Broadway Winter 2013/Spring 2014 Guide
by Whitney Spaner, 12/10/2013
Zach Braff. Photo: Joan Marcus
Bullets Over Broadway
"I'm an artist and I won't change one word of my play to pander to a commercial Broadway audience," says John Cusack as the struggling playwright David Shayne in Woody Allen's 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway. Shayne does end up sacrificing his creative vision, casting a mobster's girlfriend as his lead to secure funding for his production, but hopefully Allen's original vision will remain intact in his first film-to-stage transfer. The play stars Zach Braff as Shayne and The Sopranos' Vincent "Big Pussy" Pastore as the mobster turned producer. Allen adapted the script of the backstage comedy himself, and Susan Stroman, hot off the fins of the unfortunately disastrous Big Fish, will direct and choreograph the production. The drama takes place in the 1920s and includes classic music from the time period. If all goes well, Bullets may open the door for more Allen films to be transferred to the Great White Way, where the comedian first had a debut in 1960. Out of all the films in the director's expansive repertoire, this glitzy show business satire seems like the best choice to test the waters.
St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St. Previews start March 11; opens April 10.