Pedro Almodovar

Portrait of Director Pedro Almodovar at TheWrap's Awards Season Screening Series Presents 'The Skin I Live In' - Portraits on Nov. 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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Listen to music from the new adaption of Pedro Almodovar’s 1988 breakthough film.

The West End musical adaption of Pedro Almodovar's film Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown opens tonight (Jan. 12). Almodovar, Antonio Banderas and other actors from the Spanish film are expected to the sold-out premiere at the Playhouse Theatre. The show stars Tamsin Greig, known for her work in British television shows.

The 1988 movie about the wacky escapades of Almodovar's female characters slapped stereotypical Spanish machismo in the face as it brought Madrid's post-Franco movida -- and Almodovar's name -- into the mainstream. Women on the Verge was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

The London production is a revamped version of a 2010 musical adaption of the movie created for New York's Lincoln Center. The director of both the New York and London production, Bartlett Sher, has said that the show has been completely redone, resulting in a more intimate production that more faithfully follows Almodovar's work.

The music and lyrics for the theatrical production are by Broadway composer David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), whose task in the central theme "Madrid" was to capture the rush of freedom and decadence that swept over the Spanish capital in the '80s.


Yazbek was also faced with the challenge of matching Almodovar's own musical chops. The director is known for his own eclectic, brilliant, soundtracks. The movie Women on the Verge featured songs by La Lupe ("Puro Teatro") and Lola Beltran ("Soy Infeliz"), among other songs.