Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Belasco Theatre
111 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
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Fun. Creative. Full of laughs! Forget the crtics.

This is a wonderfully creative, wacky, and fun musical--very original, colorful sets and costumes, and bouncy songs with intelligent lyrics. All of the actors were absolutely great and way out there--especially Patti Lupone and Patti Benanti. Again, the critics got it wrong with this delighful musical comedy! Treat yourself and go with it. Have fun!

"WOMEN " MISSES THE MARK

This show has all the externals to be freshly original, but the book is so lacking in the wit and quirky humor of the classic movie that it is almost disasterous and the songs are so devoid of melody or style that no one in the talented cast could possably put them over. It ends up being a low point of a dismal season[so far] on Broadway.

Better than expected - Zany Ride

Feared the worst after all the negative reviews. This is the first of 3 shows I saw this week including La Bete and Time Stands Still and Women on the Verge was the most enjoyable. Laura Benantis performance is a standout and she is just hilarious. Patti LaPone is just perfect and her outfits and wigs are a hoot and hate to admit and sorry Patii but up until this show I was not a fan and did see you in Gypsy. This show converted me and that alone is worth the price of admission. The whole show is absurd but it is based on a Pedro Almadovar film so what do you expect -and the zany flavor of the film permeates the play. The sets and costumes are creative, fun and effective. The music is surprisingly good even though there may not be a toe tapping song to remember when you leave the theatre -although I cant get the Laura B song melody out of my head. Fun and talented cast in wacky very good musical. Biggest flaw may be that main character is written or portrayed as the only non-cartoon like character and so the side kicks take all of your interest and the main character does not compete so well for your empathy. A perfect musical needs a protagonist you fully care about-- this one just moves through the story introducing you to wildly fun characters, but hey - enjoy the ride. It is a good and zany one.

Women on the verge

I saw the show a few days ago .Great show I loved it Highly recommend .Great cast

Do Not See This Show!!!

This "show" and I use the term loosely is awful. I felt like I was watching a junior high school play - totally amateurish. I was considering leaving after the intermission, but was hoping against hope that maybe the second part would have some redeeming value and that I would be able to get even a small part of my $90.00 - yes, $90.00! - moneys worth, for essentially a bad dress rehearsal. No such luck!

Do Not See This Show!!!

This "show" and I use the term loosely is awful. I felt like I was watching a junior high school play - totally amateurish. I was considering leaving after the intermission, but was hoping against hope that maybe the second part would have some redeeming value and that I would be able to get even a small part of my $90.00 - yes, $90.00! - moneys worth, for essentially a bad dress rehearsal. No such luck!

Quite Simply Awful

I purchased a $36 balcony seat to see this show. I left at intermission. All I could think was.... with all this talent, how could it be so bad!!?? The score was awful, the sets were WAY too busy... Patti my love, what were you thinking?????

Quite Simply Awful

I purchased a $36 balcony seat to see this show. I left at intermission. All I could think was.... with all this talent, how could it be so bad!!?? The score was awful, the sets were WAY to busy... Patti my love, what were you thinking?????

RE:Women on the Verge are Nuts

It seems utterly absurd to even try and review a show after viewing what was ostensibly a dress rehearsal. But it is indeed that very phenomenon that compels me to blather. I have often paid to see dress rehearsals most often of City Centers Encores and find nothing terribly off putting about the experience, it can in fact, even be exhilarating, deluding me into feeling as if I am part of the experience. What was particularly off putting about yesterdays performance was that on top of being a very difficult show technically it was also a brand-new show. What specific brand of arrogance drives the creative team to not engage in out of town tryouts? Ill never know. I have not seen the movie upon which this musical is based. Im not sure that should be a precursor for seeing a show anyway. I did not enter the theatre with any of my usual "book" fatigue, derived from recent movie-to-show productions or television-to-movie productions really? have all the writers been swept away by evil aliens? I entered the clumsy yet beautiful Belasco theatre, knowing I was in for an adventure and having zero expectations. Let it be said straightaway, that an opportunity to see Miss Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti and even an under utilized DeAdre Aziza even sitting on a stool and talking about what they have loved and loss and wore, would get me to the theatre. As completely crazy as Women on the Verge is and it is I feel I got my $50 worth just with Patti singing on a bare stage wearing nothing but a little black dress and with Laura running across the stage in her underwear during a technical glitch stage whispering to the audience "everythingsgonna be fine." Priceless. But the show? Do I start with the obvious; the absurd Spanish accents yet utter lack of Latinos in any of the leads? Do I mention the miscasting of Brian Stokes Mitchell, or perhaps the mis-writing of his character? How about the superfluous constant moving of huge scenery and scene-ettes that do nothing to move the story? Then there are the gratuitous scenes so many of them that reek of an unchecked ego. All that was needed was a no-man on the creative team. There is a cab driven by the wonderful Danny Burstein that simply must be stopped. It is awkward, cumbersome and does nothing except make ridiculous amounts of noise. Speaking of noise; the sets are really really loud! The sound is completely off on the show, but Ive no doubt that will be ironed out in time. You know its bad when Patti cant be heard over the orchestra! The orchestra is divine, by the way, and it was wonderful to hear an overture no matter how truncated. The voices are all dreamy too, as is the not very memorable music. The lyrics themselves? Eh. The songs and structure of the show are very formulaic. Everything in between is nuts though. Speaking of which, I cant help but wonder about the expression on the face of the insurance underwriter when he/she discovered that his female leads would be dangled from harnesses, swinging on pool toys. Miss Benanti has a history of very serious neck injury, and Miss LuPone is a national treasure. Was that visual effect used twice really worth the risk? And what did it mean anyway? Speaking of risk; whats with the large incredibly stinky fire that is lit on stage? Excessive and scary in such a technically awkward show, not to mention a serious liability for anyone in the audience with breathing difficulties. I couldnt help but think, while watching some of these gimmicks, that a 14 year old boy had staged this show. Im still not entirely sure what the story was/is. The characters arent given much room to develop and the transitions to songs which ostensibly are to move the story forward, simply dont exist. I dont mind that there isnt much of a story and the action is confusing. I really dont. I mind laziness and arrogance and weird out of context dance numbers. All that said, I would see it again. When would I ever again have the chance to see Sheri Renee Scott, Patti, Laura, De"Adre belt out even a middling number together?