Based on Steel Magnolias playwright Robert Harling's 1991 film comedy about the on and off-set drama of a popular daytime soap opera, the new musical adaptation has lyrics by Drewe and a score by Stiles. The writers contributed additional material to Mary Poppins and are also the songwriters of Betty Blue Eyes and Honk!
Harling is the musical's book writer. Tony Award-winning director-choreographer Rob Ashford (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Evita, Finding Neverland, Thoroughly Modern Millie) is helming the New York City workshops.
In a previous interview with Playbill.com, Harling said, "We will need one of the biggest musical comedy stars to play the central role," and it looks like he found her. Chenoweth (Wicked; Promises, Promises) is cast as "The Sun Also Sets" star Celeste Talbott, with Krakowski ("30 Rock," Grand Hotel) as devious cast member Montana Moorehead.