Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown Broadway

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Belasco Theater

111 West 44th Street

Two hours and 45 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission

November 4, 2010 (Open-ended)

Broadway Musical (Comedy)

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Wed & Sat 2pm
Sun 3pm

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Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown Broadway musical are an adaptation of the 1988 movie. The Spanish translated to "Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios" comedy won international commercial success for writer and director Pedro Almodóvar. It starred Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas and was nominated for the 1989 Academy Award for Best Foreign-language film. The musical Broadway stage show finds its home at the Belasco Theatre under the direction of Bartlett Sher (South Pacific). The production recently enjoyed it's opening night, which came under many mixed reviews.

Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown Broadway production try to take what worked so great on film and transfer it to the stage. The story is one, which moves quickly as the plots and characters are introduced in a frantic manner. The story is centered around Pepa Marcos, a voice over actress and her boyfriend Iván in 1980's Madrid, Spain. Ivan has just left Pepa for a younger woman. Pepa enters an emotional state of depression, popping pills and protesting with violent anger. The plot "quickens" as Ivan's son Carlos and soon to be the wife Marisa heads out apartment shopping, only to end up at Pepa's penthouse. The two subsequently realize their connection to Ivan. Meanwhile the scenario of Candela, Pepa's good friend, begins to develop. The viewer learns why she is well, on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Candela explains she had been dating a man involved in a Shiite terrorist cell. The men have been holding her hostage, and she fears the police think she is involved. There are a few more characters introduced such as the lawyer Paulina, a Madrid taxi driver, and Ivan's crazed ex-wife Lucia.

Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown Broadway musical have been subject to some harsh reviews. The production promised a fun and hilarious joyride following Almodóvar's now classic comedy hit, which would add songs to the mix. While the very well written film is today considered one of the best comedy's of the eighties, it is unlikely the adaptation will reach such acclaim. Still many have predicted a complete train wreck which would bomb at the box office. The biggest problem for the production is it did not transpose very well onto the stage. While the creative team tried to bring the fast-paced storylines together with songs it hardly worked. The many different intertwining storylines and characters never fully develop. While the book by Jeffrey Lane has some great jokes they do not quite hit. The music and lyrics of David Yazbek never truly produce that memorable song you want from a first-rate musical. While one can assume the production created frantic sets to bring the viewer into the chaos of the characters and story, and it becomes exhausting. Perhaps the show simply needed a few good sips of spiked gazpacho.

That is not to say that the show will flop along the Great White Way at the box office. Considering the popularity of the movie it is based on it is sure to grab an audience. Furthermore, there is a ton of talent on the Marquee. Patti LuPone most well known for her Tony Award-winning performances as Eva Perón in the 1979 musical Evita is sure to amass some attention. Laura Benanti in the role of Candela will likely get much praise for her wonderful performance. Especially considering she probably has the best song of the entire show. Popular American Idol Alum Justin Guarini has a solid performance playing Ivan's son, one, which is sure to help out his career. Other members of the cast include Sherie Rene Scott, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Danny Burstein, Mary Beth Peil, Nikka Graff Lanzarone and de'Adre Aziza.

Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown Broadway tickets are on sale at the box office. The production is scheduled for an open run. While fans of the original movie may be in for a disappointment, there are still some reasons to catch a viewing. Namely, Laura Benanti's "Model Behavior" which was inspired, fun, dynamic and sidesplitting. Furthermore, LuPone's solo which unfortunately was glanced over before the audience could even dish out applause. You can view our great selection of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown Broadway tickets online by clicking the link.

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