Monday, June 30, 2014

Broadway-Bound 'First Wives Club' Musical Sets Chicago Tryout

A musical version of The First Wives Club is set to be Chicago’s next pre-Broadway tryout, opening in the Loop next spring and possibly headed to Broadway for the 2015-2016 season.

The new musical version of the 1996 revenge comedy starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton will have music by Holland-Dozier-Holland (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland,) who are famous for writing hits for Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, and the Supremes. The musical will be based off the 1996 movie as well as the 1992 Olivia Goldsmith novel that inspired it.

The show will be written and produced by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, making her Broadway debut, but will draw heavily on an earlier musical version by Rupert Holmes, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“I really see this as my chance to do broad-shouldered women,” Bloodworth-Thomason told the Tribune. “I really love these three girls.”

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