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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Jazz Age comes alive in "Bullets Over Broadway The Musical"

Jan 11, 2019
Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents “Bullets Over Broadway The Musical,” the Tony Award-nominated musical based on Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath’s screenplay for the hit film “Bullets over Broadway.” A love letter to the golden age of Broadway, “Bullets Over Broadway The Musical” brings the classic musical comedy back with a bang. Loaded with the songs that made the 1920s roar, this splashy musical features Jazz Age standards including "Let's Misbehave," "'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do," “Tiger Rag,” and "Up a Lazy River." In this madcap comedy, a young playwright finally gets his play produced on Broadway, but discovers there’s a catch: the mobster putting up the funds wants a vehicle for his ditzy, talent-free girlfriend. Throw in an aging diva, dancing gangsters, and a bevy of beautiful chorus girls, and comedic capers ensue. Under the direction of Milissa Carey and music direction of Louis Lagalante, “Bullets Over Broadway The Musical” will play February 28– March 17, 2019 at the Lohman Theatre (12345 El Monte Rd), in Los Altos Hills, CA.

Foothill Music Theatre has assembled a powerhouse cast for this splashy musical. Adam Cotugno takes on the role of David Shayne, the young playwright eager for his chance to make it on Broadway. Cotugno, who returns to Foothill Music Theatre where he was featured in “9 to 5 The Musical,” has also been seen onstage at Stage 1 Theatre, Sunnyvale Community Players, Palo Alto Players, Broadway By the Bay, and Los Altos Stage Company.



Mob boss Nick Valenti is played by Steve Repetti, who returns to Foothill Music Theatre where he appeared in “Ragtime.” Repetti has also performed at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Hillbarn Theatre, Palo Alto Players, among others. Jocelyn Pickett plays Olive Neal, Nick’s ditzy and talentless girlfriend with dreams of stardom. Returning to Foothill Music Theatre, where she starred as Fiona in “Shrek,” Pickett has also performed at Ray of Light Theatre, Los Altos Stage Company, Broadway By the Bay, Hillbarn Theatre, The Tabard Theatre Company, and South Bay Musical Theatre. Nick Mandracchia plays Cheech, Nick’s gangster henchman with a knack for dramaturgy. Mandracchia returns to Foothill Music Theatre, where he was seen in “She Loves Me” and “Little Shop of Horrors” as well as Foothill Theatre Arts’s production of “The Laramie Project.”



Carla Befera plays Helen Sinclair, an aging diva eager to return to the stage after a string of flops. Befera is an award-winning actress who has appeared in many roles in the past with TheatreWorks, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, 42nd Street Moon, among many others, and was last seen at Foothill in “It Can’t Happen Here” (Lorinda Pike), “Angels in America” (Hannah/Rabbi/Doctor/Ethel Rosenberg) and “Our Town” (Stage Manager). Steve Anthony plays Warner Purcell, the leading man who is prone to compulsive stress eating. Also seen at Foothill Theatre Arts in “Ah, Wilderness!,” Anthony has performed at Woodside Community Theatre, Broadway By the Bay, West Valley Light Opera, Hillbarn Theatre, South Bay Musical Theatre, and Palo Alto Players. Caitlyn Papp plays Eden Brent, a quixotic actress in David’s play. Seen in Foothill Music Theatre’s productions of “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Spring Awakening,” and “Damn Yankees,” Papp has also performed at City Lights Theatre Company, Dragon Productions Theatre Company, Douglass Morrison Theatre, the Pear Theatre, and Broadway By the Bay.



Allie Townsend plays Ellen, playwright David Shayne’s longtime girlfriend. Returning to Foothill Music Theatre, where she was seen as spitfire secretary Doralee Rhodes in “9 to 5 The Musical,” Townsend has also performed with Los Altos Stage Company, Pacifica Spindrift Players, Stage 1 Theatre, and Redwood City Community Theatre. Aaron Hurley plays Julian Marx, a producer who believes in David. Hurley returns to Foothill Music Theatre, where he performed in the role of Max in “The Sound of Music,” “9 to 5 The Musical” as Franklin Hart, and “Damn Yankees.”

The cast also features a stellar ensemble including Annika Diekgers, John Duarte, David Evans, Dieyla Dopp, Katelin Foley, Jacob Gunter, Kimberly Kay, Kayvon Kordestani, Tim Lynch, M.C. Mendonca, Joey Montes, Nick Nakamura, Amanda Nguyen, and Mikey Wieland.

Tickets ($12 - $36) and information can be found at www.foothill.edu/theatre or by phone at (650) 949-7360.

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Photo caption: L - R: Ditzy showgirl Olive (Jocelyn Pickett), novice playwright David (Adam Cotugno), aging diva Helen Sinclair (Carla Befera), and mobster Nick (Steve Repetti) prepare to bring David’s play to life in “Bullets Over Broadway The Musical,” presented by Foothill Music Theatre February 28 – March 17 at the Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills. (Photo Credit: David Allen)


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