Kristin Chenoweth has been tapped to take on one of Meryl Streep’s most iconic comedic roles (aptly, a Broadway star) for the stage. The Tony and Emmy winner is attached to play Madeline in a musical adaptation of Death Becomes Her from Universal Theatrical Group.
A spokesperson for Universal Theatrical Group confirmed there is no creative team—including a composer, book writer, or director—attached to the project at this time.
The 1992 comedy, written by David Koepp and Martin Donovan, depicts the rivalry of Broadway star Madeline and writer Helen (played on screen by Goldie Hawn). What begins as a feud over a man (while backstage at an absurd musical adaptation of Sweet Bird of Youth titled Songbird!) turns into a nightmare filled with tumbles down stairs, a youth-preserving potion, and gaping stomachs.
UTG is currently represented on Broadway with the long-running Wicked; their additional titles include the musical adaptations of Billy Elliot, Bring It On, and Holiday Inn.