FOX News reports that Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, who created the situation comedy, is at work writing a play based on the Emmy-nominated series. Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts and Jean Smart, who were the show's original co-stars, are all said to be interested in reprising their roles on The Great White Way. The News organization also says that Anita Waxman and Elizabeth Williams will likely produce the show on Broadway in summer 2006.
"Designing Women" debuted during the 1986 TV season, playing through 1993. The original cast featured Delta Burke as Suzanne Sugarbaker, Dixie Carter as Julia Sugarbaker, Annie Potts as Mary Jo Shively, Jean Smart as Charlene Frazier Stillfield and Meshach Taylor as Anthony Bouvier.
Burke and Carter both appeared on Broadway in Thorougly Modern Millie. Burke was also part of the recent mounting of Steel Magnolias, and Carter was also seen in Terrence McNally's Master Class. Jean Smart was featured in the Nathan Lane revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner as well as in Pam Gems' Piaf.