Chicago Theatre Review
First Wives Club: the Musical
Press Luncheon Preview – First Wives Club
On Tuesday, December 2, Broadway in Chicago hosted famed New York producers Paul Lambert and Elizabeth Williams in presenting a special
noontime luncheon event for the media, press and their most faithful season ticket holders. Their news was that Chicago would be host
to yet another original musical comedy, which will have its pre-Broadway opening at the Oriental Theatre, beginning February 17.
Adapted from the popular 1996 film about three former college friends who reunite and find they have more in common
than their alma mater, the movie starred Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton. In this new stage version, the roles
will be played by Tony Award-winner Faith Prince, the star of “Wicked,” Carmen Cusack and Chicago’s own Christine Sherrill.
Directed by Simon Phillips, the show is being adapted by five-time Emmy Award nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason (“MASH,” “Designing Women”),
and features a pop score by Holland-Dozier-Holland, one of the most integral, accomplished songwriting teams of popular music for Motown.
The group gave a 45-minute interview and offered a musical sampling from their new show.
Not only is this a reunion for the successful songwriting team, but it’s their first foray into the world of musical theatre writing.
The composers and lyricist of such hits as “Baby Love,” “Love is Like a Heat Wave” and “Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” this new musical will be a mesh of some
of their famous hit music combined with many new tunes.
The show will premier at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph Street in Chicago, with previews beginning February 17
and the press opening scheduled for March 11 and running through March 29 before it heads for Broadway.
Group ticket sales are now available at 312-977-1710; however, individual tickets will go on sale at a later date.
More information about this and other BIC productions can be found at www.BroadwayinChicago.com.