Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

This story of women and the men who pursue them is a touching adaptation on the verge of all-out musical hilarity.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown


Keyboard 1
Keyboard 2


This story of women and the men who pursue them is a touching adaptation on the verge of all-out musical hilarity.


This orchestration is based on the Original 2015 UK West End Production.

This show was orchestrated to be player-conducted from the Keyboard 1 book. There are two keyboards both with programming.

Keyboard 1 is the primary piano book and will require a very proficient pianist who can navigate the part and programming while leading the band. Along with acoustic piano, there are several other patches in the programming including Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes, and various other EP’s.

Keyboard 2 is much more heavily programmed and also requires an excellent player. Some of the sounds and instruments found in this programming include various Organs such as the Hammond B3, Synth elements such as pads, brass, flutes, bells, and harps, as well as Celeste and Accordion to name just a few.


Book by: Jeffrey Lane
Music & Lyrics by: David Yazbek
Based on the film “Women on the Verge…” by Pedro Almodóvar
Musical Director: James Abbott
Music orchestrated by: Simon Hale
Additional Orchestrations by: James Abbott and David Yazbek

Conducted by: Jim Abbott
Associate Conductor: Marco Paguia
Keyboard 1: Marco Paguia
Keyboard 2: James Abbott
Drums: Dean Sharenow
Bass: Brian Hamm
Guitar: Erik Della Penna
Percussion: Javier Diaz
Trumpet: CJ Camerieri
Trombone: Tim Albright
French Horn: R.J. Kelley
Reed 1: Todd Groves
Reed 2: Dan Willis
Reed 3: Alden C. Banta
Violin 1/Concertmaster: Lori Miller
Violin 2: Entcho Todorov
Viola: Jonathan Dinklage
Cello: Anik Oulianine
Musical Coordinator: Dean Sharenow
Music Copyist: Emily Grishman Music Preparation/Emily Grishman, Katharine Edmonds


Gazpacho, anyone? A musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s beloved film of the same name, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is the brainchild of the talented team behind Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Preserving the unusual and exhilarating tone and style of the Oscar-nominated film, Women on the Verge will delight both fans of the film and newcomers to the raucous tale.

Both touching and hilarious, Women on the Verge is a story about women and the men who pursue them… finding them, losing them, needing them and rejecting them. At the center is Pepa, whose friends and lovers are blazing a trail through 1980s Madrid. Along with Pepa, there’s her missing (possibly philandering) lover, Ivan; his ex-wife of questionable sanity, Lucia; their son, Carlos; Pepa’s friend, Candela  and her terrorist boyfriend; a power-suited lawyer; and a taxi driver who dispenses tissues, mints and advice in equal proportion. Mayhem and comic madness abound, balanced by the empathy and heart that are trademarks of Almodóvar’s work.


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