Representatives for Lincoln Center Theater told Playbill.com that the workshop will begin March 4. Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher ( South Pacific, Light in the Piazza) directs the David Yazbek-Jeffrey Lane musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's 1988 film.
In addition to LuPone ( Gypsy, Evita, Sweeney Todd) and Hewitt ( Rocky Horror, Dracula), the reading will feature Sherie Rene Scott ( Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Everyday Rapture), Jessica Biel ("Blade: Trinity," Guys and Dolls at the Hollywood Bowl) and Oscar Isaac ( Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Beauty of the Father). Paulo Szot ( South Pacific) had been previously mentioned, but is not involved in the latest workshop.
Earlier workshop participants included Biel, Szot, Joanna Gleason, Salma Hayek and Matthew Morrison. Yazbek (music/lyrics) and Lane (book) previously collaborated on the Tony-nominated musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Women on the Verge begins Broadway previews at the Belasco Theatre Oct. 2 and officially open Nov. 4. Sher will direct. Casting for the Broadway production has not been announced.
The Oscar-nominated film centers on Pepa, a voice-over actress on a mission to deliver an important secret to her philandering boyfriend, Iván. A two-day chase ensues, involving Iván's mentally insane ex-wife, her son Carlos, Shiite terrorists, a mambo-loving taxi driver, gazpacho laced with sleeping pills and a charred bed.