Saturday, April 13, 2024

Zach Braff to Star in Musical Bullets over Broadway


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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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