Bullets Over Broadway: Susan Stroman to direct

Producers Julian Schlossberg and Letty Aronson have annouced that Susan Stroman will direct and choreograph the world premiere production of Bullets Over Broadway, a new musical adaptation of Woody Allen's 1994 crime-comedy film, will arrive home on Broadway in 2013 featuring a book by Three-time Oscar winner Woody Allen.

Susan Stroman is a five-time Tony Award winning director and choreographer, her work has been honored with Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Lucille Lortel, and a record five Astaire Awards. Her work includes the recent production of Kander's and Ebb's 'The Scottsboro Boys,' receiving Tony Award nominations for both direction and choreography. She directed and choreographed 'The Producers, 'winner of a record-making 12 Tony Awards including Best Direction and Best Choreography.

Additional creative team, dates, theater and casting will be announced shortly.

Bullets Over Broadway tells the story of aspiring young playwright 'David Shayne.' Newly arrived on Broadway in 1920's New York, Shayne is forced to cast 'Olive Neal,' the talentless girlfried of the mobster 'Cheech,' in his latest drama in order to get it produced. The one advantage to the arrangement is that the mobster has great ideas for rewrites of the play.

As opening night approaches, Shayne finds himself in trouble: The leading lady 'Helen Sinclair' is a man-obsessed alcholoic; his leading man Warner Purcell is making passes at the mobster's girlfreind; and he has plagiarized the mobster's re-writes. What could possibly go wrong!

The musical will feature a score of existing music from the period. The film's score features such songs as 'Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye ' 'When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along' and ' That Certain Feeling.'

The 1994 film, written by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, and directed by Woody Allen, was nominated for seven Oscars. It starred John Cusack (David Shayne), Jennifer Tilly (Olive Neal), Chazz Palminteri (Cheech), Dianne Wiest (Helen Sinclair) and Jim Broadbent (Warner Purcell).

The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning the Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Diane Wiest).

Susan Stroman

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