Bullets Over Broadway will open at St James Theatre in Apr 2014
Producers Letty Aronson and Julian Schlossberg have announced that the world premiere production of Bullets Over Broadway, the new Broadway musical adaptation of Woody Allen's and Douglas McGrath's screenplay of the 1994 film, will open at Broadway's St James Theatre in Apr 2014.
The musical will be directed by five time Tony Award winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman, and feature scene design by Santo Loquasto (Fences), costume design by William Ivey Long (Don't Dress for Dinner), lighting design by Donald Holder (Annie) and musical arrangements and supervision by Glen Kelly (Young Frankenstein).
Additional casting and full production dates are still to be announced.
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).
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