Idina Menzel to play CC Bloom in Lifetime’s ‘Beaches’ re-make

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) — Broadway legend Idina Menzel is to headline a 2017, small-screen re-make of Beaches.

“She will take on the role of CC Bloom [Bette Midler‘s part,] and cover its iconic songs ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ and ‘The Glory of Love,'” Menzel’s website said Thursday. “The new version will also feature two new original songs performed by Idina, ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ and ‘If I Stay.'”

The latest film adaptation of Iris Rainer Dart’s novel — about a singer and a lawyer whose friendship spans 30 years — will premiere on the Lifetime television network.

Garry Marshall, who died this month, directed the classic, 1988 Bette Midler-Barbara Hershey movie.

Menzel is known for her performances in Broadway’s RENT, Wicked and If/Then. She is also the voice of Elsa in the animated blockbuster Frozen.

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