A new musical version of "The First Wives Club," with a new book penned by the writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, making her theatrical debut, is to be Chicago's next pre-Broadway tryout, opening in the
The score (a mix of new numbers and jukebox songs) will be penned by the veteran Motown team of Holland-Dozier-Holland — or Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. The production is to be directed by Simon Phillips, known for his prior work on the musical "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."
Along with husband Harry Thomason, Bloodworth-Thomason is known for her close relationship with former president
In an interview this weekend, Bloodworth-Thomason said that her new show will be based on the 1992 Olivia Goldsmith novel, which deals with the revenge of rejected spouses, as well as the 1996 movie of the same name, which starred
"I really see this as my chance to do broad-shouldered women," she said. "I really love these three girls."