Apologies to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, this seasonâ€™s triple-name wordsmith is Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. She wrote the Delta Burke/Dixie Carter TV series â€œDesigning Women.â€ She wrote the â€™96 Goldie Hawn/Diane Keaton/Bette Midler film â€œThe First Wives Club.â€ Now sheâ€™s producing it for Broadway. And only RuPaul isnâ€™t scrambling for a role.
â€œItâ€™ll have ballads. Our people will have to sing. Iâ€™ve been casting in New York and Hollywood, but not picked anyone yet. Stars arenâ€™t a requisite. Iâ€™m looking for talent. Iâ€™m seeing actresses that sing great, do comedy and can get hilarious while hitting a high note.â€
Is it a musical or a play?
â€œItâ€™s a talksicle. Itâ€™s funny and takes place in â€™92. Itâ€™s not â€˜Designing Women,â€™ because that dumb cultureâ€™s over. Itâ€™s the feminine side of the â€™90s. But we didnâ€™t use the old script. Didnâ€™t even reread it. I donâ€™t do rewrites.â€
To the important things: Every time her Clinton chums sprint for anything, Linda does a film or TV thing â€” for the Senate run, Obama Denver convention, â€™96 convention, 2000 convention, his library, six times she did Something. So?
â€œI spent 101 nights in the White House. Not wanting to be pigs about the Lincoln Bedroom, sometimes my husband and I stayed in the family quarters.â€
â€œSo all I can say is, Iâ€™m rarinâ€™ to go. The Clintons said theyâ€™ll come to whichever opening we have. Itâ€™ll be Chicago, best theater in the heart of the country, for six weeks. Our goalâ€™s New York next fall.â€