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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown-Show History
Based on Pedro Alodovar's 1988 film, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a world-premiere musical by two time Tony Award nominee David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane. At the time of it's release, the movie pleased audiences and garnered favorite reviews and was eventually nominated for an 1988 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. This screw-ball comedy also is responsible for launching the mainstream career of writer and director Pedro Almodovar and starred a wonderful cast that included Carmen Maura, Fernando Guillen, Rossy de Palma, Julieta Serrrano and a young Antonio Banderas who starred in a small role. This new musical adaptation of this exciting and beloved movie, marks the second collaboration of Yazbek and Lane, who previously collaborated on the 2005 Broadway musical, The Full Monty. The duo first showcased Women On The Verge Of a Nervous Breakdown by conducting a reading at Lincoln Center complete with an A-List cast that included the talents of Salma Hayek, Jessica biel, Matthew Morrison and Paulo Szot. The show then ran on Broadway as a limited engagement and played for 30 previews and 69 performances at the illustrious Belasco Theatre.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown-Synopsis
Audiences can expect to laugh out-loud during this farcical comedy about an inebriated actress who copes with the fact that her lover has left her. As she faces a loopy set of complications and drinks some potent gazpacho, lessons will be learned and friendships will be made. The ambitious new musical is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) and features fresh new songs like Madrid, Lie to Me, Lovesick, Time Stood Still, Model Behavior, My Crazy Heart, The Microphone, Island, On the Verge, Mother's Day, Invisible and Talk to Me. The cast, which included Tony nominee Scott (Everyday Rapture, The Little Mermaid) as Pepa, the abandoned girlfriend; Tony winner LuPone (Gypsy, Evita) as the scorned ex-wife, Lucia; Tony winner Benanti (Gypsy, In the Next Room) as the high-strung best friend Candela; as well as Tony nominee de'Adre Aziza (Passing Strange), Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil (Nine, Sunday in the Park With George) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Seussical) were joined by a talented ensemble that included Julio Agustin, Alma Cuervo, John Carroll, Murphy Guyer, Rachel Bay Jones, Nina Lafarga, Yanira Marin, Sean McCort, Vivian Nixon, Luis Salgado, Jennifer Maria Sanchez, John Schiappa, Samantha Shafer, Phillip Spaeth, Matthew Steffens and Charlie Sutton. The show features choreography by Christopher Gattelli, musical direction by Jim Abbott, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Brian MacDevitt, sound by Scott Lehrer, projections by Sven Ortel, aerial design by The Sky Box, special effects by Gregory Meeh, wigs and hair by Charles LaPointe, make-up by Dick Page, orchestrations by Simon Hale, and additional orchestrations by Jim Abbott & David Yazbek.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: Ticket Information
As this popular and ambitious musical becomes a viable option for various theaters across the country, audiences seek Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown tickets with baited breath. Fans can find the latest information on tour dates at seatgeek.com.