Karen Ziemba is going gangster! The Tony winner will play hyper, dog-obsessed actress Eden Brent in Bullets Over Broadway, alongside previously announced stars Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Brooks Ashmanskas, Vincent Pastore, Betsy Wolfe and more. The musical adaptation of Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath’s 1994 comedy is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Bullets Over Broadway begins performances March 11, with an official opening night on April 10 at the St. James Theatre.
In addition to Ziemba, Preston Truman Boyd, Bryn Dowling, Kelcy Griffin, Dan Horn, Synthia Link and Kevin Worley will round out the ensemble. Bullets Over Broadway stars 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 Helene Yorke as Olive Neal. The cast will also feature 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.
Ziemba previously worked with Stroman on Broadway’s Contact, Crazy For You, Steel Pier and the 2005 film adaptation of The Producers. She won a Tony Award for Contact and garnered additional nominations for Curtains, Never Gonna Dance and Steel Pier. Her other Broadway credits include A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Teddy & Alice and Chicago. Her additional onscreen roles include The History of Future Folk, Law & Order, Scrubs and Once More With Feeling.
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.