Goodspeed Replaces Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway With The Drowsy Chaperone

Regional News   Goodspeed Replaces Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway With The Drowsy Chaperone
 
The musical based on Allen's film of the same name was canceled "in light of the current dialogue on sexual harassment and misconduct."
Vincent Pastore and Helene York in <i>Bullets Over Broadway</i>
Vincent Pastore and Helene York in Bullets Over Broadway Photo by Paul Kolnik

Goodspeed Musicals has replaced its previously announced production of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway with The Drowsy Chaperone as part of its 2018 season. Performances are scheduled for September 21–November 25.

Sutton Foster and company
Sutton Foster in The Drowsy Chaperone Joan Marcus

In a statement, Michael Gennaro, executive director of the Connecticut organization, said, “After careful consideration and conversations with community members, trustees, staff and artists, we have decided to cancel our production of Bullets Over Broadway. In light of the current dialogue on sexual harassment and misconduct, the author of Bullets Over Broadway, Woody Allen, has come under increasing scrutiny. Ongoing reports in the media have made this situation even more difficult and complicated, and this led us to reconsider the appropriateness of producing the show.”

The three-show season at Goodspeed will also feature The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue (April 13–June 21) and Lionel Bart’s Oliver! (June 29–September 8).

The Drowsy Chaperone features a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. The musical follows a diehard theatre fan, who plays his favorite cast album and watches all the characters come to life in his apartment.

Season ticket holders will receive tickets for their complete subscription package, including The Drowsy Chaperone, in the coming weeks. All single tickets purchased for Bullets Over Broadway will be honored for the same date/time for The Drowsy Chaperone. Ticket buyers may contact the box office if they wish to exchange tickets or request a refund. Visit Goodspeed.org.

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