Home Theater Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway to Close on August 24

“Bullets over Broadway” will close on Broadway on August 24th. The Woody Allen-Susan Stroman show is one several fatalities this season. This one should have been a winner, but from the beginning it was trouble. Woody himself told me recently he knew the show wasn’t going to last, but he was philosophical about it– he was just concerned about the investors.

Here’s something everyone can learn from this episode. “The Bridges of Madison County” closed fast, as did “Big Fish. They were awful, stinkers. “Catch Me If You Can” came and went. What do these shows all have in common? They are adapted from movies. The idea that any movie can be turned into a theater production is wrong. Doesn’t this prove it? They are often adapted directly, and hastily. Maybe now producers will have second thoughts.

Any way, “Bullets” had a lot to recommend it including Stroman’s choreography. See it if you can before August 24th.

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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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