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BWW Review: Don't Speak!  Just Go See BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at the ParamountBWW Review: Don't Speak! Just Go See BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at the Paramount
by Jay Irwin - Feb 3, 2016

Let me start by saying that I've never seen the original movie of "Bullets Over Broadway" all the way through. I'm just not a Woody Allen fan. So a musical interpretation of it didn't exactly thrill me. So what about the current production turned me around? Was it the story? It's cute but nothing life changing. Was it the music? All the songs are minor adaptations of old standards from the 1920's and 30's so not really. No, it was the cast currently playing at the Paramount that took this fun show and amped it up to zany hilarity and made it an absolute delight. (more...)

BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside Shoots 'Em DeadBWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside Shoots 'Em Dead
by Audrey Liebross - Jan 29, 2016

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY's national tour tour shot over to the Fox Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Riverside for a single performance on January 27th, after a run at the Pantages. The top-notch cast delivered a hilarious night of theatre at the Fox, with fabulous dancing and singing. (more...)

BWW Review: Non-Equity BULLETS OVER BROADWAY National Tour Kills in Fun L.A. PremiereBWW Review: Non-Equity BULLETS OVER BROADWAY National Tour Kills in Fun L.A. Premiere
by Michael L. Quintos - Jan 21, 2016

While certainly far from a perfect show (both in staging and execution), the bus-and-truck version of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY - THE MUSICAL---the quirky and highly-amusing stage musical adaptation of the 1994 big screen comedy penned by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath---is nonetheless a supremely fun and engaging stage iteration had me in stitches for much of its two hilarious acts, which have been enhanced by lots of silly, old-fashioned antics and an array of surprisingly top-notch musical/acting performances from a solid, mostly young cast. I can honestly say that this production---now finishing up its Los Angeles premiere performances at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through January 24---is quite possibly the most enjoyable non-equity first national tour I've watched in a long, long time---a wonderful surprise considering such enterprises have a long, contentious history of enticing lots of industry controversy and skepticism even before the curtain goes up. (more...)

BWW Review: Unexpectedly Entertaining BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Spray Like ConfettiBWW Review: Unexpectedly Entertaining BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Spray Like Confetti
by Don Grigware - Jan 6, 2016

As Helen Sinclair (Emma Stratton) holds her hand over playwright David Shayne's (Michael Williams) mouth (picture above), fans of the 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway are bound to chuckle as they remember the famously unforgettable line spoken by the movie's Helen Sinclair Oscar winner Dianne Weist, 'Don't speak!' Weist, Jennifer Tilly as Olive and Chaz Palminteri as Cheech stole the brilliant film, so when I heard a couple of years ago that they were rehashing this for a Broadway musical, my reaction was 'Sacrilege! Why? Don't tamper with perfection!' Well, they didn't listen to me, obviously, as the musical went forward, and for some sketchy reasons, was a flop on Broadway. Let me tell you, as reluctant as I was to see the musical now onstage at the Pantages through January 24, I am glad I did, for it is actually quite good, with mostly sparkling performances, ingenious choreography recreated from Susan Stroman's original, fabulous costumes by William Ivey Long...and it's faithful to the film. No one dared to touch Woody Allen's uncannily sharp plot, dialogue and laugh lines. Yes, it could have an original score, but what is accomplished with the old standards aiding in moving the story forward, kind of like in Mamma Mia, works damn well. It's fun, ear and eye-filling entertainment! (more...)

Tickets to BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at The Orpheum on Sale 12/18Tickets to BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at The Orpheum on Sale 12/18
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

The Orpheum Theatre announced today that individual tickets for the Memphis premiere of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath (Beautiful) for the 1994 film, will go on sale Friday, December 18 at 10:00 AM. (more...)

CRITIC'S CHOICE: Get Ahead of the Holiday RushCRITIC'S CHOICE: Get Ahead of the Holiday Rush
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 13, 2015

Turkeys are on-sale at your local supermarket, so there's no better way to know Thanksgiving is just around the corner - yep, less than two weeks away! - which means that local theater companies will be unleashing their holiday season productions with enough productions of A Christmas Story (both the musical and the play), It's A Wonderful Life and Ebenezer Scrooge-led shows that you could shake a stick at! (more...)

BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is Boffo in Music CityBWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is Boffo in Music City
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 11, 2015

Gimme a chorus line of gorgeous girls with gams up to here, a tap-dancing mob of darkly handsome wise guys, a serious lady of the theater whose teeth marks may be found all around a stage set - place them amid a whimsical and altogether unbelievable plot as thin as the best of the old-time movie musicals, complete with a score of tuneful hits from the jazz age, then throw 'em a laugh-out-loud funny script by Woody Allen - and I am in musical theater nirvana. (more...)

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Tour Comes to Andrew Jackson Hall This WeekBULLETS OVER BROADWAY Tour Comes to Andrew Jackson Hall This Week
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

The national tour of the new musical comedy BULLETS OVER BROADWAY will make its Nashville premiere at Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall during a limited, one-week engagement tonight, November 10-15, 2015. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 11/09/15Nashville Theater Calendar 11/09/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 8, 2015

Thus, we are happy to present the return of one our most popular features: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2015/16 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come. Something's missing? That's an easy fix: just send us a message here, on Facebook, or by email at jeffreyellis37215@att.com. (more...)

New Musical Comedy Web Series Now Available to StreamNew Musical Comedy Web Series Now Available to Stream
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2015

A new musical web series is underway. "In Retrospect" is a musical comedy web series featuring Dennis and Rita, a couple in marriage counseling, as they rediscover each other in an effort to save their crumbling marriage. (more...)

CRITICS CHOICE: We Could Make BelieveCRITICS CHOICE: We Could Make Believe
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 6, 2015

Halloween's all done in, there are still three weeks ahead before we officially give thanks, and Christmas - and all its accompanying frenzy and frivolity - is about seven weeks away! So what's there to do for all the theatrical types jonesing for a trip to make believe? Plenty! Theater companies all over middle Tennessee are showing off their best and brightest, with a number of eagerly anticipated shows opening this weekend and/or continuing from their earlier opening nights and next Tuesday there's a sparkling new Broadway musical swinging through Music City to entertain you… (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 11/02/15Nashville Theater Calendar 11/02/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 1, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 10/26/15Nashville Theater Calendar 10/26/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 26, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Premiers at Schuster CenterBULLETS OVER BROADWAY Premiers at Schuster Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2015

Victoria Theatre Association welcomes the show-stopping Broadway musical BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, Nov. 3-8, 2015 at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, as part of the 2015-2016 Premier Health Broadway Series. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 10/24/15Nashville Theater Calendar 10/24/15
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 24, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Michael Williams, Emma Stratton & More in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY National TourPhoto Flash: First Look at Michael Williams, Emma Stratton & More in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2015

The national tour of the new musical comedy BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath (Beautiful) for the 1994 film, launched from Cleveland, OH earlier this month, and is currently playing Burlington, Vermont. Below, check out photos from the show below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from BULLETS OVER BROADWAY on Tour!STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from BULLETS OVER BROADWAY on Tour!
by Stage Tube - Oct 21, 2015

The national tour of the new musical comedy BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath (Beautiful) for the 1994 film, launched from Cleveland, OH earlier this month, and is currently playing Burlington, Vermont. Below, check out highlights form the show! (more...)

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Launches National Tour at Playhouse Square TonightBULLETS OVER BROADWAY Launches National Tour at Playhouse Square Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2015

The national tour of the new musical comedy BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath (Beautiful) for the 1994 film, launches in Cleveland, OH at Playhouse Square with performances beginning tonight, October 6, 2015. (more...)

BWW TV: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Hits the Road- Go Inside the Rehearsal Room!BWW TV: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Hits the Road- Go Inside the Rehearsal Room!
by TV - On the Road - Sep 22, 2015

The national tour of the new musical comedy BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath (Beautiful) for the 1994 film, will launch in Cleveland, OH at Playhouse Square with performances beginning October 6, 2015. The company meet the press today, and BroadwayWorld takes you inside the rehearsal room for a sneak peek below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY National Tour Company Meets the Press - Performance Sneak Peek!Photo Coverage: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY National Tour Company Meets the Press - Performance Sneak Peek!
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 21, 2015

The national tour of the new musical comedy BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath (Beautiful) for the 1994 film, will launch in Cleveland, OH at Playhouse Square with performances beginning October 6, 2015. The company meet the press today, and BroadwayWorld brings you photos from their performance preview below! (more...)

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