Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Women: On The Verge Of A Stellar Musical?

Women: On The Verge Of A Stellar Musical?

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.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 27 July, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric Mc says....

Goodness! What an unbelievable cast!

Hope you boys are well, Steve!

At 27 July, 2010, Blogger Dale said...

I worried a little just wondering how the film might translate but the cast makes me not worry so much! Intriguing.

Last night I saw an Italian film that put me a tiny bit in mind of 'Women' called Mid-August Lunch, charming and funny.

At 27 July, 2010, Anonymous Chris Caggiano said...

Loving the cast. Not loving the poster. Too flat, diffuse and scattered. Reminds me of the logo for the Ragtime revival, of which I was not a fan. But the poster art is often no reflection of the quality of the show itself.

At 27 July, 2010, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

I'll forgive any poster for that cast. But the more I look at it, the more I kind of like it for its retro-cool (but those disembodied legs in the bottom right hand corner...).

Now we'll just see if Yazbek and Lane have the goods worth delivering.


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