Broadway In Chicago Announces Casting for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Tix On Sale Friday Feb. 19
Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce that individual tickets for the Chicago premiere of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath (Beautiful) for the 1994 film, will go on sale on Friday, February 19. The staged production of this worldwide smash-hit film will play the newly named The PrivateBank Theatre (18 W. Monroe) April 19 through May 1, 2016.
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY features Michael Williams as “David Shayne,” Emma Stratton as “Helen Sinclair,” Jeff Brooks as “Cheech,” Bradley Allan Zarr as “Warner Purcell,” Michael Corvino as “Nick Valenti,” Hannah Rose DeFlumeri as “Ellen,” Rick Grossman as “Julian Marx,” Jemma Jane as “Olive Neal” and Rachel Bahler as “Eden Brent.”
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY will also feature Blaire Baker, Mary Callahan, Jake Corcoran, Elizabeth Dugas, Carissa Fiorillo, Patrick Graver, Andrew Hendrick, Lainee Hunter, Justin Jutras, Brian Martin,Conor McGiffin, Andrew Metzgar, Corinne Munsch, Kaylee Olson, Joey Ortolani, Kelly Peterson,Lexie Plath and Ian Saunders.
The tour is helmed by director Jeff Whiting, who worked on the Broadway production of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, which was originally directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award®winner Susan Stroman. Clare Cook will recreate Stroman’s dynamic, Tony nominated choreography.
The creative team also includes Jason Ardizzone-West (scenic design), six-time Tony Award® winner William Ivey Long’s original Broadway costumes coordinated by James Halliday, Carolyn Wong (tour lighting design and adaption, based on the original Broadway lighting design by Donald Holder),Shannon Slaton (sound design) and Bernie Ardia (wig and hair design) with Glen Kelly (music arranger, adaption and additional lyrics), Andy Einhorn (vocal arranger), Doug Besterman(orchestrations) and Robbie Cowan (music director and conductor). BULLETS OVER BROADWAYfeatures existing music of the period, including “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do,” “Let’s Misbehave,” I’m Sitting On Top Of The World” and “Runnin’ Wild.”
A playwright who needs someone to back his next show. A mobster who needs some way to please his showgirl girlfriend. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship – or a brand new musical comedy! Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the 20s roar, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY brings musical comedy back with a bang!
Hailed by Time Magazine as, “Musical Theatre Gold!” and described as “A Fun Machine from Start to Finish!” by The New Yorker, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY tells the story of an aspiring young playwright newly arrived on Broadway in 1920’s New York who is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.
The original production of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY premiered on Broadway last season at the St. James Theatre with performances beginning on March 11, 2014 and an official opening on April 10, 2014. The production received six Tony-Award® nominations, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Choreography.
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Tickets for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at The PrivateBank Theatre range from $19 – $85. A select number of premium tickets are available for many performances. Group tickets for 10 or more are available by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
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Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 16 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country. A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining well up to 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including its newly named The PrivateBank Theatre, the Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.
CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES
WOODY ALLEN (Book) has written and directed in the theater on a number of occasions, his projects include: Death Defying Acts and Writer’s Block amongst others.
SUSAN STROMAN (Original Director/Choreographer). A five-time Tony Award® winning director and choreographer, her work in the Broadway production of Bullets Over Broadway was recognized with a Tony Award® nomination for Best Choreography. She has been honored with Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and a record five Astaire Awards. In 2014 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut, directing and choreographing The Merry Widow, starring Renée Fleming. Most recently she directed and choreographed the new musical Little Dancer for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She directed and choreographed The Producers, winner of a record-making 12 Tony Awards® including Best Direction and Best Choreography. Her Tony Award® nominated direction and choreography for the critically acclaimed musical The Scottsboro Boys continues to garner praise, with her recent productions at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, the Ahmanson Theatre, and for the Young Vic in London’s West End, where it was honored with the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. She co-created, directed and choreographed the Tony Award® winning musical Contact for Lincoln Center Theater, which was honored with a 2003 Emmy Award® for “Live at Lincoln Center”. Other Broadway credits include Big Fish, Crazy for You, Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Young Frankenstein, The Frogs, The Music Man, Thou Shalt Not, Steel Pier, Big, Picnic. Off-Broadway credits include Happiness for Lincoln Center Theater, Flora the Red Menace, And the World Goes ‘Round and The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville starring Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac. For ten years she choreographed Madison Square Garden’s annual spectacular A Christmas Carol. At New York City Opera she choreographed A Little Night Music, 110 in the Shade, and Don Giovanni. For New York City Ballet, she created Double Feature and For the Love of Duke. Her other ballet credits include But Not For Me for the Martha Graham Company and Take Five…More or Less for Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her choreography received an Emmy Award® nomination for the HBO presentation “Liza – Live from Radio City Music Hall,” starring Liza Minnelli. Other TV credits include co-conceiver/choreographer for PBS’s “Sondheim – a Celebration at Carnegie Hall,” “An Evening with the Boston Pops – A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein” and the “2009 Kennedy Center Honors.” She received the American Choreography Award for her work in Columbia Pictures feature film Center Stage. She directed and choreographed The Producers: The Movie Musical, nominated for 4 Golden Globes®. She is the recipient of the George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater and a 2014 Inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame.
JEFF WHITING (Director). BROADWAY: Bullets Over Broadway (Associate Director), The Scottsboro Boys (Associate Director), Hair (Associate Director), Wicked (Fifth Anniversary), Young Frankenstein(Assistant Choreographer), Big Fish (Associate Director). NATIONAL TOURS: Young Frankenstein(Director), Hairspray (Associate Director), The Producers (Associate Director). CONCERTS: James Taylor Live (Director Carnegie Hall). INTERNATIONAL: Hairspray (Brazilian Production), Jersey Boys(West End), Mickey Mouse Club (India), Disney’s Magical Moments (Brazil). REGIONAL: The Scottsboro Boys (The Old Globe/ The Ahmanson/ ACT/ Philadelphia Theatre), Little Dancer (Kennedy Center), Thrill Me: Leopold and Loeb. Jeff is the Artistic Director of The Open Jar Institute, dedicated to theatre training. He is also the creator of Stage Write, the revolutionary app for directors and choreographers which has been dubbed by SDC as the ‘new standard method for documentation of staging and choreography’.
CLARE COOK (Choreographer). Past projects include Bullets Over Broadway (SDC Observer to Susan Stroman), Mother Jones (NYMF), FIREBIRD (Acadiana Symphony), Show Me Real (NYMF), Touching Loss (Triskelion Arts), Under My Skin (DANCENOW Festival at Joe’s Pub), Jack Perry is Alive and Dating (NYMF), Rusalka and One
Opera Guild, and a teaching artist at Dancewave Brooklyn. Clare is the Artistic Director of Clare Cook Dance Theater through which she creates original dance theater works. MFA in Dance from NYU. www.claremcook.com
WILLIAM IVEY LONG (Costume Designer). Current Broadway: On the Twentieth Century and Chicago, now in its 19th year! Other Broadway Credits include: Bullets over Broadway, Cabaret, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Pal Joey, Grey Gardens; The Producers, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Boy from Oz, Hairspray, Contact, The Music Man, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, A Christmas Carol, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor, Nine. Recent Off-Broadway productions include Bunty Berman Presents; Lucky Guy and The School for Lies. He most recently designed the world premiere of Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center, and made his Metropolitan Opera debut with his designs for The Merry Widow. Mr. Long has been nominated for 14 Tony Awards, winning 6 times. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005, and elected Chairman of The American Theatre Wing in June, 2012. www.williamiveylong.com
DONALD HOLDER (Original Lighting Design). Broadway: Over 40 productions, including The Lion Kingand South Pacific (Tony Awards), The King and I, On The Twentieth Century, You Can’t Take It With You, Spiderman Turn Off The Dark, Bullets Over Broadway , The Bridges Of Madison County, Golden Boy, Big Fish, Come Fly Away, Ragtime, Movin’ Out, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and The Boy From Oz.Off Broadway: Over 100 productions, including the premieres of Heisenberg, Blood and Gifts, Happiness, A Man of No Importance, Jitney, Sight Unseen, Observe The Sons of Ulster…., The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, The American Plan, Spunk, and Three Days of Rain . Resident Theatre: Center Stage, Arena Stage, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Williamstown Theatre Festival, many others. Television: Smash – Seasons One and Two (NBC- Dreamworks).
CAROLYN WONG (Tour Lighting Designer and Adaption). Recent New York work includes She Dreams in Code and Lichtung (BAC, Liz Gerring), Written on Water (The Joyce, Pontus Lidberg Dance), When Everything Was Possible (NY City Center; Larry Moss, Dir.) History includes touring with Shen Wei Dance Arts, the Parsons Dance Company, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, LeeSaar/The Company, and the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. Her work can be seen in the repertories of TU Dance, Liz Gerring Dance, Sally Silvers & Co, Nai-Ni Chen Dance, Nejla Yatkin, Daniel Gwirtzman, Juliana F. May, and Roxane Butterfly. Recent Broadway work includes assisting on the Broadway productions of On the Twentieth Century, You Can’t Take It With You, Bullets Over Broadway, The Glass Menagerie and Annie. She is an alumna of Oberlin College, and a native of San Francisco.
SHANNON SLATON (Sound Designer) has designed many national tours including: Shrek, Hairspray,The Producers, Kiss Me Kate, Noise/Funk, The Full Monty, Contact, A Chorus Line, Tap Dogs, Sweeney Todd, The Wizard of Oz, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wedding Singer, and Elf. He was also the Production Sound on Wicked and the Production Sound for The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and the US National tour. Additional shows he has mixed on Broadway include: Man of La Mancha,Bombay Dreams, Sweet Charity, Jersey Boys, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spring Awakening, Fela!, Anything Goes, Annie, Legally Blonde, and Cabaret.
BERNIE ARDIA (Wig & Hair Designer) has enjoyed a 30-year career, starting in television. Mr. Ardia has designed over 75 productions including the current NETworks tour Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. This production of NETworks new tour of Bullets Over Broadway is another exciting adventure. Other credits : Ragtime, The Kennedy Center; Elf The Musical; Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables; Kiss of the Spider Woman with Chita Rivera; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express in Las Vegas; and Cinderella with Eartha Kitt. Mr. Ardia is proud to have worked with many talented performers in his career including Jeanne Cooper, Ramin Karimloo, Anita Gillette, Mary Louise Wilson, Lynda Carter, Makenzie Philips and even Judge Judy! He is also the author of Barbra Streisand in New York City.
JAMES HALLIDAY (Costume Coordinator) has been a proud member of the NETworks family since 1999, having designed or coordinated dozens of National Tours. With Santo Loquasto, Jimm won the 2010 Helen Hayes Award for the acclaimed production of Ragtime at the Kennedy Center and has been the Resident Costume Designer at New York’s Mac-Haydn Theatre for the past 31 years.
GLEN KELLY (Music Arranger) arranged music and wrote original lyrics for Bullets Over Broadway. He supervised and arranged Mel Brooks’ The Producers and Young Frankenstin. Other credits include;Something Rotten!, Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Book of Mormon, A Christmas Story, The Scottsboro Boys and Aladdin. He won the New York Drama Desk Award for his original score to The Nance.
ANDY EINHORN (Music Supervisor). Broadway (music director/conductor): Bullets Over Broadway (OBCR), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (
DOUG BESTERMAN (Orchestrations). Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway, Rocky, On a Clear Day…, Elf, How to Succeed…, Sister Act, Young Frankenstein, Tarzan, Thorough
ROBBIE COWAN (Music Director/Conductor). National Tours: Anything Goes, Shrek, Elf, Damn Yankees! Regional: New London Barn Playhouse, Ray of Light Theatre SF, Midtown Arts Center, and others. MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; BA, Gonzaga University. Born and raised in Anchorage, AK. Thanks to the fam and Elliott. www.robbiecowan.com
RACHEL BAHLER (Eden) Thrilled to be here! Tours: Jekyll & Hyde; NYC: Into the Woods (Stage 23), Hadestown (NYSF), Alice: A New Musical (MITF). TV: “Pan Am” (ABC), “Little Britain USA” (HBO). Web: “NEDTS!” “Dating & Auditioning. “ UCB: Advanced study. BFA in Musical Theatre, University of Michigan. www.rachelbahler.com
JEFFREY BROOKS (Cheech) National Tours: Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (Gaston), Oklahoma! (u/s Jud), Off B-way: Parenting 101, Favorites include: Carousel (Billy Bigelow), Chicago (Billy Flynn), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf). Jeff is a proud graduate of SUNY Cortland.
MICHAEL CORVINO (Nick Valenti) Since his professional operatic debut in 1997, Michael Corvino has performed throughout the USA, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Corvino was praised by the New York Times for his work as Tony Esposito in The Most Happy Fella. Mr. Corvino has been a principal artist at the Metropolitan Opera and Chicago Lyric.
HANNAH ROSE DEFLUMERI (Ellen) Hannah is elated to be on the road with Bullets! National Tour: Legally Blonde (Vivienne). Regional: Les Miserables (Eponine), Cats (Grizabella),
RICK GROSSMAN (Julian Marx) Rick is a NY based actor/director recently seen in the national tour of Man of La Mancha (Sancho), has previously toured in Enter Laughing, Come Blow Your Horn andMilk & Honey. Rick won acclaim for his role Off-Broadway in Harry & Eddie: The Birth of Israel (Eddie Jacobson) and appeared in several other OB shows including Damn Yankees (Applegate) for Lincoln Center Outdoors. Regional: Fiddler (Tevye), 177
JEMMA JANE (Olive Neal) Jemma is a recent graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC; prior to this Jemma performed a multitude of shows in Australia including Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Cabaret, Miss Saigon, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Rent. She also studied at institutions in Sydney such as the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney Dance Company and The Screen Actors Workshop. Jemma is ecstatic to be joining the cast for this First National Tour of Bullets Over Broadway!
EMMA STRATTON (Helen Sinclair) National Tour: Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney) Regional: Kiss Me, Kate (Kate), Into The Woods (Baker’s Wife), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Single Wide NYMF (Katy).www.emmastratton.com
MICHAEL WILLIAMS (David Shayne) Michael is thrilled to be a part of this tour beyond words! Favorite credits include: Mary Poppins (Bert), Red (Ken), Spr
BRADLEY ALLAN ZARR (Warner Purcell, Dance Captain). National Tours: The Drowsy Chaperone(Robert Martin), Catch Me If You Can (1st), Spamalot, and Kathleen Marshall’s Anything Goes. Heaps of gratitude to the entire Bullets tea Harold & Cyd at CLA, and Andrea at Stewart/Whitley. AMDA Grad. www.bradleyallanzarr.com.
BLAIRE BAKER (Ensemble) National Tours: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Other credits include Camelot and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Theatre Under the Stars, The Will Rogers Follies (Betty Blake), Miracle on 34th Street (Doris) and My Way (Woman 1). BFA, University of Arizona. www.blairebaker.com
MARY CALLAHAN (Ensemble) Mary is thrilled to be a #bulletsbabe in this incredible show! Favorite credits include Sugar Babies (workshop), The Producers (Engeman Theater), and Funny Girl (Riverside Theatre). She’s also danced for music videos, commercials, live concerts, and fashion week. When not dancing, she’s writing about it: marylesliecallahan.wordpress.
JAKE CORCORAN (Ensemble) Jake recently a graduate from the University of Northern Colorado is thrilled to be on his first national tour! Professional credits: Curtains (Brick) at the Arvada Center, Altar Boyz (Choreographer/ swing), and Swing! (Featured dancer/ Dance captain) at Little Theatre of the Rockies.
ELIZABETH DUGAS (Ensemble) Elizabeth is thrilled to be performing another one of Susan Stroman’s genius productions, this time as a member of the Ensemble and Olive U/S! Professional Credits in NYC include numerous productions at The Metropolitan Opera, The Orion Experience& The Awesome 80s Prom (The Heathers U/S). Regionally: The Will Rogers Follies (Ensemble) & Red Hot Broadway(Ensemble). She can also be seen in numerous commercials and music videos.www.elizabethdugas.com
CARISSA FIORILLO (Ensemble) Carissa is a Florida native, currently living in NYC. She is thrilled to be joining the cast of Bullets Over Broadway! Credits: Radio City Rockette (CAA), Guys and Dolls Nat’l Tour (Ensemble/Dance Captain/Swing).
PATRICK GRAVER (Ensemble) Patrick is absolutely thrilled to be on tour again! National tours: West Side Story (Diesel/Riff, u/s; Tony, u/s). Regional favorites: White Christmas (Phil Davis), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), A Chorus Line (Mark), and Sweeney Todd (Anthony Hope). BFA: Penn State University.
ANDREW HENDRICK (Ensemble) NETworks debut. Past Tours; Jekyll and Hyde (Bishop). New York/Regional; Little Mermaid (Chef Louis), Les Miserables, Spelling Bee (Barfee), Seussical (
LAINEE HUNTER (Ensemble) First National Tour! Lainee, a California native, is thrilled to be joining the talented cast of Bullets Over Broadway!
JUSTIN JUTRAS (Ensemble) National Tours: 1st National of The Wedding Singer (Sammy), Grease starring Frankie Avalon (Doody). Regional: RENT (Roger Davis), Grease! (Kenickie), By
BRIAN MARTIN (Ensemble) Brian is overjoyed to be here! National tours: Beauty and the Beast (u/s Lumiere), Guys and Dolls. Regional Favorites: Tarzan(Tarzan), A Chorus Line (Bobby), Hairspray(
CONOR MCGIFFIN (Ensemble) Conor is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this hilarious production! He is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan whose recent credits include Chess (Anatoly, White Plains Theater) and Jekyll&Hyde (Simon Stride-Jekyll Understudy, Nat’l Tour).
ANDREW METZGAR (Swing) Tours: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Shrek the Musical. Regional: Gateway, Ogunquit Playhouse, MSMT, John W. Engeman Theater. BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College.
CORINNE MUNSCH (Ensemble) Corinne is over the moon about performing in this show! National tour: Sarah in Seven Brides…. Regional: Oklahoma
KAYLEE OLSON (Ensemble) Kaylee is thrilled to perform with Bullets over Broadway! Her love for dance flourished at Innovative Dance Studio in her hometown of Wilsonville, Oregon. Since moving to New York, she performed with Norwegian Cruise Line, Roschman dance company, and previously toured Anything Goes.
JOEY ORTOLANI (Ensemble) Joey is originally from Long Island, NY. Credits include: How To Succeed…(Finch u/s), CHICAGO (Harrison), Hair
KELLY PETERSON (Swing, Asst. Dance Captain) Kelly is excited to be a part of the First National Tour of Bullets Over Broadway! National Tour: the 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette). Education: BFA Commercial Dance Pace University.
LEXIE PLATH (Ensemble) Lexie is thrilled to be in Bullets Over Broadway! National Tour: Anything Goes (Virtue/Erma U/S) Regional: Young Frankenstein (Inga), A Chorus Line (Sheila), Les Miserables (Fantine). BFA Music Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University.
IAN SAUNDERS (Ensemble) Mary Poppins, Kansas City Starlight Theatre; Guys and Dolls, Goodspeed Opera House; On the Town , The Marriott Theatre; The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster #2); and A Chorus Line (Mike), Connecticut Repertory Theatre. BFA in Musical Theatre from Texas State University.