PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, July 19-25: Bullets Will Fire Its Final Shot and Andrea Martin Will Return to the Trapeze

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25 Jul 2014

Zach Braff and Marin Mazzie
Zach Braff and Marin Mazzie
Photo by Paul Kolnik
At one point it was expected to be the big musical of the 2013-14 season. In the end, it played six months.

The musical in question is Bullets Over Broadway, the musical comedy written by Woody Allen, based on the 1994 movie penned by Allen and Douglas McGrath. Susan Stroman directed and choreographed. It will play its final performance Aug. 24 at the St. James Theatre, it was announced this week by producers.

At one point, Bullets was such a hot topic of conversation that the press breathlessly followed the race among several actresses to play the lead female role, the vain stage diva Helen Sinclair. (The part eventually went to Marin Mazzie, who may be wondering right now why she went through all that agony to land the gig.)

But reviews for the production, which did not feature an original score, were mixed. Bullets did receive six 2014 Tony nominations, although it was not nominated for Best Musical. And that was one bullet too many for the show.

Upon closing, the musical will have played 156 regular performances and 33 previews.


Tom Stoppard, now entering his sixth decade as a working — and highly successful — playwright, has another play!


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