Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Delays Broadway Previews Until Oct. 5

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It's a good thing gazpacho is a chilled dish. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the starry musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's Academy Award-nominated 1988 film, has delayed the start of Broadway previews to Oct. 5.

Patti LuPone and Brian Stokes Mitchell
Patti LuPone and Brian Stokes Mitchell

The new musical by David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane was originally scheduled to begin previews Oct. 2 at the Belasco Theatre. Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher has delayed the previews by three days in order to allow the creative team additional time to work out the technical aspects of the world-premiere production.

Women on the Verge, which takes place across Madrid, incorporates numerous scenic transitions, according to Lincoln Center Theater representatives. The musical will open as scheduled Nov. 4.

The starry cast of Women on the Verge boasts Tony Award nominee Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday Rapture, The Little Mermaid), two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone (Evita, Gypsy) and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate, Ragtime).

Also starring are 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 includes 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 has a score by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane. The duo previously authored the Tony-nominated musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Women on the Verge has 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."

For tickets visit LCT.org, or phone Telecharge at (212) 239-6200. The Belasco Theatre is located at 111 West 44th Street.

Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone, Sherie Rene Scott and Nikka Graff Lanzarone
Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone, Sherie Rene Scott and Nikka Graff Lanzarone Photo by Ethan Hill
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