In the new tradition of adapting cult films into modern musicals comes another national Broadway touring production — this time with the comedy of Woody Allen.
Bullets Over Broadway combines the madcap plot of a Woody Allen movie with Roaring Twenties music to make for a hilarious show, which stops at the The Academy of Music in Philadelphia October 27-November 1.
As in the film of the same name, young idealistic scribe David Shayne makes a dubious deal to get his play produced. David can obtain the money he needs, as long as he gives a role to the showgirl girlfriend of his mobster financier.
The mobster’s girlfriend comes with a watchful guard, who winds up secretly fixing David’s creaky script. The plot is further complicated by David’s infatuation with his leading lady, whose star power is clearly fading.
Backstage hijinks ensue and are enlivened by 1920s-style Broadway song-and-dance routines. Musical numbers include American Songbook classics such as “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do,” “Running Wild,” and “Let’s Misbehave.”
Bullets Over Broadway received six Tony Award nominations, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Choreography. It’s fun slapstick entertainment where the costumes are as colorful as the over-the-top characters.
Tickets, starting at just $20, are available online.