Perhaps not since Sweeney Todd have Broadway audiences had a killer they could root for as much as Nick Cordero's Cheech – a gangster hit man with a flair for the dramatic – in the Woody Allen musical Bullets Over Broadway. The tall tough guy, who proves to be the real talent behind Bullets' play within a play, knows his way around a machine gun and a tap routine. In a cast of Broadway heavyweights, it's Cordero and his knockout performance of the Susan Stroman-choreographed "Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do" that kills it - as the kids say.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.