"Bullets Over Broadway," the new musical by
Allen appeared on the "Bullets" red carpet and was supposed to attend the after-party held at the
Zach Braff of "Scrubs" plays the role of David Shayne, a rising playwright who makes a Faustian bargain with the mob, which was originated on-screen by John Cusack. The role of Helen Sinclair -- a vain Broadway actress originally played by Oscar-winner Dianne Wiest -- is played onstage by Marin Mazzie.
The songs are a jukebox arrangement of period favorites from the Depression.
"Bullets" isn't Allen's first Broadway production. He has had a number of plays produced in New York, including "Don't Drink the Water" back in 1966.
Allen's personal life was in the media spotlight earlier this year following allegations from his estranged adopted daughter that the filmmaker molested her as a young child. Allen has adamantly denied the claims.
His next movie will be "Magic in the Moonlight," starring
Ben Brantley of the New York Times described the new musical as "occasionally funny but mostly just loud," and that "while the movie was a helium-light charmer, this all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing reincarnation is also all but charm-free." In the role of Cheech, the mobster with a secret flare for playwriting, Nick Cordero is "just as good" as Chazz Palminteri was in the movie.
Jesse Green of New York magazine wrote that "characters who seemed lovably eccentric in the movie just seem clammy and mystifying here" and Allen's one-liners often "go dull — and take several lines."
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