Actresses join Biel, Szot in reading of new musical
Patti LuPone, Jessica Biel, Sherie Rene Scott and Oscar Isaac are among the thesps lined up to participate in next week’s reading of the Lincoln Center Theater tuner “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.”Chita Rivera also was said to be in the mix, although she’s no longer participating the multi-day developmental session. Cast list is set for the reading only and not for the show’s upcoming Broadway preem, which LCT will produce at the Belasco Theater in a run that begins previews in October. Biel was in a prior reading last year of “Women on the Verge,” along with thesps including Salma Hayek, Matthew Morrison and Paulo Szot. LuPone, most recently on the Rialto in her Tony-winning turn in “Gypsy,” reps the addition of a full-scale diva to the femme-centric cast. The last Gotham stage outing for Scott (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”) was a well-received Off Broadway run of her solo show, “Everyday Rapture.” Adapted from the 1988 Pedro Almodovar pic by the “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” duo of composer-lyricist David Yazbek and book writer Jeffrey Lane, “Women on the Verge” follows the intersecting lives of a group of women living in Madrid. Bartlett Sher, who helmed long-running LCT hit “South Pacific,” directs the stage incarnation. Rehearsal for the reading of “Women” begins March 4.