Megan Hilty and Jennifer Simard to Star in Pre-Broadway World Premiere of DEATH BECOMES HER


Megan Hilty and Jennifer Simard

Jordanna Brody
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We have a secret you would die for...the world-premiere production of the drop-dead hilarious new musical comedy, Death Becomes Her starring Tony Award nominee Megan Hilty as Madeline Ashton, and Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard as Helen Sharp, is headed to Chicago.

Death Becomes Her will play a pre-Broadway engagement in Spring 2024 at Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre from April 30 – June 2, 2024 and will be part of the upcoming season subscription package, to be announced in full on September 6.

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. Death Becomes Her will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli.

Madeline Ashton is the most beautiful actress (just ask her) ever to grace the stage and screen. 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.

Starring Tony Award nominees Megan Hilty and Jennifer Simard, 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.

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, written by David Koepp and Martin Donovan.

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Jordanna Brody

Originally from South Florida, Jordanna Brody graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Theatre Education and Performance in 2019. Her experience teaching, performing, directing, and working behind the scenes informs her perspective on theatre in every way. She is passionate about uplifting marginalized voices and innovative theatrical experiences.

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