While starting his day today at 5:00 am -not me – I sleep in until oh-so-late hour of 6:30 – woo-hoo – my husband heard this broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered and left me a note about it. Sweet, he does that sometimes. This is particularly great and funny (to us) because it is part of our relationship shorthand – you know how a name or a place, can – just by invoking it – retell a shared experience?
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s breakout movie (for you babies out there, it came it out in 1988) and it is now being re-worked as a Broadway show – and a musical at that. Here is the link to the NPR story on Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the Broadway show.
In our house, just saying “Women on the Verge” and sometimes even “gazpacho” will cause eye-rolling, laughing, and for one of us, a flash-back to a movie he was not into from the get-go. Yes, one thousand years ago, in 1988, we went to the movies at Copley Place (I think and notably – in the middle of the day- is this possible?) and I did not tell him it was a sub-titled chick-flick – hey – we were new-ish in our relationship and I didn’t think it mattered – let’s just say that he did not love it. I did, but I’m not sure the musical will work for me – even with Patti LuPone, Sherie Rene Scott, Songwriter David Yazbek and scriptwriter Jeffrey Lane (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels team) and here is the full cast and creative list. Maybe I’ll have to see it and bring my now prepared spouse or maybe I’ll just go with a sister or a girlfriend or two and spare him…or maybe it would be a bonding experience?
According to Lane, the show celebrates the fortitude of women who find themselves in these fragile emotional states.
“It’s a show about people wanting the wrong things and finally getting the blessing of, ‘Oh, this is what I needed!’ It’s the, ‘You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes,’ ” Lane says. “And these women do. They keep moving forward. It’s their actions and their choices that might be wrong, but … they are alive, they are moving forward, they are trying to work out their lives, and they never just give up.”
And the same could be said of the creators, who’ve been tweaking the show right up to opening night — even trading e-mails with Almodovar in Spain.