Woody Allen’s beloved 1994 crime-comedy caper Bullets Over Broadway is making the big leap to the real Broadway stage in a world premiere musical, helmed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (The Producers).
Here’s why you ought to be excited: Stroman has enlisted a truly dazzling cast of stage veterans to join Scrubs alum Zach Braff in his Broadway debut. Braff plays David Shayne, a naïve playwright who finds himself embroiled with the mob when a gangster’s talentless girlfriend (Masters of Sex’s Heléne Yorke) tramples into the cast of his Broadway show. Joining the onstage fun are Marin Mazzie as the alcoholic Helen Sinclair, Brooks Ashmanskas as gluttonous leading man Warner Purcell, Nick Cordero as interfering gangster Cheech, Vincent Pastore as deep-pocketed mafioso Nick Valenti, Lenny Wolpe as producer Julian Marx, and Betsy Wolfe as David’s neglected girlfriend Ellen.
EW’s got the first exclusive photo of the cast all spiffed up in full costume (designed by Tony-winner William Ivey Long, no less) plus your sneak peek at video from behind the scenes of the glitzy photo shoot, introduced by Braff. One thing is quickly apparent: Bullets Over Broadway will have no shortage of the old school glamour that made Allen’s much-loved movie such a visual treat.
The brand new musical will feature a book by Allen (who directed and co-penned the film with Douglas McGrath) and existing music from the 1920s. The show is set to begin previews on March 11 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre, with opening night on April 10.