Apologies to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, this season’s triple-name wordsmith is Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. She wrote the Delta Burke/Dixie Carter TV series “Designing Women.” She wrote the ’96 Goldie Hawn/Diane Keaton/Bette Midler film “The First Wives Club.” Now she’s producing it for Broadway. And only RuPaul isn’t scrambling for a role.
“It’ll have ballads. Our people will have to sing. I’ve been casting in New York and Hollywood, but not picked anyone yet. Stars aren’t a requisite. I’m looking for talent. I’m seeing actresses that sing great, do comedy and can get hilarious while hitting a high note.”
Is it a musical or a play?
“It’s a talksicle. It’s funny and takes place in ’92. It’s not ”˜Designing Women,’ because that dumb culture’s over. It’s the feminine side of the ’90s. But we didn’t use the old script. Didn’t even reread it. I don’t do rewrites.”
To the important things: Every time her Clinton chums sprint for anything, Linda does a film or TV thing – for the Senate run, Obama Denver convention, ’96 convention, 2000 convention, his library, six times she did Something. So?
“I 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.”
“So all I can say is, I’m rarin’ to go. The Clintons said they’ll come to whichever opening we have. It’ll be Chicago, best theater in the heart of the country, for six weeks. Our goal’s New York next fall.”