Rock of Ages alum Nick Cordero will tap into his inner mobster as Cheech in the world premiere musical Bullets Over Broadway. In what is shaping up to be an an awesome cast, Cordero joins previously announced stars Zach Braff, Brooks Ashmanskas, Vincent Pastore, Betsy Wolfe, Lenny Wolpe and Helene Yorke in the musical adaptation of Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath’s 1994 comedy. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway begins performances March 11, 2014, with opening night slated for April 10 at the St. James Theatre.
In addition to Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway will feature ensemble members Clyde Alves (Nice Work if You Can Get It), Jim Borstelmann (Chaplin), Janet Dickinson (How The Grinch Stole Christmas), Kimberly Faure (Anything Goes), Paige Faure (Cinderella), Casey Garvin (Bare), Sarah Lin Johnson (Broadway debut), Andy Jones (Cinderella), Amanda Kloots-Larsen (Follies), Kevin Ligon (The Chosen), Brittany Marcin (Anything Goes), James Moye (Million Dollar Quartet), Beth Johnson Nicely (White Christmas) and Eric Santagata (Chaplin).
Cordero made his Broadway debut in Rock of Ages. He appeared off-Broadway in The Toxic Avenger. His film and TV credits include Don Juan, Queer as Folk and Apartments at 254.
Featuring existing music from the 1920s, Bullets Over Broadway will have a new adapted book by Allen. The new musical tells the story of an aspiring young playwright who is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced. Cordero plays Cheech, an intimidating gangster escort who may be more intelligent than he seems. The word is still out on who will take on the role of over-the-top diva Helen Sinclair, played by Dianne Wiest in the 1994 film.