Happy Hour #68: Madrid Is My Podcast – ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’

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We’re hanging by a thread and dangling over the madness that is David Yazbek’s ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.’ Based on the Spanish cult film by Almódovar, the boys traverse the winding plotlines to get to the root of what the musical is trying to say. They discuss its limited critical success, whether or not it’s a good representation of women and try to dissect David Yazbek’s ‘sound.’

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
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What do you think about Anaïs Mitchell’s quote: “Wordplay is not the same thing as poetry?” Do you agree with Jimi’s estimation that good musical theatre writing lies somewhere in between the two? Let us know what you think on Twitter!

If you’re fascinated by lyric writing then Mr Stephen Sondheim has some of the best analyses of what makes a good musical theatre lyric in his books: Finishing The… and Look I Made A…

Whether you’re a fan of the musical or not, Almódovar’s film is definitely one to be seen!

If you want to experience some of the serious venom that this show garnered when it premiered on Broadway have a look at this review roundup.

If you’re craving some LuPone action, then check out this incredible interview around the time of Women on the Verge.

Hey listeners, what do you think about the ‘whole accents thing’? Let us know Come and let us know on Reddit. Particularly if you have an accent that is intrinsically linked to your culture!


Which musical features metallophone, accordion, autoharp, erhu and ukelele in its orchestration?


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