Helen Sinclair has finally landed on Broadway! And for Dianne Wiest, who won an Oscar when she brought the Jazz Age stage diva to life in Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, that’s cause for celebration!
“It’s been a long haul to get here,” she laughed when Broadway.com stopped her on opening night of the musical version of Bullets on April 10. “And thank goodness [there’s] another personality that can perform for me called Marin Mazzie and she is wonderful!”
Three-time Tony Award nominee Mazzie landed the role of Sinclair in the musical, beating out countless stage stars for the part. Her past performances include Mother in Ragtime, Lilli Vanessi in Kate Me, Kate and Margaret White in Carrie.
Wiest never dreamt of Bullets becoming a Broadway musical simply because Allen is typically too protective of his films. “But if I hadn’t been in the movie,” she said. “I certainly would have thought it was written for the stage first. It belongs where it now is!”
The stage and screen vet raved about the finished show: “With those wonderful actors, that incredible chorus, the music [Woody] picked out from the ‘30s and Santo Loquasto’s set... I mean, it’s transportive! It’s wonderful!”