Review: NightBlue Theatre Presents Bullets over Broadway at Stage 773 (September 11, 2017)

In the 1920s, Cole Porter released “Let’s Misbehave” and Hoagy Carmichael released “Up a Lazy River”. In 1994, Bullets over Broadway was released as a feature film, written and directed by Woody Allen, using those songs. Dianne Wiest won the Best Supporting Actress for playing Helen Sinclair. In 2014, it opened as a musical on Broadway. It was nominated for six Tony’s, though it didn’t win any. And now, in 2017, it opens for the first time by a Chicago company, NightBlue.

David Shayne is having a lot of trouble getting his play produced. So, when an offer from a gangster to finance a production comes in, he decides to take the money. He even accepts the condition that the gangster’s girlfriend will have a key part in the play. During rehearsals, her bodyguard becomes involved in changing the script which leads to dramatic results.

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Jonathan Rivera is fantastic as the bodyguard. He plays the role tough but cool. Also, he leads the rest of the henchmen in a great tap dance number that resulted in a huge applause from the audience. His character has a natural talent for playwriting and he has a natural talent for acting.

If you are nostalgic for the 20’s, or even the 90’s, this is the show for you! Get tickets now for Bullets over Broadway through October 8th.

Quinn Delaney

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