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Bullets Over Broadway to Make Stage Debut in 2014, More Hollywood Adaptations to Follow

February 12, 2014 by Alyssa

Broadway Debut

The world premiere of the Bullets Over Broadway stage musical is still a couple of months away, but the show is already generating plenty of buzz with an all-star cast and creative team. The show is based on Woody Allen’s 1994 comedy film of the same name, which earned several Oscar nominations including Best Original Screenplay. Allen has also written the book for the forthcoming stage show, which follows a young, inexperienced playwright that forms an unexpectedly fruitful partnership with a creatively gifted—and wealthy—gangster.

Previews for Bullets Over Broadway are scheduled to begin on March 11, and the official opening will take place on April 10. The show will be housed in New York’s St. James Theatre, replacing last year’s limited engagement run of Let It Be. Shop for Bullets Over Broadway tickets through the secure Vivid Seats marketplace to see this hilarious take on Broadway behind the scenes live in the Big Apple.

The Broadway production will be both directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, who has worked on many previous film-to-stage adaptations, among them The Producers, Big Fish, and Young Frankenstein. The Bullets Over Broadway cast also will feature many recognizable names. Former Scrubs star Zach Braff is set to star as playwright David Shayne, and Vincent Pastore will revisit his roots in The Sopranos as the mobster, Cheech. Marin Mazzie and Betsy Wolfe also will appear as Helen Sinclair and Ellen, respectively.

The marriage of Hollywood and Broadway has long been a mutually beneficial relationship for both entertainment spheres. Find more examples of popular stage productions that borrow and benefit from film highlighted below.

Broadway Previews Begin Feb. 13 for Rocky the Musical
Rocky the Musical is set to make its Broadway debut when the first U.S. previews begin on Feb. 13 at the Winter Garden Theatre. Previews were originally scheduled to begin on the 11th, but the date was pushed back due to some technical difficulties. Andy Karl—who has also appeared in Broadway’s Jersey Boys and Wicked—stars in the title role, while Margo Seibert will make her Broadway debut as Adrian. The show officially opens on March 13.

Chicago the Musical Still Going Strong on Broadway
Chicago the Musical is unique on this list in that this production inspired its film adaptation, the 2002 Academy Award winner starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere. One of Broadway’s longest-running musicals of all time, this revival premiered in 1996 and is still going strong at the Ambassador Theatre. If you can’t make it to New York, the show also has a touring production with a rotating cast, including Seinfeld regular John O’Hurley as Billy Flynn in select cities.

Back to the Future Musical to Open in London in 2015
On Jan. 31, producers confirmed that this popular ‘80s film franchise would be adapted for the stage, just in time for the 30th anniversary of the first Back to the Future. The London production—set to open sometime next year—will be helmed by many key players from the film, including director Robert Zemeckis, writer Bob Gale, and composer Alan Silvestri. There’s no word yet on whether or not the production will make its way to Broadway.

More Silver Screen Stars Headed to the Stage
In a limited 14-week engagement, Denzel Washington will star in Lorraine Hansberry’s masterpiece, A Raisin in the Sun, at the Barrymore Theatre. Previews begin March 8, and the show runs through June 15. In other notable news, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is currently appearing as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way at Neil Simon Theatre, while over at the Belasco Theatre, Neil Patrick Harris is preparing to start previews for Hedwig and the Angry Inch on March 29. You also can find Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway from April 12-July 20 in The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Cort Theatre.

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