PHOTO CALL: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, with Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti and More
By Krissie Fullerton
Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti and more star in Lincoln Center Theater's production of the musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's 1988 Academy Award-winning film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Belasco Theatre.
The new musical, with music and lyrics by Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane, is under the direction of Bartlett Sher (South Pacific). In addition to Scott, LuPone and Benanti, the piece also stars Brian Stokes Mitchell, de'Adre Aziza, Justin Guarini, Mary Beth Peil and Nikka Graff Lanzarone. The ensemble of Women on the Verge features 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.
Here's a look at the production:
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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