Bullets Over Broadway has finally found its fabulous martini-sipping leading lady, Helen Sinclair! Three-time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie will play the aging diva, alongside previously announced stars Zach Braff, Brooks Ashmanskas, Vincent Pastore, Betsy Wolfe and more 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 set for April 10 at the St. James Theatre. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
Mazzie garnered Tony nods for Kiss Me, Kate, Ragtime and Passion. Her additional Broadway credits include Big River, Into the Woods, Something Good, Man of La Mancha, Spamalot, Next to Normal and Enron. The actress last appeared on the New York stage in the off-Broadway revival of Carrie. Her film and TV credits include The Big C, Nurse Jackie, Still Standing, Without a Trace and Numb3rs. She played Helen Sinclair in an earlier reading of the Broadway-bound musical.
In addition to Mazzie, Bullets Over Broadway features Braff as David Shayne, Ashmanskas as Warner Purcell, Pastore as Nick Valenti, Wolfe as Ellen, Nick Cordero as Cheech, Lenny Wolpe as Julian Marx and Heléne Yorke as Olive Neal. The cast will also include Clyde Alves, Jim Borstelmann, Janet Dickinson, Kimberly Faure, Paige Faure, Casey Garvin, Sarah Lin Johnson, Andy Jones, Amanda Kloots-Larsen, Kevin Ligon, Brittany Marcin, James Moye, Beth Johnson Nicely and Eric Santagata.
Featuring existing hits from the 1920s, Bullets Over Broadway will feature a new, adapted book by Allen. The musical tells the story of David Shayne (Braff), an aspiring young playwright who is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.
Click below to find out why Helen Sinclair has always been one of Mazzie’s dream roles!