Idina Menzel to play Bette Midler's Beaches role for Lifetime

Idina Menzel to play Bette Midler's Beaches role for Lifetime

Broadway star Idina Menzel will headline a Beaches remake for Lifetime.

In addition to new versions of the two classic tunes from the movie, Tony victor Menzel will record additional songs for the Lifetime remake, produced by Denise Di Novi (Crazy Stupid Love) and Alison Greenspan (If I Stay).

Beaches is a classic weepy from 1981, which stars Bette Middler and Barbara Hershey as lifelong best friends who go through life's ups and downs together.

Menzel's CC is an aspiring singer trying to make it in El Lay when she is discovered by a big time director. That means Menzel will be belting out Midler's classic tunes, "Wind Beneath My Wings", "The Glory of Love", and some new songs written specifically for the small-screen version. Lifetime's Beaches will be executive produced by Denise Di Novi ("Crazy Stupid Love") and Alison Greenspan ("If I Stay"). Allison Anders (Ring of Fire) will direct the script by Bart Barker and Nikole Beckwith. It's directed by Garry Marshall, who passed away last week at the age of 81. They have already had success with a similar style remake of Steel Magnolias.

Shooting is scheduled to begin August 15, with a premiere targeted for 2017 on Lifetime TV.

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