Photo Flash: NightBlue Performing Arts presents BULLETS OVER BROADWAY
NightBlue Performing Arts's production of Woody Allen's stage musical based on his Academy Award-winning film - a hilarious and high stepping homage to both the gangster films and movie musicals of the 1930's - opened to press on Monday, September 11. The production will run through Sunday, October 8 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago.
NightBlue's production is directed and choreographed by five-time Jeff Award-winner Kevin Bellie, who had similar duties on the company's production of DISNEY'S TARZAN earlier this year and choreographed MARY POPPINS for the company in 2016. Bellie's credits include direction and choreography for dozens of productions by Chicago companies, including Circle Theatre, Light Opera Works, Porchlight and Mercury Theater. Carolyn Brady Riley, who was music director for Circle Theatre's productions of THE WEDDING SINGER, the Jeff-Nominated THE WHO'S TOMMY and MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS will be music director.
Bellie's cast is be led by Cody Ellsworth as the playwright David Shayne, Monica Szaflik as the diva Helen Sinclair, Tim Green as the gangster Nick Valenti and Jonathan Rivera as his henchman, Cheech. Rachel Juncker plays Valenti's girlfriend Olive Neal and Nick Cuellar is the play-within-a-play's beleaguered producer Julian Marx. Also in the cast are Anna Backer, Marcus Boni, Maddie Brunner, Amanda Farmer, David Gallo, Maddy Kelly, Joseph Kuchey, Molly LeCaptain, Shawn Quinlan, Sophia Vitello, and Jack Wright.
The design team for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY includes Bob Knuth (Scenic Designer), Dustin L. Derry (Lighting Designer), David Walters (Costume Designer) and Paul Packer (Properties Designer). Kara Schoenhofer is Co-Choreographer and Ken Schumacher is Technical Director.
Photos by Drew Peterson.
Amanda Farmer and company
Cody Ellsworth, Maddy Kelly and company
Maddy Kelly, Cody Ellsworth
Monica Szaflik, Cody Ellsworth
Rachel Juncker, Sophia Vitello, Cody Ellsworth, Joseph Kuchey;
Jack Wright, Amanda Farmer, Cody Ellsworth, Nick Cuellar
Tim Green, Rachel Juncker
L-R: Rachel Juncker, Marcus Boni, Tim Green, Jonathan Rivera
Rachel Juncker and Atta-Girls