TV News: ABC Is Developing Two Musical Series, Including One With Idina Menzel

ABC is developing a couple of music-themed series for next fall. One is a drama with musical elements from writer Bob Kushell  (Samantha Who?) starring Tony winner Idina Menzel. Another one is a musical comedy from Robert Horn, who penned 2 Disney Channel movie musicals this year: the High School Musical-spinoff Sharpay Fabulous, starring Ashley Tisdale, and The Suite Life: The Movie.

Tony winner Idina Menzel, who we last saw her on Fox’s Glee as Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michelle) mother,  is headlining her own musical hourlong project, a mother-daughter relationship drama in the vein of Gilmore Girls. She will play the single mother of a teenager who, to make ends meet, waits tables and performs at weddings and bar mitzvahs, odd jobs that Menzel herself worked early on while pursuing a Broadway career. She will also serve as a producer alongside her manager Heather Reynolds. Asie from Glee, Menzel, who originated the roles of Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, earned Tony nominations  for both and won for Wicked.

The untitled Robert Horn project, from Sony TV, is described as a half-hour female-driven musical comedy. It is based on a concept by UTA-repped producers Lindy Ascher and Susan Cartsonis (Beastly) who will executive produce with Horn

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