Christopher Sieber, Michelle Williams, More Join Megan Hilty and Jennifer Simard in Death Becomes Her Musical | Playbill

Regional News Christopher Sieber, Michelle Williams, More Join Megan Hilty and Jennifer Simard in Death Becomes Her Musical

The musical, based on the 1992 film, has found its complete cast.

Christopher Sieber, Michelle Williams, Megan Hilty, and Jennifer Simard

Casting is now complete for the new stage musical adaptation of Death Becomes Her, which begins previews April 30 at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre. Performances will continue through June 2.

As previously reported, Megan Hilty and Jennifer Simard, who starred in an April 2023 reading of Death Becomes Her, will again lead the cast as Madeline Ashton and Helen Sharp, respectively. They play fierce rivals who take a magic potion to obtain eternal youth only to find it has some gnarly side effects. 

The duo will be joined in the pre-Broadway world premiere by the newly announced Tony nominee Christopher Sieber (Shrek the Musical, Spamalot) as Ernest Menville and Grammy winner Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child, Aida) as Viola Van Horn.

The ensemble will include Marija Abney, Sarita Colon, Kaleigh Cronin, Natalie Charle Ellis, Taurean Everett, Michael Graceffa, Kolton Krouse, Josh Lamon, Sarah Meahl, Diana Vaden, Sir Brock Warren, Bud Weber, Ryan Worsing, Ericka Hunter Yang, and Warren Yang. Beau Harmon, Johanna Moise, Amy Quanbeck, and Zach Williams will be the swings.

Based on the 1992 film, the work features a book by TV writer-producer Marco Pennette and music and lyrics by Julia Mattison and Noel Carey. Tony winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies) is directing and choreographing. 

The production will also have music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, orchestrations by Doug Besterman, dance and incidental music arrangements by Sam Davis, music direction by Ben Cohn, set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Peter Hylenski, illusions by Rob Lake, hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe, makeup by Joe Dulude II, fights by Thomas Schall, and casting by Tara Rubin Casting,

"Madeline Ashton is the most beautiful actress (just ask her) ever to grace the stage and screen," states the press note. "Helen Sharp 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 original film, directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Martin Donovan and David Koepp, starred Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn. It was an early pioneer in using CGI to achieve its special effects, which include Streep's head turned completely backwards and a gaping hole in Hawn's stomach. The film also featured a Playbill in its first scene. The musical adaptation has been in the works since at least 2017, when Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth was attached to star. Chenoweth's involvement pre-dates the current creative team.

General management is by 321 Theatrical Management, and the production stage manager is Rachel Sterner. Universal Theatrical Group produces. UTG Vice President of Creative Development and Production Lowe Cunningham oversees on behalf of UTG.

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