BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Begins Previews at St. James Theatre Tonight; Meet the Cast!
The world premiere production of the brand new musical comedy Bullets Over Broadway, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film, will begin preview performances tomorrow, March 11 and officially open Thursday, April 10, 2014 at The St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street). The new musical will be directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman.
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Producers Letty Aronson and Julian Schlossberg today announced a General Rush policy for preview performances of Bullets Over Broadway. For each preview, a limited number of orchestra Rush tickets will be available each morning when the box office opens at 10 AM. Rush tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis for $37 each, with a limit of two tickets per person.
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY tells the story of an aspiring young playwright (Braff) newly arrived on Broadway in 1920's New York who is forced to cast a mobster's (Pastore) talentless girlfriend (Yorke) in his latest drama in order to get it produced.
Broadway: Promises, Promises (Rob Ashford, director), Present Laughter(Nicholas Martin, dir.), The Ritz (Joe Mantello, dir.), Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (Scott Wittman, dir; Tony®, Drama Desk nominations), The Producers (Susan Stroman, dir.), Gypsy (Sam Mendes, dir.), Little Me (Rob Marshall, dir.), Dream (Wayne Cilento, dir.), How To Succeed... (1996; Des McAnuff, dir.). OFF-BROADWAY: Wise Guys (Sam Mendes, dir.), On A Clear Day... (Mark Brokaw, dir.), Labor Day (Jack O'Brien, dir.), London Suite (Daniel Sullivan, dir.), Songs For A New World (Daisy Prince, dir.). REGIONAL: Ford's, Mark Taper, A.C.T., Williamstown, Huntington, McCarter, Hartford, Kennedy Center, Old Globe, Arena, Hangar. TOURS:Cinderella, Noises Off. FILM: Julie And Julia (Nora Ephron, dir.). TV: The Good Wife. BA from Bennington College.
Zach Braff will make his Broadway debut in the world premiere musical adaptation of Bullets Over Broadway. He most recently starred in the London premiere of his own play All New People. New York stage experience includes roles in Paul Weitz's play Trust at Second Stage and Public Theater's productions of Twelfth Night and Macbeth directed by George C. Wolfe. His feature film writing and directorial debut, Garden State, premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and earned him a coveted WGA nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The film also received the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature as well as a nomination for Best First Screenplay. In addition, Braff was awarded Best Directorial Debut by the National Board of Review, Breakthrough Director by the Hollywood Film Festival and Most Promising Filmmaker by the Chicago Film Critics Association. Braff was recently seen in the Disney film Oz the Great and Powerful and is currently shooting the independent film Wish I Was Here, which he wrote (with his brother Adam Braff) and will star in alongside Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad. Braff was nominated for a 2005 Primetime Emmy Award® and a 2005, 2006 and 2007 Golden Globe Award® for his portrayal of "Dr. John 'J.D.' Dorian" in NBC's comedy Scrubs. Film credits include roles in The Broken Hearts Club, Getting To Know You, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Dreamworks' The Last Kiss and The Weinstein Company's The Ex. Zach is a native of New Jersey and graduate of Northwestern University's Film Program. His world premiere play All New People debuted at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre and on The West End. He has his pilot's license and is a relatively decent swimmer.
Broadway: Rock Of Ages ("Dennis"). Off-Broadway: The Toxic Avenger("Toxie"). Tours: Rock Of Ages (1st Nat'l). Regional: The Toxic Avenger(George St. Playhouse), Little Shop of Horrors (KCRep), Pirates Of Penzance (BRT). Other select credits: The Last 5 Years, Equus, Blood Brothers, City Of Angels, Evita. TV/Film: Queer As Folk (Showtime).
Critically acclaimed actress and singer Marin Mazzie has been heard in many of the country's major symphony halls, cabaret and concert venues and has starred in some of the most memorable musicals on the Broadway stage and London's West End. She most recently co-starred in the Off-Broadway revival of Carrie (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominations) and starred on Broadway in Next to Normal opposite real life husband Jason Danieley. Marin received Tony® and Drama Desk Award nominations and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance as "Lilli/Katharine" in the hit revival of Kiss Me, Kate and later received an Olivier Award nomination when she made her West End debut in the show. Other Broadway credits include Enron, Monty Python's Spamalot (also West End), Ragtime (Tony®, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics nominations),Passion (Tony® nomination), Man of La Mancha, Into the Woods, Big River, and Out of this World and Kismet (both for Encores!). Other Off-Broadway credits include The Vagina Monologues, The Trojan Women: A Love Story and And the World Goes 'Round (also National Tour).
Vincent Pastore made his Broadway debut as "Amos Hart" in the long running hit musical Chicago. He recently appeared in the regional production of Guys and Dolls with the Indiana Symphony Orchestra as narrator "Big Julie" and as narrator "Fat Frankie" in The Rascals: Once Upon A Dream. Off Broadway credits include Lampost Reunion, Golden Boy and Italian Bred. He is the author of the full length play Wild Childrenwhich enjoyed a sold out run at the Nyack Village Theater. Recent television credits include: The Sopranos (HBO), Blue Bloods (CBS),Celebrity Apprentice (NBC), The Practice (ABC), Law & Order (NBC),General Hospital (ABC), Dellaventura (CBS), One Life to Live (ABC), Repo Man, Stealing for a Living (TLC). Made for television movies include Gotti(HBO), Witness to the Mob (NBC). Upcoming movies include The Familywith Robert DeNiro, Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn, Oy Vey My Son is Gay, I Married a Church Girl. Other film credits include Made, The Hurricane, Jerky Boys, Two Family House, Serving Sara, Deuces Wild,Looking for Palladin, Corky Romano, This Thing of Ours, Riding in Cars with Boys, Mickey Blue Eyes, Revolver.
Betsy Wolfe created the role of "Rosa Bud" in the Tony Award® nominated Roundabout revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood this season, and most recently played "Cathy" in the box office record-breaking Off-Broadway revival of The Last 5 Years at Second Stage. Other New York roles include "Beth" in Merrily We Roll Along at Encores. She created the role of "Mary Ann Singleton" in ACT's World Premiere of Tales of the City, a musical based on Armistead Maupin's novels, with music by the Scissor Sisters. Before Drood, she was last seen on Broadway in Everyday Rapture with Sherie Rene Scott, a show she also performed Off-Broadway in 2009. Other Broadway credits include 110 in the Shade at Studio 54, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Wonderful Life. Ms. Wolfe starred in the San Francisco and Boston companies of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Regional credits include Tommy ("Mrs. Walker") at Dallas Theatre Center, Ragtime ("Evelyn Nesbitt") at Paper Mill Playhouse. She has been a guest artist for over 30 symphony, pops, and philharmonic orchestras across the U.S. and internationally, including most recently a Carnegie Hall appearance with Steven Reineke. Ms. Wolfe was a guest soloist for the New York City Ballet where she performed at Lincoln Center and at The Coliseum in London. Recent and upcoming releases include The Last 5 Years, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Stage Door Canteen, 35MM, Merrily We Roll Along, Everyday Rapture, 110 in the Shade. She holds a BFA in musical theatre from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. (CCM). www.betsywolfe.com
Lenny Wolpe is currently starring in the hit Off-Broadway comedy Old Jews Telling Jokes. Broadway: Wicked ("Wizard"), The Drowsy Chaperone,The Sound of Music, Mayor, Copperfield, Into the Light, Onward Victoria. National tours: Wicked, Little Shop of Horrors, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, South Pacific, Guys & Dolls. Regional: Paper Mill, Goodspeed, St Louis Rep, Denver Center, Pasadena, Pioneer, Westport, Reprise L.A., McCarter. TV: series regular Baby Talk, You're The One, 100 guest spots, from L.A. Law, ER, 6 Feet Under, to Roseanne,Golden Girls, Chappelle's Show.
Broadway: Grease ("Marty"). Off Broadway: Walmartopia (Minetta Lane),What's That Smell... (Atlantic Theater Company); TV: 30 Rock (NBC), A Gifted Man (CBS), I Just Want My Pants Back, (MTV), Louie (FX), and Showtime's upcoming series Masters of Sex. Film: Wifed Out, Darkroom. BFA in Musical Theatre, The University of Michigan.
Broadway: Contact (Tony Award®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award), Curtains (Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony® nomination), Steel Pier (Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Never Gonna Dance (Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony® nomination), Chicago,Crazy For You, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Teddy & Alice. Off-Broadway:Heresy (The Flea Theater), Happy Birthday (TACT), And the World Goes 'Round (Drama Desk Award), I Do! I Do! (Drama Desk nomination). New York City Opera: 110 in the Shade, The Most Happy Fella. New York City Center Encores!: Allegro, Bye Bye Birdie, The Pajama Game, Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, On Your Toes. Regional: Six Degrees of Separation,Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, The First Wives Club, A Room with a View (Old Globe, San Diego), Much Ado About Nothing(Shakespeare Theatre, DC/Hartford Stage), Sylvia (Long Wharf), The Three Penny Opera (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Steel Magnolias (Cape May Stage), Boeing-Boeing (Riverside Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Opera Theatre of St. Louis w/ St. Louis Symphony), Hello Dolly (Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Chicago). Television and film: The Producers, Scrubs, Once More With Feeling, several episodes of the many New York Law & Order series,The Kennedy Center Honors, and for PBS' Great Performances: My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, Gershwin at 100 and Stephen Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall.
Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, Wicked,Hairspray, Oklahoma! and The Music Man ("Tommy Djilas") 2000 Astaire Award Winner. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz ("Juan"). National Tours: A Chorus Line ("Mike"). Other Theatre: On The Town ("Ozzie") at Barrington Stage Co., Film/ T.V: The Music Man ("Tommy Djilas").
Jim was last seen playing "Alf Reeves" in Chaplin The Musical. He is marking his 17th straight year performing on Broadway with this production and is beyond grateful! Starting as a dancer in Jerome Robbins Broadway, shows include Chicago, The Producers, Young Frankenstein andThe Addams Family. Films include Center Stage, Broadway: The Golden Years and The Producers.
PRESTON TRUMAN BOYD
Preston was most recently seen on Broadway in Susan Stroman's Big Fish. National tour: Jersey Boys ("Bob Gaudio"), Young Frankenstein ("The Monster"). Regional: Frog Kiss ("Claus") VSC, various roles at The Muny and KCS. Working the Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Scotland; NFAA winner with Placido Domingo. Television: Guiding Light. CCM grad. Love to Dad, Mom, Haley and Sydney. XO Gage and Tara! www.prestontrumanboyd.com
Broadway: How The Grinch Stole Christmas. National Tours: "Mrs. Wilkinson" in Billy Elliot, 9 to 5 The Musical. Off-Broadway: "Sandy" in Fat Camp The Musical, Forbidden Broadway Rude Awakening cast recording and 2008 Drama Desk Award, Happiness at Lincoln Center. 2011 NYMF Award for Best Individual Performance in Madame X.
Broadway: Original company Big Fish ("Dancing Fire," u/s "The Witch," "Jenny Hill"), Chicago ("Roxie Hart," "Mona," "Hunyak"), Original companyThe Frogs ("Charisma"), Original company The Producers ("Usherette"),Fosse (Featured Ensemble). Film: The Producers ("Usherette"). Television:Curb your Enthusiasm, Kennedy Center Honors (Mel Brooks). EMI recording artist. Love to Chris and my girls Ava and London.
Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes. Encores: Bells Are Ringing. Regional: MTWs Kiss Me Kate ("Lois/Bianca"), The Producers("Ulla"), Curtains ("Bambi"), Smokey Joe's Café ("Delee"). Education: OCU.
Broadway: How to Succeed... ("Hedy La Rue"), Cinderella. Nat'l tours: A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty..., Little Women ("Jo"), Aida. Regional/Workshops: Honeymoon in Vegas ("Tony's Showgirl;" Papermill),Drowsy Chaperone ("Janet;" NCT), Cabaret ("Sally Bowles;" MGR), Tuck Everlasting ("Rose"). For my boys who bring me joys-Adam and Henry. Eph. 3:14-20.
Beyond thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY. Past performances include West Side Story First National Tour ("Diesel," "Riff" U/S), Bare Off-Broadway ("Zack") and numerous regional performances. Many thanks to Susan Stroman and the creative team for this incredible opportunity, everyone at The Mine and my supportive family.
Kelcy is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut! Chicago native and University of Michigan graduate. Off-Broadway: The City Club (Minneta Lane). Tours: Dreamgirls ("Michelle" U/S), Memphis ("Felicia" U/S). Television: Power (Starz), Blue Bloods (CBS). Love to her parents, Nicholas and Judy Boals Inc. Always believe!
Broadway: Cinderella (ensemble/swing). Regional: Music Theatre of Wichita - Mary Poppins ("Bert" u/s). Recent graduate of The University of Oklahoma.
SARAH LIN JOHNSON
Broadway/NYC- 42nd Street, Radio City Rockettes. Tours/Regional- Young Frankenstein 1st National, Spamalot 1st National, Carnival! (The Kennedy Center), Hello, Dolly!, The Producers, Singin' in the Rain. Thanks to Stro, Tara Rubin, James and my BULLETS friends for this amazing experience. Love to mom, dad, and my awesome husband Shane.
Broadway: Cinderella (u/s "Topher"). International Tour: West Side Story("Riff"). Regional: The Muny, NSMT, Maltz Jupiter. Proud University of Michigan graduate. Big thanks to the creative team, Andy, Tara Rubin, my supportive friends and my wonderful mothers. Love to Audrey.
AMANDA KLOOTS LARSEN
Broadway: Follies, Young Frankenstein, Good Vibrations. London: Paradise Found. Tours (Original Cast): Young Frankenstein, Spamalot, 42nd Street. RCMH Rockette. Regional: The Producers, Carnival, Follies. Thank you Stro! Love to my family and husband David. Check out my website if you love desserts, www.justdessertsnyc.com. Joshua 1:9. Twitter:@blondiejdnyc.
Kevin appeared on Broadway in The Phantom Of The Opera, Sister Act,Finian's Rainbow, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Kiss Me Kate, 1776and The Secret Garden. Other Highlights: "Nicely" in Guys And Dolls(National Tour, Jeff Award-Best Supporting Actor), Forbidden Broadway(Off-Bway), four City Center Encores productions and "Pirelli" in Sweeney Todd (Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration).
Thrilled to be joining this incredible cast! Broadway: Big Fish, How To Succeed.... First National Tour: Young Frankenstein ("Inga"). NYC: Radio City Rockette. Television: Smash. Thanks to Stro, Tara Rubin and the entire BULLETS team. All my love to Mom, Dad and Keith.
Broadway: Anything Goes, Follies, Curtains. National tours: Young Frankenstein, Dr. Dolittle, and The Will Rogers Follies. Radio City Rockette and UNCSA graduate.
(Ensemble; Sheldon Flender)
Broadway: Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, A Tale of Two Cities, The Full Monty, Urinetown. Off-Broadway: Far From Heaven, Dogfight, Happiness,Closer Than Ever, Silence! TV/Film: Fair Game, Construction, The Warrior and Savior, Royal Pains, Onion News Network, Law and Order: C.I., The Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Proud member AEA.www.JamesMoye.com.
BETH JOHNSON NICELY
Broadway: Young Frankenstein, Spamalot, White Christmas, 42nd Street(1st Nat'l). Encores! On Your Toes. Favorite Regional: Minsky's(Ahmanson), Robin & 7 Hoods (Old Globe), The Muny. Radio City Rockette. TV: 30 Rock, SNL, Jimmy Fallon. Check out www.JustDessertsNYC.com! Love to Mom and Adam. Thanks to Tara Rubin & Stro! @browniejdnyc
Broadway/NYC: The Scottsboro Boys (Asst. Dir/Chor), Chaplin, The Apple Tree, Happiness (Lincoln Center), Stairway to Paradise (Encores!), Face the Music (Encores!). London: The Scottsboro Boys. Tours: The Boy Friend("Bobby") and Casper starring Chita Rivera. TV/Film: Kennedy Center Honors 2010: Mel Brooks Tribute and Pittsburgh. CCM graduate.
Broadway: Cinderella (u/s "Lord Pinkleton," "Jean-Michel"), A Chorus Line("Al," revival), Irving Berlin's White Christmas (orig. cast, u/s "Phil Davis"),42nd Street (u/s "Billy Lawlor"). Tours/Regional: Jersey Boys (u/s "Bob Gaudio"), A Light in the Piazza ("Fabrizio"), Mame (Kennedy Center), 13 MUNY productions including "Action" in West Side Story and "Tulsa" inGypsy. Graduate: Webster Conservatory in St. Louis.