Everyone Says I Love You, Woody Allen's first film musical, will open Dec. 6 for a special one-week engagement in New York and Los Angeles to qualify for 1997 Oscar consideration, but will not open to the rest of the U.S. until late January, according to a spokesperson for Miramax Films.
Graciela Daniele will choreograph and Goldie Hawn will star with Allen in the musical. Everyone Says I Love You will not have an original score. As is his wont, the filmmaker will employ established standards rather than have new tunes written. The score has been arranged by jazzman Dick Hyman.
Allen will be participating as an actor in this enterprise--as well as directing and writing it. New York magazine reported that in one scene, Allen sings "Goodbye to Love" on a balcony in Venice.
The film will open in New York at the Sony Theatres Lincoln Square. In Los Angeles, the film will be shown at AMC Century City 14 and at Laemmle's Sunset 5.
Daniele, the Broadway choreographer-director of Once Upon This Island, Chronicle of a Death Foretold and the new Ragtime, has staged the musical numbers; she also worked on Allen's Mighty Aphrodite. Besides Hawn, Allen's co-stars for the musical are Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Drew Barrymore, Billy Crudup, David Ogden Stiers, Lukas Haas, Gabby Hoffman, Edward Norton and Natalie Portman.
-- By Harry Haun and Robert Viagas