Here’s another movie-to-musical adaptation to add to the already-quite-long list.
A musical version of The First Wives Club, which starred Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler in the film, is headed to Broadway, producers announced Monday. The show will have a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago beginning in spring 2015, with a Broadway run planned beginning in the 2015-2016 season.
Five-time Emmy nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason makes her theatrical debut as book writer. The First Wives Club, set to be directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), will feature songs–both new original music and classics–by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland, who are responsible for such hits as “Stop in the Name of Love” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch).”
“The blend of Holland-Dozier-Holland’s magic with Simon Phillips and Linda Bloodworth Thomason’s imaginations is a made-in-heaven marriage–that just so happens to be about divorce!” said originating producers Jonas Neilson and Paul Lambert in a release.
The beloved comedy tells the tale of three women who are dumped by their powerful husbands for young trophy wives. The first wives band together and take back their lives in style.
A musical First Wives Club first premiered in San Diego in 2009, but never made the jump to Broadway. This upcoming show reportedly will be significantly different.