Almodovar the Musical

Pedro Almodovar’s classic, campy Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown will soon ride the melodramatic giggles of theater geeks everywhere onto a Broadway stage. The film steps off the silver screen and soft-shoes, taps and, we hope, pirouettes onstage as a musical that should premiere November 4th at the Belasco Theater.

Though the 1988 original can be remembered as practically having been a musical, with its vivid, larger than life characters and their violent outbursts, it sure will be interesting to see adultery, abandonment and spiked gazpacho crammed into two hours punctuated by songs and accompanying dance numbers. (Almodovar himself tipped his hat to his old film in his recent Broken Embraces, with Penelope Cruz re-enacting the spiked gazpacho scene.) The musical will be directed by Bartlett Sher, who took home the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival for South Pacific, collaborating with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Jeffrey Lane on book and scored by David Yazbek of The Full Monty.