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Death Becomes Her musical sets world premiere plans and casting

The new musical will play in Chicago next spring

Megan Hilty and Jennifer Simard
Megan Hilty and Jennifer Simard

Megan Hilty (Smash) and Jennifer Simard (Once Upon a One More Time) will headline the world premiere of the new musical Death Becomes Her, premiering on 30 April 2024 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago. The run is currently scheduled to conclude on 2 June 2024.

Death Becomes Her, based on the 1992 Universal Pictures film written by Martin Donovan and David Koepp, features a book by Marco Pennette and a score by Julia Mattison and Noel Carey. It will be directed and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli. Mary-Mitchell Campbell serves as music supervisor and Ted Arthur is music director.

Hilty and Simard will play Madeline Ashton and Helen Sharp, roles originated on screen by Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn. Madeline and Helen are rivals fighting for the affection of the same man, who take a magic potion that promises eternal youth (with unexpected consequences).

The remainder of the cast is still to be announced, although a recent reading also featured Christopher Sieber as Ernest Menville (originally played by Bruce Willis), Nicole Scherzinger (soon to lead a new revival of Sunset Boulevard in the West End) as Viola Van Horn (originally played by Isabella Rossellini), and Kevin Smith Kirkwood as Zander Medly.