Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2010)

Compositeur: David Yazbek

Parolier: David Yazbek

Librettiste: Jeffrey Lane

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités


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 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; his ex-wife of questionable sanity, Lucia; Pepa's friend, Candela, and her terrorist boyfriend; a power-suited lawyer plus a taxi driver who dispenses tissues, mints and advice in equal proportion. Mayhem and comic madness abound, balanced by the empathy and heart.

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Based on the 1988 film by Pedro Almodóvar


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Génèse du musical

In October 2009, a workshop reading for the Lincoln Center Theater production of the musical was held, featuring Salma Hayek, Jessica Biel, Matthew Morrison and Paulo Szot. Patti LuPone, Tom Hewitt, and Sherie Rene Scott were in workshop readings of the musical in March 2010, with direction by Bartlett Sher.

Women on the Verge opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre on November 4, 2010, with previews starting October 8. The musical starred Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Laura Benanti, with direction by Bartlett Sher. Justin Guarini, the runner up from the first season of American Idol, made his Broadway debut as Carlos. The production was a limited engagement that was scheduled to end on January 23, 2011, but due to low grosses and ticket sales, closed early on January 2, 2011. At the time of closing, the show had played 30 previews and 69 regular performances.

The Broadway production featured scenic design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Scott Lehrer. Bartlett Sher directed; Christopher Gattelli served as choreographer. Comprising the rest of the creative team was musical director James Abbott and orchestrator Simon Hale. Women on the Verge was nominated for three 2011 Tony Awards, including the award for Best Original Score.[8]

A West End production, also directed by Bartlett Sher and starring Tamsin Greig, Jérôme Pradon, Haydn Gwynne, Anna Skellern, and Willemijn Verkaik is scheduled to open at the Playhouse Theatre in January 2015 for a 20 week run.



Liste des chansons

Acte I
"Madrid" – Taxi Driver and Ensemble
"Lie to Me" – Pepa and Ivan
"Lovesick" – Pepa and Ensemble
"Time Stood Still" – Lucia
"My Crazy Heart" – Taxi Driver, Carlos, Marisa and Ensemble
"Model Behavior" – Candela
"Island" – Pepa
"The Microphone" – Ivan and Carlos
"On the Verge" – Lucia, Pepa, Candela, Marisa and the Women

Acte II
"Mother's Day" – Pepa
"Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Today" – Ivan
"Tangled" – Taxi Driver, Carlos, Candela, Ivan, Pepa, Paulina, Ana and Ambite
"Invisible" – Lucia
"Island" (Reprise) – Pepa, Candela and Carlos
"Marisa / The Chase" – Marisa and Ensemble
"Lie to Me" (Reprise) – Ivan
"Shoes from Heaven" – Pepa's Concierge, Pepa and Women

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Version 1

Women on the Verge (2010-10-Belasco Theatre-Broadway) (Original)
Durée : 1 mois 4 semaines
Nombre : 30 previews - 69 représentations
Première Preview : vendredi 08 octobre 2010
Première : jeudi 04 novembre 2010
Dernière : dimanche 02 janvier 2011
Mise en scène : Bartlett Sher
Chorégraphie : Christopher Gattelli
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Version 2

Women on the Verge (2015-01-Playhouse Theatre-London) (Original London)
Durée : 4 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 18 décembre 2014
Première : lundi 12 janvier 2015
Dernière : samedi 23 mai 2015
Mise en scène : Bartlett Sher
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Tamsin Greig (Pepa), Hadyn Gwynne (Lucia), Seline Hizli (Marisa), Jerome Pradon (Ivan),Anna Skellern (Candela), Ricardo Afonso (Taxi Driver), Haydn Oakley (Carlos), Willemijn Verkaik (Paulina), Rebecca McKinnis (Christina), Sarah Moyle (Pepa’s Concierge), Marianne Benedict, Holly James, Michael Matus, Alastair Natkiel, Nuno Queimado and Dale Rapley.
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