As someone who has seen almost all of the current shows on Broadway in 2014, I had high hopes for the musical take on Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway. Fortunately for me, these hopes were met and exceeded to the point where my cheeks hurt from laughing, my hands were red from clapping, and I can honestly conclude that this could very well be the best show on Broadway in 2014.
Bullets Over Broadway Review
Inspired by Woody Allen’s 1994 movie of the same name, the Broadway Musical Bullets Over Broadway is as close as you will get to the perfect introduction to professional musical theatre in the capital of entertainment, New York City.
If you’re a musical theatre first timer or even just a first time visitor to New York, this is the perfect way to start your time in the city. Filled with hilarious one-liners and some of the top talent on Broadway, this show is sure to have you leaving wanting more and feeling like you’ve made a good investment in a quality show on Broadway.
Without giving too much away, let’s take a little look inside the Broadway hit…
The show is an old-fashioned insight into Broadway comedy and will leave you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next one-liner to have you in fits of laughter. This is no exaggeration – you’d be hard pressed to not enjoy this type of comedy.
Since the movie is set on Broadway, it comes at no surprise that the show has translated effortlessly onto the stage. But it’s not just the mechanics of the show that make it what it is. “Bullets” is jam-packed with some of Broadway’s most talented performers – notably Zach Braff (TV show Scrubs) as David Shayne, Marin Mazzie as Helen Sinclair, Nick Cordero as Cheech and Helene York as the show’s most ‘love-to-hate and hate-to-love’ character, Olive Neal.
Helene York steals the show with an energetic and dedicated melodramatic performance in her role as Olive Neal – a clear audience favourite. Indeed, it is barely a couple of numbers into the show when she breaks out with a hotdog number that sets the standard for the rest of the show.
It’s all up hill from there…
Bullets Over Broadway
By Woody Allen, based on the screenplay by Mr. Allen and Douglas McGrath; directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; music adaptation and additional lyrics by Glen Kelly; sets by Santo Loquasto; costumes by William Ivey Long; lighting by Donald Holder; sound by Peter Hylenski; hair and wig design by Paul Huntley; makeup design by Angelina Avallone; associate director, Jeff Whiting; associate choreographer, James Gray; animal trainer, William Berloni; music supervision by Mr. Kelly; orchestrations by Doug Besterman; music director/conductor and vocal arrangements by Andy Einhorn; music coordinator, Howard Joines; production stage manager, Rolt Smith; production manager, Aurora Productions; associate producer, Don’t Speak, LLC; company manager, Bruce Klinger; general manager, Richards/Climan, Inc. Presented by Letty Aronson, Julian Schlossberg, Edward Walson, Leroy Schecter, Roy Furman, Broadway Across America, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Jacki Barlia Florin, Harold Newman and Jujamcyn Theaters.
At the St. James Theater, 246 West 44th Street, Manhattan; 212-239-6200, telecharge.com. Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes.
Performers: Brooks Ashmanskas (Warner Purcell), Zach Braff (David Shayne), Nick Cordero (Cheech), Marin Mazzie (Helen Sinclair), Vincent Pastore (Nick Valenti), Betsy Wolfe (Ellen), Lenny Wolpe (Julian Marx), Heléne Yorke (Olive Neal), Karen Ziemba (Eden Brent) and Jim Borstelmann (Vendor, Victim, Ensemble).
World of Wanderlust reviewed this show as a guest of The Broadway Collection – however my opinion is as always, my own. And my opinion is THIS SHOW IS AMAZING!