Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the first major opening of 2015, and one of the year’s biggest musicals, had its West End premiere last night (Monday 12 January 2015, previews from 16 December 2014) at London’s Playhouse Theatre.
Based on renowned Spanish director Pedro Almodovar‘s breakthrough 1988 film of the same name, the stage musical adaptation – with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane – was first seen in 2010 on Broadway, where it had a short run. It has been substantially revised since and is again directed by New York’s Bartlett Sher.
Overnight reviews are positive, on the whole, with mainly enthusiastic four-star raves, that surprised even some of the critics themselves
Overnight reviews are positive, on the whole, with mainly four-star ratings, and a smattering of three- and two-stars. Even detractors praise the powerhouse performances of British leading ladies Tamsin Greig and Haydn Gwynne.
I’ve included summaries and links to the major overnight reviews below, as well as other recent #goodreads coverage on the show, including interviews with Tamsin Greig, Haydn Gwynne, Pedro Almodovar and the paparazzi frenzy from the first night. Never mind the attendance of Almodovar, the original film’s stars, Cherie Blair and countless other celebs, it was all about Graham Norton’s five o’clock shadow and ill-fitting coat for the Daily Mail!
I’m excited to see Women myself later this week. So please do check back next week for my relevant #TheatreDiary and on-the-night tweets stream.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is currently booking at the West End’s Playhouse Theatre until 9 April 2015.