Playbill Poll: Which Actress Should Star as Diva Helen Sinclair in Bullets Over Broadway? Readers Respond
18 Aug 2013
The new stage adaptation of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, will premiere on Broadway in early 2014. With a majority of principal casting announced, Playbill.com wondered who will play theatrical diva Helen Sinclair?
Dianne Wiest earned an Academy Award for originating the role of martini-sipping, Broadway leading lady Helen Sinclair in the 1994 film. Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter asking which actress they would like to see take on what is sure to be one of the season's biggest diva roles.
The cast features Zach Braff ("Scrubs," "Garden State") as David Shayne, Brooks Ashmanskas (Promises, Promises; Present Laughter) as Warner Purcell, Betsy Wolfe (Last Five Years, Drood) as Ellen, Lenny Wolpe (The Drowsy Chaperone) as Julian Marx, Hélene Yorke (Grease) as Olive Neal and "Sopranos" actor Vincent Pastore as gangster Nick Valenti.
Here are some reader responses followed by our own commentary.
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.