'First Wives' to sing on B'way
NEW YORK -- Revenge will be in the air in a few years when a musical version of "The First Wives Club" comes calling on Broadway.
The comedy about a trio of vengeful ex-spouses has been revamped and rewritten for the stage by Emmy Award-nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason, the writer and producer of such TV shows as "Designing Women" and "Evening Shade."
The musical will make its debut at Chicago’s Oriental Theater next spring, with hopes it can come to Broadway in the 2015-2016 season.
The 1996 film "The First Wives Club," starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton, was based on Olivia Goldsmith’s novel about three women who are dumped by their powerful husbands for slim, young trophy wives. The first wives band together and take back their lives in style.
The story was first made into a musical with a story by Rupert Holmes that debuted in 2009 at the Old Globe in San Diego, but never made the expected jump to Broadway.
Bloodworth Thomason said she was given the freedom to rip up the old script and write her own.
The director will be Simon Phillips (who helmed "Love Never Dies" and "Priscilla Queen of the Desert") and the songs -- both original music and classics -- will be supplied by Motown legends Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian Holland and Eddie Holland, who are behind such hits as "Stop in the Name of Love" and "I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)."
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