Women on the Verge...Further Casting Announced
Further casting has been announced for the upcoming production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which will open at the Playhouse Theatre on 12 January 2015, following previews from 18 December 2014, and concludes its 20-week limited engagement on 9 May 2015.
Joining the previously announced Tamsin Greig, who makes her musical theatre debut in the role of Pepa, will be Haydn Gwynne, Anna Skellern and Jerome Pradon.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown features music and lyrics by David Yazbek, book by Jeffrey Lane and is based on the original 1988 film by Pedro Almodóvar. The West End production will be directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher, who also directed the musical on Broadway.
The musical captures the sexy and colourful spirit of Pedro Almodóvar’s Madrid, and follows Pepa and her friends as they juggle their everyday lives and extraordinary moments in a surprising, and rebellious musical comedy.
Haydn Gwynne will play Lucia. Her recent London stage credits include 'The Audience' alongside Helen Mirren and 'Richard III' opposite Kevin Spacey. Her musical credits include the original London cast of 'Billy Elliot the Musical'.
Jerome Pradon, who will play Ivan, has starred in a wide range of West End musicals, including 'Miss Saigon', 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'Les Misérables'.
Australian actress Anna Skellern will play Candela and is a relative newcomer to the London stage, and has recently appeared in 'Holding the Man' at the Trafalgar Studios. Her screen credits include 'Parade’s End' and 'Lip Service'.
The Broadway production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown starred Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Laura Benanti, and played the Belasco Theatre from 08 Oct 2010 to 02 Jan 2011. It was nominated for 3 Tony Awards in 2011 - Best Original Score, and Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (for both LuPone and Benanti).