Revised Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Musical Gets Chicago-Area Premiere Tonight

News   Revised Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Musical Gets Chicago-Area Premiere Tonight
 
The post-Broadway, professional U.S. regional premiere of the short-lived Broadway musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown begins Chicago-area performances Sept. 14 at the Theatre at the Center in Munster, IN.

Hollis Resnik
Hollis Resnik

The production reflects a revised version of the musical that is based on the Academy Award-nominated film by Pedro Almodovar. Creators Jeffrey Lane (book) and David Yazbek (score) have revised the script and re-ordered several songs in the new version.

The Theatre at the Center production is directed by William Pullinsi with choreography by Danny Herman and musical direction and orchestrations by William Underwood. The musical is presented in the Center's intimate 400-seat theatre, which features a proscenium with a large thrust stage.

The production officially opens Sept. 21 for a run through Oct. 12. Performances, which were originally to begin Sept. 11, were postponed following the tragic death of veteran cast member Bernard Yvon, who was killed in a car accident on his way to rehearsals for the production. 

The cast features Cory Goodrich as Pepa, Hollis Resnik as Lucia, Larry Adams as Ivan, Summer Naomi Smart as Candela, George Andrew Wolff as Taxi Driver, Nathan Gardner as Carlos, Dina DiCostanzo as Marisa, Colette Todd as Paulina, Hillary Marren as Anna, David Schlumpf as Ambite, Jake Mahler as Chief Inspector, Scott Stratton as The Detective, Regina Webster as Pepa's concierge, Missy Aguilar as Ivan's concierge, Eric Lewis as Malik, Chris Carter as Telephone Man, Sheri Mocheit as Young Lucia and Ryan Naimy as Young Ivan.

The Theatre at the Center creative team also includes scenic designer and production manager Ann Davis, lighting designer Shelley Strasser-Holland, costume designer Brenda Winstead, sound designer Barry G. Funderburg, associate sound designer Michael J. Patrick, hair and wig designer Kevin Barthel and props designer Jessie Howe. Here's how the regional premiere is billed: "Set in 1980’s Madrid, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown introduces actress and singer Pepa (Jeff Award winner Cory Goodrich) who is heartbroken by her charming yet deceitful lover, Ivan (Jeff Award nominee Larry Adams). The plot thickens as his ex-wife of questionable sanity Lucia (Jeff Award winner Hollis Resnik) and their passionate and curious son Carlos (Jeff Award nominee Nathan Gardner) show up. Chaos ensues when Pepa’s naïve best friend Candela (Jeff Award winner Summer Smart) falls in love with a possible terrorist and is wanted by the police. The show is comically narrated by a wise taxi driver (George Andrew Wolff) who provides tissues, mints and advice to the colorful characters along the way."

The Broadway production of Women on the Verge, which opened Nov. 4, 2010, at the Belasco Theatre was short-lived. The musical played 30 previews and 69 performances when it closed Jan. 2, 2011.

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