Justin Guarini Joins Broadway's Women on the Verge; Casting Complete
By Adam Hetrick
"American Idol" finalist Justin Guarini will complete the cast of the new Lincoln Center Theater musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. The musical based on Pedro Almodóvar's Academy Award-nominated 1988 film will begin previews Oct. 2 at the Belasco Theatre.
Best known as the runner-up on the first season of "American Idol," Guarini has been cast as Carlos, the son of Iván and Lucía, who will be played by Tony Award winners Brian Stokes Mitchell and Patti LuPone, respectively.
The Women on the Verge ensemble will also include 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 and Charlie Sutton.
As previously reported, the principal cast of the musical boasts Tony Award nominee Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday Rapture, The Little Mermaid), Tony Award winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, In the Next Room), Tony nominee Danny Burstein (South Pacific), Tony nominee de'Adre Aziza (Passing Strange), Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil (Nine, Sunday in the Park With George) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Seussical).
Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, Light in the Piazza) helms the musical that has a score by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane. The duo previously authored the Tony-nominated musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. An official opening night has been set for Nov. 4.
Women on the Verge will have choreography by Christopher Gattelli, musical direction by Jim Abbott, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Brian MacDevitt and sound by Scott Lehrer. The musical reunites the Tony Award-winning creative team from LCT's South Pacific, with the addition of MacDevitt and Abbott.
Here's how LCT bills Women on the Verge: "Both touching and hilarious, it's a story about women and the men who pursue them... finding them, losing them, needing them, and rejecting them. At the center is Pepa (Scott) whose friends and lovers are blazing a trail through 1980s Madrid. And why do they all keep showing up at her high-rise apartment? Is it her gazpacho? Along with Pepa, there's her missing (possibly philandering) lover, Ivan (Mitchell); his ex-wife of questionable sanity, Lucia (LuPone); Pepa's friend, Candela (Benanti), and her terrorist boyfriend; a power-suited lawyer (Aziza) plus a taxi driver (Burstein) who dispenses tissues, mints and advice in equal proportion. Mayhem and comic madness abound, balanced by the empathy and heart that are trademarks of Almodóvar's work. And of Bartlett Sher's too."
Tickets for Women on the Verge will go on sale to the general public Aug. 30. Visit LCT.org The Belasco Theatre is located at 111 West 44th Street.
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