"The First Wives Club" is coming to Broadway.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comedy about three women seeking revenge on their former spouses will make its debut at Chicago's Oriental Theater next spring, with hopes of making it to Broadway during the 2015-2016 season.
Simon Phillips will direct the musical, which will be produced by Elizabeth Williams, Jonas Neilson and Paul Lambert. The comedy will be rewritten by five-time Emmy Award-nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason, who was the writer and producer of such TV shows as "Designing Women" and "Evening Shade".
Thomason will make her musical theater debut on the project. She said she was given the freedom to write a script from scratch.
"The First Wives" is a 1996 film starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton and was based on the Olivia Goldsmith novel - which tells the story of three women who are dumped by their husbands for younger women. The women then band together to get their lives back on track.
"One of the reasons I agreed to do it was the feisty feminist, 'Designing Women' side that Olivier created with her book," Thomason said, according to the Associated Press. "It was the same DNA as 'Designing Women.' They said, 'Write whatever you want.' So I've just had a ball. You're going to hear a lot of different dialogue, and there will be some new characters in it. It's a whole new ballgame."
Williams said "'The First Wives Club' remains one of the iconic commentaries on female empowerment," and added, "I'm so excited that such strong female characters will be presented on Broadway."
The show will feature new songs by Motown legends Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian Holland and Eddie Holland, who are known for hits like "Stop in the Name of Love" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)."
"It just turned out to be a big, lovely valentine that was laid in my lap," Thomason said. "I so wanted an opportunity to do a show that stands as an antidote to the Kardashian culture. I like to say about this that we're promoting big mouths instead of big a***s."
The story was previously adapted as a musical in 2009 at the Old Globe in San Diego with director Francesca Zambello, but the project never fully developed.