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What Is the Story of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown?
This new musical adaptation of Pedro Almodovar’s 1988 film comedy centers on three women in Madrid, all of whom have problems with men. Main character Pepa is an actress whose lover, Ivan, has inexplicably left her. (She finds out via a voicemail.) Ivan’s ex-wife Lucia still pines for him, even though they broke up more than 20 years ago. Pepa’s best pal Candela, a ditzy model, is panicked because the guy she’s been sleeping with may be planning to blow up a building. Orbiting around this trio is Ivan, young couple Carlos (son of Ivan and Lucia) and Marisa, Paulina (Lucia’s lawyer, who harbors a secret), a busybody taxi driver and more. Will this motley group of Spaniards find happiness in life and love?
What Is Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Like?
Like the movie on which it’s based, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a fast-moving show in which colorful characters interact in funny and often surprising ways. Composer David Yazbek has written a Spanish-flavored score that brings out the sassiness in his mostly female cast, including Tony nominee Sherie Rene Scott and Tony winners Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone and Brian Stokes Mitchsell. Though it helps to have seen the movie first, you don’t have to be familiar with the story to enjoy the show.
Is Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Good for Kids?
There’s no objectionable language or nudity, but Women on the Verge centers on adult relationships and overlapping plotlines that are impossible for kids to follow. Teens who love musicals may enjoy the show, especially if they’ve seen the Almodovar movie that serves as source material.