"I don't particularly like to choose projects where I have to walk in an icon's footsteps," the Broadway vet explained. "I found though -- after I said ‘no’ a bunch of times, because I was terrified -- that there's a whole young audience that had never even heard of Beaches."
Fortunately for Menzel, it wasn't long after her role was announced that Midler publicly endorsed her on Twitter.
"Can't wait to see Idina Menzel as CC in Lifetime's Beaches!" Midler wrote on Aug. 2. "DON'T TELL ME THE ENDING!"
Can’t wait to see Idina Menzel as CC in Lifetime’s “Beaches!” DON’T TELL ME THE ENDING!
Sticking close to the original, the remake follows the story of two lifelong friends who stick together over several decades filled with ups and downs. The new film will also feature a spectacular soundtrack, on which Menzel will lend her voice to new versions of iconic songs "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "The Glory of Love."
Beaches debuts Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. EST/PST on Lifetime.