Friday, 29 July 2016

Idina Menzel to star in remake of Beaches

Idina Menzel will star in a TV remake of the 1988 movie Beaches for Lifetime. 

According to Deadline, Menzel will play CC - the role which was originated by Bette Midler. The film is set to air in the U.S. next year. 

Based on the 1985 novel by Iris Rainer, Beaches follows the various stages of the friendship between actress and singer CC Bloom and San Francisco-based lawyer Hillary Whitney. The film follows 30 years from their first meeting under the Atlantic City boardwalk through the ups and downs of their careers and relationships.

Menzel recently reprised her performance in IF/THEN for its U.S. tour. She was nominated for a Tony Award for starring in the show on Broadway. Last year Menzel ompleted her own world tour, which included a show at the SSE Arena in Wembley. She is currently working on a new album.

Best known for voicing Elsa is Disney's Frozen and for originating the role of Elphaba in the Broadway and West End productions of Wicked, Menzel is working on a single-camera U.S. comedy Happy Time produced by Ellen DeGeneres. She famously starred as Maureen in RENT on Broadway and later reprised her performance for the film adaptation. 

Menzel can also be seen in Glee and Enchanted. Her New York stage credits include: See What I Wanna See (Public), The Wild Party (MTC), Aida (Broadway) and Hair (Encores). She starred in a concert staging of Chess at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Kerry Ellis and has released several solo albums including: Christmas Wishes, Barefoot At The Symphony, I Stand, Here and Still I Can't Be Still.

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