Bullets Over Broadway Opening Night Omen
Don’t Speak, just Read…
During tech rehearsals at Broadway’s historic St. James Theatre, an SDC Observer (Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation) decided to check out the view of the set from different locations in the theatre.
When she got to the last balcony, she noticed something stuck between the seats. She couldn’t quite see what it was but was determined to get it out. Much to her surprise, she pulled out a Playbill from The Producers, with the original Broadway cast.
Thirteen years ago, almost to the day, Mel Brooks’ The Producers opened at the St. James and made history by winning the most Tony Awards ever received by a single production—twelve. Susan Stroman, the director-choreogrpaher of Bullets, won two. The show was widely successful and ran for a good six years. Sounds like a good omen to me!
Tonight, Woody Allen’s new musical, based on his Oscar-winning film, Bullets Over Broadway celebrates Opening Night on the great white way, featuring Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Brooks Ashmanskas, Heléne Yorke and Nick Cordero.
I’m excited to watch the show this evening, for the first time, and would like to send well-wishes. As we learned from The Producers, “You Never Say ‘Good Luck’ on Opening Night.” Instead I’d like to say “Break a leg” to “Stro,” Woody Allen and the entire cast and crew. May you run even longer than The Producers.