Visitors to Oklahoma City can experience the national tour of the new musical comedy Bullets Over Broadway premiering at the Civic Center Music Hall May 23-29.
Bullets Over Broadway, concocted for the Oscarwinning film of the same name by Allen and co-screenwriter Douglas McGrath harkens back to the glorious golden age of movie musicals - by way of a fractured Valentine to the theater - offering a farfetched, if enormously entertaining, fable of art and commerce, of notoriety and celebrity. Allen’s comedic style involves quieter, witty comments and contradictions. The musical expands on his humor to include comedy better suited for the stage.
Original direction and choreography for the stage by five-time Tony® winner Susan Stroman the show contains a jukebox of classic tracks from the era, including ‘I'm Sitting On Top of the World’, ‘Let's Misbehave’ and ‘Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do’. Bullets Over Broadway is a toe-tapping and shoulder swaying score of period-perfect songs with a superb orchestra, and Stroman's extraordinarily exuberant choreography, featuring spectacularly lavish dance numbers.
Set in the glamorous world of the Roaring Twenties, Bullets Over Broadway tells the story of a Broadway play's production that becomes entangled with the mob. Bullets Over Broadway is packed full of chorus girls, pin-stripes, rat-a-tat dialogue and dazzling Art Deco design. The show manages one delectably fun moment to the next and makes for a wonderful evening.
Based on the 1994 film we meet David Shayne, a young playwright desperate to get his latest play produced. So when his producer Julian Marx calls with the news that they have the money, David is thrilled. The catch? The financier is 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!
The plot follows the machinations of a mob boss known as Nick Valenti who bankrolls the debut of a new Broadway play by neophyte playwright David in order to make his girlfriend Olive a bright shining star, thanks to her newfound Broadway bona fides. Of course, the course of true love never does run smooth - and neither does the germination of a new play - so hilarity, it is certain, will ensue. Throw in a silver-throated mobster named "Cheech," with the soul of a poet; a randy actor who loves to eat whatever is in front of him; the playwright's forlorn and forgotten girlfriend; and the off-kilter and probably certifiably crazy second banana who treats her stuffed dog as if he were real - and you have a fun-filled two-plus hours of musical comedy mayhem, punctuated with laughter and gunfire.
Bullets Over Broadway is a love letter to the golden age of Broadway, filled with unforgettable songs that audiences remember and love. With a handful of over-the-top character roles and a highstepping ensemble this is a perfect choice for theatre lovers looking for a big, splashy, and wildly entertaining production.
Presented by Celebrity Attractions, performances are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased via phone (800) 869-1451, (405) 297-2264, in person at the Civic Center Box Office, or online at CelebrityAttractions.com.
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