By Adam Hetrick
11 Mar 2014
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Five-time Tony Award winner Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys, The Producers, Contact) directs and choreographs the musical that has been adapted by Allen from his Academy Award-nominated film, which he co-wrote with Douglas McGrath. It officially opens April 10.
Veteran musical supervisor Glen Kelly (The Producers, The Nance, Young Frankenstein) has adapted and penned additional lyrics for the pre-existing songs culled from the American Songbook, which are used for the score. Expect such tunes as "Tain't Nobody's Bus'ness," "Running Wild," "Let's Misbehave," "I Found A New Baby" and more.
The cast features Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie (Passion, Ragtime, Next to Normal) as stage diva Helen Sinclair, Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Zach Braff ("Scrubs," "Garden State") in his Broadway debut as playwright David Shayne, Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Chicago, Contact, Steel Pier) as Eden Brent, Brooks Ashmanskas (Promises, Promises; Present Laughter) as Warner Purcell, Nick Cordero (Rock of Ages) as Cheech, Betsy Wolfe (Last Five Years, Drood) as Ellen, Lenny Wolpe (The Drowsy Chaperone) as Julian Marx, Heléne Yorke (Grease) as Olive Neal and Vincent Pastore ("Sopranos") as gangster Nick Valenti.
The design team includes Santo Loquasto (scenic design), William Ivey Long (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Paul Huntley (wig and hair design), William Berloni (animal training), Doug Besterman (orchestrations) and Andy Einhorn (music direction/conductor/vocal arrangements).
"Bullets Over Broadway" centers on an aspiring playwright who finds out that his play God of Our Fathers is getting the Broadway treatment thanks to a wealthy gangster who has taken a sudden interest in producing. The only snag is that his dimwitted moll has to star in one of the leading roles. Thrown into the mix are a mafia thug with a real knack for playwrighting and a theatrical grand dame who gives Norma Desmond a run for her money.
Allen's numerous films include "Blue Jasmine," "Annie Hall," "Manhattan," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Husbands and Wives," "Love and Death," "Stardust Memories," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and many more (about one a year since the 1970s). His plays include Don't Drink the Water (1966), Death Knocks (1968), Play It Again, Sam (1969), Death (1975), God (1975), The Query (1976), My Apology (1980), The Floating Light Bulb (1981), Death Defying Acts (1995), Writer's Block (2003) and A Second Hand Memory (2004).
The musical is produced by Letty Aronson and Julian Schlossberg and co-produced by Edward Walson, Leroy Schecter, Roy Furman, Broadway Across America, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Jacki Barlia Florin, Harold Newman and Jujamcyn Theaters and associate producer Don't Speak, LLC.
For tickets visit telecharge.com.
Watch the cast in rehearsal below: