A new Broadway adaptation of Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” is targeting an spring 2014 opening at the St. James Theater.
Variety.com reports that though no official opening or preview dates have been announced, the production is set to debut in April of next year. The musical will be helmed by director-choreographer Susan Stroman, who has won five Tony Awards throughout her illustrious career.
In fact, staging the production at the St. James will be a return for Stroman, as she directed “The Producers” at the venue for a six-year run beginning in 2001. The 2013-2014 season is shaping up to be a busy one for the director, who also is working as director and choreographer of the musical adaptation of “Big Fish.” That production is currently playing in Chicago and is expected to transfer to Broadway’s Neil Simon Theater in October.
Letty Aronson and Julian Schlossberg will produce the musical, and other members of the creative team include scenic designer Santo Loquasto, costume designer William Ivey Long and lighting designer Donald Holder.
The musical is based on Allen’s 1994 movie of the same name, which starred John Cusack, Dianne Wiest, Chaz Palminteri and Jennifer Tilly. The story is centered around a playwright (Cusack) who discovers one of his plays (“God of Our Fathers”) is heading to Broadway thanks to a wealth gangster. Shenanigans ensue as the mobster provides a talentless leading lady.
Allen co-wrote the film with Douglas McGrath, and the music will be culled from existing songs of the 1920s, the setting of the musical. This will be Allen’s first foray into the Broadway stage since the 2011 short-play triptych “Relatively Speaking.”
Other plays he has written include “Don’t Drink the Water,” “Play it Again, Sam,” “God,” “My Apology,” “The Floating Light Bulb,” “Writer’s Block” and “A Second Hand Memory.”