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  Bullets Over Broadway at CIBC Theatre

Bullets Over Broadway

CIBC Theatre
18 W. Monroe Chicago

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 is written by Woody Allen, with original direction and choreography by Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman and based upon the screenplay of the acclaimed film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath (Beautiful). 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.

Thru - May 1, 2016

Price: $19-$85

Show Type: Musical

Running Time: 2hrs, 25mins; one intermission

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  Bullets Over Broadway Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...Even on Broadway, the show suffered from the terrible decision not to hire an original composer. The last number is, incredibly, "Yes! We Have No Bananas," which has about as much to do with the story we have been watching as string beans and onions have to do with cabbages and scallions. None of the numbers have any pop whatsoever."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...Frankly, if this were the only terrific moment in "Bullets Over Broadway" it would be enough to send you home happy. But there are a slew of them as Allen spins a story with nods to such shows as "Born Yesterday," "Guys and Dolls" and "42nd Street." From a chorus line of girls with the most beautiful, synchronized legs this side of The Rockettes (Mary Callahan, Elizabeth Dugas, Carissa Fiorillo, Lainee Hunter, Corinne Munsch, Kaylee Olsen and Lexie Plath), to a gathering of stock characters, to "dancing gangsters" who are beyond sensational and must be named (Jake Corcoran, Patrick Graver, Andrew Hendrick, Justin Jutras, Conor McGiffin, Brian Martin, Joey Ortolani and Ian Saunders), "Bullets Over Broadway" (with a non-Equity cast that outranks most of the Equity companies that pass this way), generates nonstop gyroscopic energy and laughter."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...The score, consisting of classic popular tunes from the Roaring Twenties, is loads of fun. Woody Allen's book, based on his 1994 movie, tells the tale of an earnest young playwright's Broadway sojourn with a sly wit. And little touches-like the whistling-tea-kettle sound Michael Williams makes to express his utter desperation as the young playwright-are engaging. With so much going right, it'd be nice to know that the actors had all the protections and advantages afforded by a union contract."
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Tony Adler

ShowBizChicago - Recommended

"...Bullets Over Broadway is at its best when played straight from the heart. For it is then the characters cease to be caricatures and we can relish some of the classic moments we cherish from the hit movie where Woody Allen’s eccentricity and wit can truly shine. If several of the awkwardly placed and sometimes forced and unnecessary songs could be cut and replaced by more of Allen’s brilliant dialogue, and the characters come across real this show would fire on all cylinders. In its current form it is more like experiencing the Valentine’s Day massacre than the glory of an old Broadway musical."
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James Murray

Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...For better and worse, forced fun is the fare here. If you don’t know the film, Bullets Over Broadway could pass as entertainment enough. But, like Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, Allen unwittingly set a higher standard on screen than he matched on stage 22 years later. He lost the culture-clashing comic counterpoint between unorganized crime and slapdash show business. Once again, more is less."
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Lawrence Bommer

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...I love Woody Allen! Not the man himself, but the wonderful work he has brought to the screen. One of my favorites, “Bullets Over Broadway”, a 1984 film that I have seen over and over and one that made a name for Chazz Palminteri, has been made into a Broadway Musical. Unlike other motion pictures made into plays, this is not a true musical, but a story with music. They have selected music of the times ( the “Roaring Twenties”) and surely music that fits the mind of the creator of the original story, Woody Allen, who wrote this script as well as the film, with Douglas McGrath. Directed to perfection by Susan Stroman who also does the exquisite choreography, this play might be called “Guys and Dolls” meets “42nd Street”!"
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago - Recommended

"...t’s not the best thing I’ve seen all year, but it’s funny and worth checking out."
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Mary Kroeck

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...There are musicals that offer more to say about life or feature better scores or a sounder book. There are even musicals that improve upon their original sources far more (the movie is well worth renting for a great evening of entertainment). But for sheer, light, carefree entertainment performed with talent, all-out drive and passion, this very funny show offered by Broadway in Chicago is one surefire hit of a musical."
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Somewhat Recommended

"...I left the theater feeling that there is a better “Bullets Over Broadway” than what I saw on opening night. The show may not rank among the great backstage musicals like “The Producers” and “42nd Street,” but with directorial restraint it could have raised its entertainment quotient much higher. For some reason, Woody Allen let the comic reins slip through his hands. Still, the Busby Berkeley flavored choreography will give viewers an agreeable nostalgic rush and the gangster tap dance number shows what might have been (Clare Cook is credited as recreating Stroman’s choreography). And I definitely would seek out Hannah Rose’s Deflumeri’s next musical performance."

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