Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [Original Broadway Cast Recording]


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When Pedro Almodóvar arrived in NYC in 1988 to show his new film at the New York Film Festival he became an instant sensation. Channeling the burst of energy and freedom in post-Franco Spain, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was one of the most unusual and exhilarating new films in years. It was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and quickly became not just a classic, but a favorite.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a new musical based on the film. Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) leads the extraordinary collaborators Jeffrey Lane (book) and David Yazbek (music and lyrics). Lane and Yazbek, the team behind Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, have taken Almodóvar's tale and infused it with their own wry, comic style and an irresistible Spanish beat.

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 (Sherie Rene Scott) whose friends and lovers are blazing a trail through 1980s Madrid. And why do they all keep showing up at her high-rise apartment? Gazpacho anyone?

Along with Pepa, there's her missing (possibly philandering) lover, Ivan (Brian Stokes Mitchell); his ex-wife of questionable sanity, Lucia (Patti LuPone); their son Carlos (Justin Guarini); Pepa's friend, Candela (Laura Benanti), and her terrorist boyfriend; a power-suited lawyer (de'Adre Aziza) plus a taxi driver (Danny Burstein) who dispenses tissues, mints and advice in equal proportion.

Mayhem and comic madness abound, balanced by the empathy and heart that are trademarks of Almodóvar's work. And of Bartlett Sher's too. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2011
Label: Ghostlight
UPC: 0791558444728
catalogNumber: 84447
Rank: 3601


  1. Overture
  2. Act 1. Madrid Is My Mama
  3. Act 1. Lie To Me
  4. Act 1. Lovesick
  5. Act 1. Time Stood Still
  6. Act 1. My Crazy Heart
  7. Act 1. Model Behavior
  8. Act 1. Island
  9. Act 1. The Microphone
  10. Act 1. On The Verge
  11. Act 2. Entr'acte
  12. Act 2. Mother's Day
  13. Act 2. Yesterday, Tomorrow and Today
  14. Act 2. Tangled
  15. Act 2. Invisible
  16. Act 2. Island (Reprise)
  17. Act 2. Shoes From Heaven
  18. My Crazy Heart (Original Show Opening)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti LuPone   Vocals
Laura Benanti   Vocals
Sean McCourt   Vocals
Sherie René Scott   Vocals
Danny Burstein   Vocals
Brian Stokes Mitchell   Vocals,Track Performer
Murphy Guyer   Vocals
Justin Guarini   Vocals
Mary Beth Peil   Vocals
Julio Agustin   Vocals
Charlie Sutton   Vocals
Yanira Marin   Vocals
Jennifer Sanchez   Vocals
de'Adre Aziza   Vocals
Alma Cuervo   Vocals
Nikka Graff Lanzarone   Vocals
Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Vivian Nixon   Vocals
Phillip Spaeth   Vocals
Nina Laforga   Vocals
Matthew Steffens   Vocals
Luis Salgado   Vocals
Jim Abbott   Conductor,Keyboards

Technical Credits

David Yazbek   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Orchestration
Simon Hale   Orchestration
Pedro Almodovar   Liner Notes
Dean Sharenow   Producer,Engineer
Kurt Deutsch   Executive Producer
Frank Rich   Liner Notes
Bartlett Sher   Stage Direction
Ian Kagey   Pro-Tools
Derik Lee   Pro-Tools
Jessica Disbrow Talley   Art Direction
Juan Gatti   Cover Art
Jim Abbott   Orchestration,Music Direction
Jeffrey Lane   Book

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