Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth — who famously originated the role of Glinda in Schwartz's long-running hit musical Wicked — will reunite for the development of a new musical, The Queen of Versailles. An industry reading is set to take place on March 24 in New York City in preparation for an out-of-town engagement, with additional details to be announced.
Based on the award-winning documentary of the same name, The Queen of Versailles follows the life of beauty queen, socialite, and TV personality Jacqueline "Jackie" Siegel. Press materials describe the show as follows:
"From computer engineer to Mrs. Florida to billionairess, Jackie sees herself as the embodiment of the American Dream. Now, as the wife of David "The Timeshare King" 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."
Chenoweth will play the central role of Jackie Siegel in the new musical featuring a score by Schwartz, a book by Lindsey Ferrentino (Ugly Lies the Bone), and direction by Tony nominee Michael Arden (Parade).
In addition to leading the musical, Chenoweth will also act as producer through her production banner Diva Worldwide Entertainment.