Zach Braff will make his Broadway debut in the musical version of Woody Allen’s “Bullets over Broadway,” Susan Stroman directs and choreographs. Woody Allen wrote the book based on his original screenplay with Doug McGrath. Vincent Pastore from The Sopranos costars in the Chazz. Palminteri role. Woody’s sister Letty Aronson and Elaine May’s regular producer, Julian Schlossberg, are producing. Lenny Wolpe, Betsy Wolfe, Helene Yorke and Brooks Ashmanskas are also in the cast.
More casting is imminent. William Ivey Long, god bless him, is doing the costumes. “Bullets Over Broadway” will open on April 10, 2014 at the best theater in New York, the St. James (once home to “The Producers” and “Hello, Dolly!” among others).
Some interesting notes: According to Playbill, the show had a tryout last week. I guess it worked because they’ve scheduled a four week lab this fall prior to the winter previews. And there are no new songs— all the songs are from the 20s and 30s. That should make entering “BOB” as a mew musical a little problematic. How peculiar. “BOB” will be like a Gershwin “new” musical.