Tony-Winning Creative Team Announced for Woody Allen Musical Bullets Over Broadway
By Adam Hetrick
The creative team has been announced for the Susan Stroman-helmed Broadway musical adaptation of Woody Allen's Academy Award-nominated film Bullets Over Broadway, which is aiming for a Broadway premiere during the 2013-14 season.
As previously reported, five-time Tony Award winner Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys, The Producers, Contact) will direct and choreograph the musical that has been adapted by Allen from his 1994 film, which he co-wrote with Douglas McGrath. The musical will incorporate pre-existing songs from the period.
The design team will include Tony Award winners Santo Loquasto (scenic design), William Ivey Long (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design) and Glen Kelly (musical arrangements and supervision).
Dates of production, casting and a theatre have not been announced. Letty Aronson and Julian Schlossberg are producing the musical.
A recent reading of the musical featured A Christmas Story star Caroline O'Connor.
"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 dim-witted 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.
The original film starred John Cusack as playwright David Shayne, Dianne Wiest as actress Helen Sinclair, Chaz Palminteri as mobster Cheech and Jennifer Tilly as mob doll Olive Neal. Wiest earned an Academy Award for her performance. Allen's screenplay was Oscar-nominated.
Allen's numerous films include "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).
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