The Susan Stroman-helmed musical adaptation of Woody Allen's Academy Award-nominated film Bullets Over Broadway will open on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in April 2014, producers have announced.
Five-time Tony Award winner Stroman (Big Fish, The Scottsboro Boys, The Producers) is set to direct and choreograph the musical based on Allen's 1994 film, which was cowritten with Douglas McGrath. The musical will use pre-existing songs from the period in which the musical takes place.
Producers are Letty Aronson and Julian Schlossberg.
The design team includes Santo Loquasto (set design), William Ivey Long (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Glen Kelly (musical arrangements), Doug Besterman (orchestrations), and Peter Hylenski (sound design).
Bullets Over Broadway focuses on an aspiring playwright who discovers that his play God of Our Fathers is getting a Broadway production thanks to a rich gangster who has taken a sudden interest in being a producer. The only glitch is that his dim-witted moll has to take one of the lead roles.
The original film featured John Cusack as the playwright David Shayne, Dianne Wiest as actress Helen Sinclair, Chaz Palminteri as mobster Cheech, and Jennifer Tilly as mob doll Olive Neal. Wiest won the Academy Award for her performance.
Allen's many films include Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Crimes and Misdemeanors. His plays include Don't Drink the Water, God, The Floating Light Bulb, and Writer's Block. He was most recently represented on Broadway in the 2011-2012 season with Relatively Speaking.