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‘First Wives’ to debut on July 15

Musical adaptation set for Old Globe

The musical adaptation of 1996 menopausal revenge caper “The First Wives Club” will have its debut engagement July 15 through Aug. 23 at San Diego’s Old Globe prior to a planned Broadway run during the 2009-10 season.

While the Paramount movie prominently featured the Leslie Gore/Dusty Springfield hit “You Don’t Own Me” as the anthem for the trio of wronged spouses plotting to turn the tables on their errant husbands, the show will have an entirely original score by legendary Motown hit factory Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland.

Book is by Rupert Holmes (“Curtains”), adapted from Olivia Goldsmith’s novel and Robert Harling’s screenplay, with Francesca Zambello (“The Little Mermaid”) directing. The Old Globe will partner with commercial producers Paul Lambert and Jonas Neilson on the project.

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