PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Nov. 30-Dec. 6: Marin Mazzie Nabs Leading Role in Bullets Over Broadway and Ratings Soar for The Sound of Music Live!

By Robert Simonson
06 Dec 2013

Marin Mazzie
Marin Mazzie
Photo by Mike Sharkey

Three-time Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie landed her biggest stage assignment in some time this week. She won the much-coveted part of temperamental stage diva Helen Sinclair in the new Broadway musical adaptation of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway, producers announced Dec. 5. The role was famously played by Dianne Wiest in the movie.

In the 1990s, Mazzie was a major presence on Broadway, essaying three Tony-nominated performances in a row, in Stephen Sondheim's Passion, the critically acclaimed musical Ragtime and a smash 1999 revival Kiss Me, Kate. Mazzie has continued to work on Broadway since, but has mainly replaced other actresses in already established shows like Spamalot and Next to Normal. Her most recent appearance was in Enron in 2010.

Mazzie was the last major piece in the cast-puzzle for the Susan Stroman-directed show. The cast also features Zach Braff, who makes his Broadway debut as playwright David Shayne, Brooks Ashmanskas as Warner Purcell, Betsy Wolfe as Ellen, Lenny Wolpe as Julian Marx, Helene Yorke as Olive Neal and Vincent Pastore as gangster Nick Valenti.

Bullets Over Broadway will begin previews March 11, 2014, at Broadway's St. James Theatre. It officially opens April 10. The musical incorporates pre-existing songs from the 1920-30s for its score.



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Two (actually, three) popular shows extended their runs this week.

The Public Theater once again extended its critically acclaimed production of the Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical Fun Home. The world-premiere musical, based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, will now continue through Jan. 12, 2014, Off-Broadway.

Uptown, The Shakespeare's Globe in-rep productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, starring Mark Rylance, extended their Broadway runs through Feb. 16, 2014. That means two more weeks of very needed work for several medieval instrumentalists.

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The Williamstown Theatre Festival has a new artistic director — its second female leader in a row.

Mandy Greenfield, who is currently the artistic producer of Manhattan Theatre Club, was named the sought-after post. She succeeds Jenny Gersten, who is departing Williamstown to become the executive director of the New York City non-profit Friends of the High Line.

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