Tickets On Sale for Starry Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Musical
By Adam Hetrick
Tickets are now on sale for the new musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, starring Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone and Brian Stokes Mitchell, which will begin performances Oct. 2 at the Belasco Theatre.
Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, Light in the Piazza) helms the musical based on Pedro Almodóvar's Academy Award-nominated 1988 film that will officially open Nov. 4.
Women on the Verge has a score by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane. The duo previously authored the Tony-nominated musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
The starry cast boasts Tony Award nominee Scott (Everyday Rapture, The Little Mermaid), two-time Tony Award winner LuPone (Evita, Gypsy), Tony Award winner Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate, Ragtime), 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), Justin Guarini ("American Idol") and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Seussical).
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, Matthew Steffens and Charlie Sutton.
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."
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