Ziemba, Lenox and Walsh to Star in Old Globe's First Wives Club

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15 May 2009

Barbara Walsh
Barbara Walsh
Casting and design team have been announced for the world premiere of The First Wives Club — A New Musical, which will play San Diego's Old Globe Theatre July 15-Aug. 23 with an official opening July 31.
The Broadway-bound musical features a book by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes and a score by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. Francesca Zambello (The Little Mermaid) directs.

The cast features Broadway veterans Karen Ziemba as Annie, Adriane Lenox as Elyse, Barbara Walsh as Brenda, John Dossett as Aaron, Kevyn Morrow as Bill, Brad Oscar as Morty, Sara Chase as Trophy Wife, Sam Harris as Duane and Ari Lerner and Austyn Myers alternating as Jason with Michelle Aravena, Mark Campbell, Thursday Farrar, Jenifer Foote, Bob Gaynor, Matthew LaBanca, Victoria Matlock, Hayley Podschun, Martin Samuel and Richard Waits.

The First Wives Club — A New Musical, according to press notes, "is a funny, moving and empowering story based on the smash-hit movie comedy and Olivia Goldsmith's bestselling novel. Former college friends reunite at middle-age and soon discover they share the same unhappy story - their ungrateful husbands careened into midlife by dumping them for younger women. After drowning their sorrows, they decide to put their long dormant talents to use, band together, and stylishly, systematically and hilariously get even with their exes!"

The design team includes scenic designer Peter J. Davison, costume designer Paul Tazewell, lighting designer Mark McCullough and sound designer Jon Weston. Choreographer is Lisa Stevens, music supervisor is Ron Melrose, conductor is John Gentry Tennyson, and orchestrator is Harold Wheeler.

The First Wives Club will be produced on Broadway by Paul Lambert and Jonas Neilson, with a theatre and dates to be announced.

Tickets are available immediately for the Old Globe run through subscription purchase. Individual tickets go on sale June 7 at 10 AM by calling (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting www.TheOldGlobe.org.