Almodovar is Coming to Broadway

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Take a drink of your favorite spiked gazpacho and hold on to your caged bunnies, because Pedro Almodovar‘s film Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) is coming to a theater near you. And by “theater” I mean the Lincoln Center Theater. And by “film” I mean an actual live, on-stage version of that positively exasperating 1988 comedy.

According to The New York Times, Lincoln Center announced last Thursday that the musical is scheduled to open on November 4 this year (although there will be a preview run in October at Broadway’s Belasco Theather). The play was developed by director Bartlett Sher in conjunction with Almodovar himself, with the help of writer Jeffrey Lane (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and composer/lyricist David Yazbek (The Full Monty).

I can’t wait to see who they’re going to cast as Pepa, the role made famous by an in-her-prime Carmen Maura. And I promise to stop talking trash about Penélope Cruz if Sher considers including a fitting version of the Tacones Lejanos‘ impossibly random Los Hermanos Rosario prison song-and-dance number — one of the first tastes we got of what an Almodovar musical would sound and look like. In the meantime, hand me that gun.