Yesterday, preliminary casting was announced for the Broadway musical version of Pedro Almodóvar's breakthrough 1988 film "Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown." It's mighty enticing.
While Lincoln Center Theater is currently advertising this as a limited run (October 8 through January 23), its sheer star power alone from the Broadway firmament could make the Great White Way live up to its name for considerably longer. Since it will be staged at the Belasco Theatre, I can't help wondering if it will ultimately do just that.
Helmed by Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher, the stellar cast is set to include Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sherie Rene Scott, Laura Benanti, de'Adre Aziza, Danny Burstein, Mary Beth Peil, Nikka Graff Lanzarone and Justin Guarini. Women On The Verge will feature a score by David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane, the same team who gave us the underappreciated Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Lincoln Center describes the tuner as follows:
Based on Pedro Almodóvar's internationally acclaimed 1988 film, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown is set in late 20th-century Madrid and tells the story of the intertwining lives of a group of women whose relationships with men lead to a tumultuous 48 hours of love, confusion and passion.
Women On The Verge ranks right near the top of the new musicals I'm most looking forward to seeing during what is shaping up to be a tuner-rich year. The casting announcement is just icing on the cake.
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