Kristin Chenoweth Gets Wicked Again in Disney's "Descendants," Airing Tonight! | Playbill

News Kristin Chenoweth Gets Wicked Again in Disney's "Descendants," Airing Tonight! Tony Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, recently on Broadway in On the Twentieth Century, plays Maleficent in the new live-action Disney Channel film "Descendants," about the children of iconic Disney villains. The movie premieres July 31.

Kenny Ortega ("Newsies," "High School Musical," "Hocus Pocus") directs the musical film.

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Chenoweth will perform a song penned by her Tony-nominated You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown collaborator, composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa. Chenoweth's Tony-winning performance in that show was anchored by the show-stopping Lippa song "New Philosophy."

Kristin Chenoweth Looks Positively Wicked in First Pics as Maleficent in Disney's "Descendants"

Her song in "Descendants," called "Evil Like Me" takes place during a scene where Chenoweth warns her daughter about inheriting her own evil throne. It is also reported that the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman song "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast will get a hip-hop, a cappella make-over in the film.

The film, which is set in a present-day kingdom, focuses on good-hearted Ben (son of the Beast and Belle), who is poised to take over the throne. His first act as King is to offer a chance of redemption to the children of some major villains. They include Carlos (son of Cruella De Vil), Mal (daughter of Maleficent), Evvie (daughter of the Evil Queen) and Jay (son of Jafar), who have all been imprisoned on a forbidden island with other villains from the Disney canon.

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