Megan Hilty, Jennifer Simard
Megan Hilty, Jennifer Simard

Megan Hilty and Jennifer Simard to Star in Death Becomes Her Musical

Death Becomes Her is heading to the stage! Based on the iconic 1992 movie starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn, the musical adaptation will have its world premiere in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, with performances beginning April 30, 2024. Tony Award nominees Megan Hilty and Jennifer Simard will star as Madeline Ashton and Helen Sharp, respectively.

Death Becomes Her features an original score by Noel Carey and Julia Mattison, a book by Marco Pennette, and music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. The new musical will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli. It will play a pre-Broadway engagement in Spring 2024 at Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre from April 30 – June 2, 2024

Starring Tony Award nominees Megan Hilty (Wicked, Smash) and Jennifer Simard (Company, Disaster), Death Becomes Her, based on the classic 1992 film, is a drop-dead hilarious new musical comedy about friendship, love, and burying the hatchet…again, and again, and again.

Madeline Ashton (Hilty) is the most beautiful actress (just ask her) ever to grace the stage and screen. Helen Sharp (Simard) is the long-suffering author (just ask her) who lives in her shadow. They have always been the best of frenemies… until Madeline steals Helen’s fiancé away. As Helen plots revenge and Madeline clings to her rapidly fading star, their world is suddenly turned upside down by Viola Van Horn, a mysterious woman with a secret that’s to die for. After one sip of Viola’s magical potion, Madeline and Helen begin a new era of life (and death) with their youth and beauty restored… and a grudge to last eternity.

The design team for Death Becomes Her includes Derek McLane (Sets), Paul Tazewell (Costumes), Justin Townsend (Lights), Peter Hylenski (Sound), and Paul Kieve (Illusions).

Death Becomes Her is produced by Universal Theatrical Group (UTG), overseen by Jimmy Horowitz (Chairman of Business Affairs and Operations, NBCUniversal), and led by Chris Herzberger (Senior Vice President, Universal Theatrical Group). UTG’s Vice President of Creative Development and Production, Lowe Cunningham, oversees on behalf of UTG.

Death Becomes Her is based on the Universal Pictures film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, and written by David Koepp and Martin Donovan.

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