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‘Bullets Over Broadway’ opens with a bang at PPAC May 31

By Laurence J. Sasso, Jr.

How can a show written by Woody Allen, set in the 1920s and based on the 1994 screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath, be anything but a spanking good time, not to mention, a hit?

Bullets Over Broadway will be making its Rhode Island premiere when it takes the stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center May 31-June 5, and by all reports it will provide a ripping good time for local audiences.

A rather breathless media release from the production company describes the show this way: “Hailed by the Associated Press as ‘Musical theatre bliss!’ loaded with big laughs, colorful characters, and the songs that made the 1920s roar, Providence will be swept away by this brilliant production.”

Whether Rhode Island is swept away will remain to be seen, but it seems pretty certain viewers will be highly entertained. The musical has too strong a pedigree not to be full of mirth. Billed as “a classic Broadway show with great choreography and costumes, and a lot of laughs,” Bullets Over Broadway garnered six Tony Award nominations when it premiered on Broadway March 11, 2014.

The story is simple, classic actually. The media release puts it this way: “Bullets Over Broadway tells the story of an aspiring young playwright newly arrived on Broadway in 1920s New York who is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.” They might as well have added hilarity ensues.

As more than one movie from the thirties and forties will attest, this is not an original plot line, but in the hands of Woody Allen the results are certain to be incomparable.

For tickets or more information call PPAC at (401) 421-ARTS (2787).