According to Variety, a private reading of an early version of a still-in-the-works musical adaptation of Pedro Almodovar’s 1988 film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown last weekend at Lincoln Center featured a promising line-up of stars: Salma Hayek, Jessica Biel, Matthew Morrison (of Glee fame), Paulo Szot, Mia Maestro and Joanna Gleason. Though none are attached to appear in the production, which could go into previews on Broadway as early as spring 2010, their involvement at such an early stage could be an indicator of things to come.
Already, the adaptation has plenty of theater-world power behind it, including lyrics and music by David Yazbek, a book by Jeffrey Lane, and Bartlett Sher (of the current South Pacific and upcoming Bruce Lee: Journey to the West) set to direct. Assuming this adaptation is a resounding success—which, clearly, how could it not be?—I wonder what Almodovar movie they’ll turn into a musical next. How about Matador? (Culture Monster)