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‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Aims for St. James Theater (EXCLUSIVE)

Broadway musical based on the Woody Allen film nabs a theater for spring 2014

The Broadway musical version of “Bullets Over Broadway” has targeted the St. James Theater, with the show locking the venue and the timeframe for an April 2014 bow.

Production will mark a return to the St. James for director-choreographer Susan Stroman, whose 2001 staging of “The Producers” played there for six years. The 2013-14 season will be a double-header for Stroman, whose production of tuner “Big Fish,” currently playing its out-of-town tryout in Chicago, is set to open in October at the Neil Simon Theater. Her most recent Main Stem credit was the 2010 run of “The Scottsboro Boys.”

Other new tuners have already begun staking out a 20130-14 slot, with “Big Fish” to be joined by titles including Disney Theatrical outing “Aladdin” and “If/Then,” the latest from the “Next to Normal” creative team. Jujamcyn Theaters, the owner of the St. James, sees enough potential in “Bullets” to hold the venue, currently unoccupied, for the next year, although it’s likely the theater will host at least one limited-run engagement to help fill in the sked.

Woody Allen, whose most recent stage work was the 2011 Rialto run of short-play triptych “Relatively Speaking,” pens the book for “Bullets Over Broadway,” adapted from the screenplay he co-wrote with Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film on which the tuner is based. Song list will be drawn from existing tunes from the story’s 1920s setting.

Plot follows a young playwright who’s strong-armed into casting a talent-free mafia moll to star in his latest play. Casting for the musical had yet to be set.

“Bullets Over Broadway” opens in April, with the exact dates for previews and opening still to be set.

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