The new Stephen Schwartz musical The Queen of Versailles will have its world premiere this summer at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre. The Broadway-aimed production will begin previews July 16, with the five-week engagement currently scheduled to continue through August 18.
Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth will star in the new musical, which is based on the 2012 documentary of the same name, centered on socialite and beauty queen Jacqueline "Jackie" Siegel. Lindsey Ferrentino (Ugly Lies the Bone, Amy and the Orphans) penned the book, and Tony winner Michael Arden (Parade, Once on This Island) will direct.
The musical tracks Siegel as she becomes the wife of David "Timeshare King" Siegel and mother to eight children as they endeavor to build the largest private home in the country in Orlando, Florida, only for the 2008 recession to dampen their dreams and lavish lifestyle.
Joining Chenoweth for the pre-Broadway Boston engagement are Oscar-winning actor F. Murray Abraham as David Siegel, Here Lies Love’s Melody Butiu as Sofia Flores, and Kimberly Akimbo’s Nina White as Victoria Siegel. Additional cast and creative team members will be announced at a later date.
All four actors also starred in a workshop of the musical in November 2023.
Chenoweth has been attached to the project since at least February 2023, when it was announced that she would lead an industry reading of the project. The project reunites Chenoweth with Schwartz after the former created the role of Glinda in Schwartz's Wicked.
Tickets for the production’s world premiere will go on sale to the general public February 28. Visit EmersonColonialTheatre.com.
The Queen of Versailles is produced by Bill Damaschke, Seaview, and Chenoweth, through her production banner Diva Worldwide Entertainment.