Tony Award winner Idina Menzel is on the Vancouver set for the TV film remake of the 1988 Garry Marshall movie Beaches, in which she will play the role originated by Bette Midler. According to her latest tweet, the film will include a new scene.
“Feeling like a ‘queen’ today on set,” she tweeted. “Don’t try to guess what scene. It’s new. #beaches #queenofswords” Check out the picture below.
— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) August 24, 2016
As previously reported, TV channel Lifetime greenlit the project, which will include performances of two Midler classic songs, “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love.” The remake reportedly will include new songs as well.
The film traces the stories of two young women who meet on a beach and become lifelong friends. Shooting began earlier this month. Check out Menzel’s first tweet from the set below.
— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) August 16, 2016
Allison Anders (Ring of Fire) will direct the script by Bart Barker and Nikole Beckwith; it is slated to premiere on Lifetime TV in 2017.
Menzel won her Tony Award for originating the role of Elphaba in Wicked. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the 2014 musical If/Then. Her rendition of the song “Let It Go” in Frozen won an Oscar. Midler is scheduled to star in a Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! in spring 2017.