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Playbill.com previously reported news of a return for the once Broadway-aimed musical, which had its first pre-Broadway premiere in 2009 at the Old Globe in San Diego with director Francesca Zambello (The Little Mermaid) at the helm. A Broadway run was never announced, and Zambello withdrew from the production team shortly after the conclusion of the musical's Old Globe premiere.
Simon Phillips (Love Never Dies, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will now direct the musical that is produced by Elizabeth Williams, Jonas Neilson and Paul Lambert.
Thomason has replaced Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Curtains, Say Goodnight Gracie) as the book writer of the new adaptation of First Wives Club. The new script is based on the Olivia Goldsmith novel as well as the hit film and Holmes' earlier version.
The First Wives Club features a score by Motown hit-makers Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, the threesome who created hits for Martha and The Vandellas, The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and The Supremes.
Casting is currently underway.
The popular 1996 Paramount film "The First Wives Club" was based on Olivia Goldsmith's novel and featured a screenplay by Robert Harling. The motion picture grossed over $130 million and starred Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton.