Before any show hits the stage, there needs to be an idea, and a location. This idea can come fresh or can be adapted from another property. An adaptation is way more than just adding music to a novel, of course: it is reimagining timeless words for an entirely different medium. It’s challenging, and thrilling, and we hope the end result demonstrates the hard work and determination of the cast and crew. It’s important to remember where we came from, and also where we are.
The Novel: Olivia Goldsmith’s debut novel, the beloved, classic First Wives Club, came out in 1992 and took the world by storm. It showed women without normal pop culture masks- complicated, funny, raw, emotional, difficult, determined, smart, steely, and ready to take charge of their lives. The story of the novel’s success and what it meant is almost as important as the story itself.
The Movie: When you put Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton in a movie, it’s hard to go wrong. But no one expected it to go so right. First Wives Club earned a place in American movie history by showing three brilliant, hilarious characters, and the power of their friendship. One of the most beloved comedies of all time, the movie will be remembered forever.
Chicago: The City of Broad Shoulders has a lot more going for it than meatpacking and politics. Its theater scene is one of the nation’s liveliest. From the grand drama of the Opera House to the classics in the Theater District to the mischievous anarchists at Second City to the hundreds of local experimental theaters, there’s always something to see. First Wives Club: The Musical is honored to join this tradition.
Oriental Theatre: The Ford Center for Performing Arts at the Oriental Theatre is one of Chicago’s classic places to see a play or a musical. It’s been the home to some of the most famous performers and shows of the last 100 years. Nestled into the bustling Loop, you feel a part of history whenever you step into its famous Art Deco auditorium. First Wives Club: The Musical is excited to get a chance to be on this stage.