Chicago Stage Vets Line Up for Regional Bow of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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24 Jul 2014

Cory Goodrich
Cory Goodrich

The Theatre at the Center has announced casting for the post-Broadway, professional U.S. regional premiere of the short-lived Broadway musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which will begin Chicago-area performances Sept. 11.

Based on the Academy Award-nominated film by Pedro Almodovar, Women on the Verge will officially open Sept. 14 for a run through Oct. 12. The production will reflect a revised version of the musical. Creators Jeffrey Lane (book) and David Yazbek have revised the script and re-ordered several songs in the new version.

As previously reported, original Broadway director Bartlett Sher will return to direct a new London production of Women on the Verge, which begins performances in December at the West End's Playhouse Theatre.

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 will be staged in the Center's intimate 400-seat theatre, which features a proscenium with a large thrust stage.

The cast features Cory Goodrich as Pepa, Hollis Resnik as Lucia, Larry Adams as Ivan, Summer Naomi Smart as Candela, Bernie Yvon 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 (Jeff Award nominee Bernie Yvon) 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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