Friday, June 19, 2009


One of my favorite actresses, Mrs. Sheryl Lee Ralph, has stepped into a lead role in the Broadway-aimed musical adaptation of “The First Wives’ Club,” which recently began rehearsals for its out-of-town tryout at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater.

Ralph (“Dreamgirls”) replaces Adriane Lenox, who bowed out due to health concerns, according to the Old Globe.

Ralph joins Barbara Walsh and Karen Ziemba as a trio of women who are all dumped by their husbands for younger women.

Francesca Zambello (“The Little Mermaid”) directs the musical, with score by Motown songwriters Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland and book by Rupert Holmes (“Curtains”).

First Wives” plays at the Old Globe July 17-Aug. 23.