Broadway Will Be Home to Divorce Drama The War of the Roses

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30 Jun 2014

Kathleen Turner in the film
Kathleen Turner in the film

The War of the Roses, the stage adaptation of Warren Adler's best-selling novel novel of the same name, will play Broadway in the 2015-16 season, producers announced June 30.

Adler, who wrote the script, said in a statement, "We are thrilled to have our dark comedy about the perils of the married state in the hands of savvy producers and look forward to bring this cautionary tale to an ever widening audience."

"Warren Adler's The War of the Roses follows the explosive chandelier shattering storyline of Barbara and Jonathan Rose’s confrontational filled divorce drama gone terribly wrong," press notes state. "The War of the Roses is a clever dark comedy about the breakup of a marriage which leads to the ugliest divorce imaginable, one that is both frightening and revealing. This iconic tale takes us from suburban bliss to a deadly territorial battle. Jonathan and Barbara Rose are, at first glance, the perfect couple. Jonathan has a stable law career; Barbara is an aspiring gourmet entrepreneur with a promising pâté recipe. Their large home holds the rich antique collection that originally brought them together, as well as the loving familial bond that intertwines them with their children, Eve and Josh. When Jonathan finds himself suddenly gripped by what is presumably a heart attack and Barbara confronts the loveless spell lingering between them, the sun-soaked sky that was once the Rose family union drifts into a torrential downpour. Their mutual hatred becomes the ammunition in a domestic warfare that escalates the unfolding chaos in the most unpredictable ways."

The novel was adapted into a 1989 film, starring Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito and Kathleen Turner.

Adler has written 33 novels, including "Trans-Siberian Express," "The Casanova Embrace," "Flanagan’s Dolls" and "Funny Boys." His plays include Windmills, The Sunset Gang, Libido and Dead in the Water.



Casting, creative team, theatre and a Broadway opening date for The War of the Roses will be announced at a later date.

The War of the Roses will be produced by Jay and Cindy Gutterman, Cathy Chernoff, Carl Moellenberg, Wendy Federman, Jonathan Robert Adler, Keith Knee and Al Hayes.