she won the Tony.
She returned to Broadway in 2010 and 2015 for two revivals — Promises, Promises and On the Twentieth Century, respectively.
She also has several television credits under her belt, including The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Glee, and, most recently, American Gods.
No creative team is currently attached to the project.