The Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department‘s first mainstage production of the Spring 2016 semester, the musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, runs February 10-20 in the Getz Theatre, 72 E. 11th St. With a book by Jeffrey Lane and music and lyrics by David Yazbek, the show is based on Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar’s 1988 film of the same title. For ticket information, click here.
Directed by faculty member Amy Uhl and choreographed by faculty member Courtney Ring, with musical direction by guest artist Michael Kaish and an all-student cast and design team, the show is set in 1988 Madrid. The city pulses with art, industry, and passion. Pepa’s world, however, is unraveling. First her lover Ivan, leaves her. And then she meets his ex-wife, and his son, and his new girlfriend, all with grief and unresolved issues of their own. Meanwhile, Pepa’s best friend is entangled in a romantic crisis with a suspected criminal. The story revolves around women and the men who pursue them: finding them, losing them, needing them, and rejecting them.
The performance schedule for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department‘s Getz Theatre are:
- Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 PM;
- Thursday, February 11, 7:30 PM;
- Friday, February 12, 7:30 PM;
- Saturday, February 13, 7 PM;
- Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 PM;
- Thursday, February 18, 7:30 PM;
- Friday, February 19, 7:30 PM;
- Saturday, February 20, 2 PM (closing performance).
Tickets are $15 General Admission, $5 for senior citizens and students of other schools, and free for all Columbia College Chicago students. For tickets, click here or call 312-369-8330.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown premiered on Broadway in 2010, with a cast headed by Patti LuPone. David Yazbek’s score was nominated for both the Tony and Drama Desk awards. The show played in a revised version in London’s West End in 2015. Songwriter David Yazbek and book writer Jeffrey Lane also collaborated on the Broadway hit Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Yazbek’s other credits include the score for The Full Monty.