THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES Announces Pre-Broadway World Premiere Engagement At Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre

Alex Mecklosky
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February 8, 2024 10:30 AM

Stephen Shwartz and Kristen Chenowth doing a musical together? Seems familiar… Today, it was announced that the new musical The Queen of Versailles will have its world premiere at Boston’s historic Emerson Colonial Theatre this summer. Performances for this strictly limited five-week engagement are set to begin on Tuesday, July 16th, playing through Sunday, August 18th.

Based on Lauren Greenfield’s award-winning 2012 documentary The Queen of Versailles and the life of beauty queen, socialite and TV personality Jacqueline “Jackie” Siegel, this Broadway-bound musical will feature music and lyrics by celebrated Oscar-winning songwriter Stephen Schwartz and will star Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth as Ms. Siegel. 

The new musical features a book by Lindsey Ferrentino and direction by Tony Award winner Michael Arden.

Joining Ms. Chenoweth for the pre-Broadway Boston engagement are Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham as David Siegel, Melody Butiu as Sofia Flores, and Nina White as Victoria Siegel. Additional cast and creative team members for The Queen of Versailles in Boston will be announced at a later date. 

Nina White, F. Murray Abraham, Melody Butiu

From computer engineer to Mrs. Florida to billionairess, Jackie Siegel sees herself as the embodiment of the American Dream. Now, as the wife of David "The Timeshare King" Siegel and mother of their eight children, they invite us to behold their most grandiose venture yet: they're building the largest private home in America in Orlando, Florida – a $100 million house big enough for her dreams and inspired by the Palace of Versailles. But with the Great Recession of 2008 looming, Jackie and David's dreams begin to crumble, along with their lavish lifestyle. The Queen of Versailles explores the true cost of fame, fortune, and family.

The Queen of Versailles is produced by Bill Damaschke, Seaview and Kristin Chenoweth through her production banner Diva Worldwide Entertainment. Mr. Damaschke previously Produced the Boston world premiere engagement of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, which re-opened the Colonial in glorious fashion in 2018, and went on to win 10 Tony Awards on Broadway including “Best Musical.”

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Alex Mecklosky

As a native New Yorker, Alex has always loved everything involving theatre. With a degree in Theatre and New Media from Marymount Manhattan College, Alex realized that, since he was not talented enough to be on Broadway, the next best thing would be to write about it!