Allen to write musical adaptation
Woody Allen is tuning up a stage version of “Bullets over Broadway,” adapting his 1994 pic into a musical that aims to land on the Rialto in 2013.
Allen pens the book based on the screenplay he co-authored with Douglas McGrath. Show will incorporate period tunes from the 1920s, the era during which the Gotham-set story takes place.
Plotline follows a young playwright who must cast a mobster’s talent-free moll in his latest play in order to get the show produced. The 1994 Miramax film starred John Cusack, Jennifer Tilly, Chazz Palminteri and Dianne Wiest, whose perf as a demanding diva earned her an Oscar.
Show’s producers, Julian Schlossberg and Letty Aronson, have made a habit of backing Allen’s stage ventures. They also produced this season’s “Relatively Speaking,” a trio of one-acts that included a seg by Allen, as well as 1995 Off Broadway show “Death Defying Acts,” another collection of one-acts to which Allen contributed.
Further details about “Bullets” — including casting, creative team and song list — remain to be set. Exact Broadway dates and theater also are up in the air.
Aronson is one of the producers of Allen’s most recent bigscreen outing, “Midnight in Paris,” which is up for four Oscars this weekend.