Stops Announced for Bullets Over Broadway Tour

News   Stops Announced for Bullets Over Broadway Tour A non-Equity tour of the new musical Bullets Over Broadway will launch in Cleveland, OH, at Playhouse Square with performances beginning Oct. 6.

Following the run in Cleveland, Bullets will travel to more than 25 cities in its first season, including Los Angeles, CA (Pantages Theatre); Philadelphia, PA (Academy of Music); Seattle, WA (The Paramount Theatre); St. Paul, MN (The Ordway); Memphis, TN (The Orpheum); Peoria, IL (Peoria Civic Center); Providence, RI (Providence Performing Arts Center); West Palm Beach, FL (Kravis Center); and Dayton, OH (Schuster Center).

Additional tour engagements and casting, which is currently underway, will be announced at a later date.

Following his work on the Broadway production, which was originally directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, the tour is helmed by Jeff Whiting.

The creative team also includes Jason Ardizzone-West (scenic design), Carolyn Wong (lighting design, based on the original Broadway lighting design by Donald Holder), Shannon Slaton (sound design) and Bernie Ardia (wig and hair design). The tour features six-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long’s original Broadway costumes.

* Bullets Over Broadway, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film of the same name, ended its Broadway run Aug. 24, 2014, at the St. James Theatre following 156 regular performances and 33 previews.

Five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys, The Producers, Contact) directed and choreographed the musical that was adapted for the stage by Allen. 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.

Veteran musical supervisor Glen Kelly (The Producers, The Nance, Young Frankenstein) adapted and penned additional lyrics for the pre-existing songs from the 1920s and 30s, which were used for the score. The score includes such tunes as "Tain't Nobody's Bus'ness," "Running Wild," "Let's Misbehave," "I Found A New Baby" and more.

The original Broadway cast featured Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie (Passion, Ragtime, Next to Normal) as leading lady 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 included 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 playwriting 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).

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