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'First Wives Club' hits the stage

September 06, 2008|Mike Boehm

Theater producers won't stop in the name of love or anything else when it comes to churning out musical remakes of hit films. So here comes "The First Wives Club," which the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego said Friday would have its premiere July 15-Aug. 23 in a prelude to a planned Broadway run.

It's adapted from the 1996 dumped-babes buddy picture starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, and from the Olivia Goldsmith novel that preceded it.

What's striking about "The First Wives Club" is its promise of an original score of new songs by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, the trio of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees who helped make Motown in the 1960s. Holland-Dozier-Holland penned and produced a large catalog of hits for the Supremes (including "Stop! In the Name of Love"), the Four Tops and Martha & the Vandellas, among others.

-- Mike Boehm

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