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‘First Wives Club’ Musical Casts Its Three Divorcees

Tony winner Faith Prince will star in the musical version of “First Wives Club” in Chicago this spring alongside Christine Sherrill and Carmen Cusack, with the trio playing parts created in the film by Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton.

The new version of the “First Wives Club” musical — adapted from an earlier incarnation by Rupert Holmes — now has a book by Hollywood vet Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (“Designing Women”). Motown songwriting trio Holland-Dozier-Holland provide the songs for the production, with both new tunes and familiar classics including “Stop in the Name of Love,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” and “Reach Out… I’ll Be There.” Simon Phillips directs.

The storyline, based on the 1996 Paramount film and the novel that inspired it, follows a trio of old friends who discover that they’ve all been jilted by their husbands, and team up to get even.

The out-of-town bow for “First Wives” starts previews Feb. 17 at the Oriental Theater in Chicago. Broadway is clearly in the sights for the show’s producers — led by Jonas Neilson, Paul Lambert and Elizabeth Williams — but no exact transfer timeline has yet been set.

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