By: Woody Allen, based on the screenplay of the film "Bullets over Broadway" by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath
Produced by: Foothill Music Theatre
Directed by: Milissa Carey
Music direction by: Louis Lagalante
Featuring: Adam Cotugno, Allie Townsend, Jocelyn Pickett, Andrew Ross, Aaron Hurley, Carla Befera, Steve Repetti, Nick Mandrachhia, Caitlyn Papp, 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.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. February 28 – March 17, 2019. Opening: 8 p.m., Friday, March 1. Sunday, March 3, is an "exclusive benefit performance with reception," to raise funds for Foothill College’s Theatre Arts program
Where: Lohman Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road (I-280 & El Monte Road), Los Altos Hills
Tickets: $12-$36; $75 for March 3 benefit. Visit https://foothill.edu/theatre/bullets.html or call 650-949-7360.
Cardi, a Chihuahua mix, was chosen, and she is working out just fine as “Mister Woofles.” Between her scenes she has a little nest backstage, and between rehearsals and shows she is a guest of Carla Befera, who plays diva Helen Sinclair (“Don’t speak”).
“We’re thrilled that Cardi has the opportunity to share the stage with such amazing talent, said Al Mollica, executive director of Pets in Need. “Just months ago, before we brought her to Pets In Need, she was at a municipal animal shelter, in danger of being euthanized, and now she’s a star. It just goes to show how giving an animal a second chance can transform their life and bring joy to people in unexpected ways.”
Cardi, who weighs 5.7 pounds, is “quite friendly,” according to the show’s publicists, will be available for adoption after the show closes on March 17. See Cardi and some photographs from the show at https://www.petsinneed.org/pets/cardi.
actress Jocelyn Pickett is funny
Director Milissa Carey cast Jocelyn Pickett as the airhead, talentless gangster’s moll in “Bullets Over Broadway” because “she's funny. She looks the part for sure (tall, beautiful ,blond), she can move, she's a dancer, she’s got some pipes and can sing.
“But when it comes to comedy, they are either funny or not. Jocelyn is funny. She’s like Lucille Ball in a lot of ways. You’re either funny or you’re not.”
And Pickett is flexible in her approach. “We might try something seven different ways, she's game,” said Carey.
“The script is funny, so get a funny actors and it will be a funny show. We have some darn fine singers (here in the Bay Area), but funny came first when I was casting.”
The show opened on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills. It has a huge cast, which is a general requirement for musicals at Foothill Music Theatre.
“Bullets Over Broadway” has a book by Woody Allen based on the 1994 film by him and Douglas McGrath. Allen had resisted the idea of making it into a musical until his sister, Letty Aronson, suggested using period music in the show, instead of new compositions.
That is a page right out of Allen’s usual playbook, and the musical was formed, including such songs as “Tiger Rag,” “Up a Lazy River,” “Let’s Misbehave” and “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-Ness If I Do.” It ran for five months on Broadway, then had a non-Equity road show.
Still, it has the potential to be great, and it’s likely that Carey is just the director to make it so.
“If you've got good material, my job is to honor good material,” she said. “I stay out of the way, and let it be funny. I try to give the actors what they need.”
“I love her, she is a goddess of a human being,” said Pickett about Carey. “She is brilliant, a genius. She just understands how to put a show together.
“She’s comedic, can show actors how to be funny.”
“Bullets Over Broadway” is about a young, pretentious playwright (played by John Cusack in the movie) who finally gets a show financed — by a gangster, who demands that his ditzy, no-talent girlfriend gets a role in the show. Pickett plays that moll.
“It’s so great, I love this show,” said Pickett. “It’s a character I’ve never played before, this girl Olive Neal, the gangster of gangsters’ girlfriend. … she is the quintessential blonde, high voice, from New Jersey. She’s a nut. It’s fun to play her.”
Pickett has played a range of roles in the Bay Area. In “Legally Blonde” at Hillbarn Theatre, she blew the doors out with her powerful vocals as the snooty Vivienne. She was a showstopper as Ulla in “The Producers” at Broadway By The Bay.” And she was brilliantly funny and a great singer as Princess Fiona in “Shrek” at Foothill, where she was also directed by Carey.
In fact, Andrew Ross, who plays Warner, an actor who won’t stop eating and who falls in love with Olive in “Bullets,” also played opposite Pickett in “Shrek.” He spent the entire, very funny, show, in green makeup with tubular green ears. In this show, he just keeps getting fatter.
“He and I get along so well,” said Pickett. “We have that comedic timing.”
“Bullets Over Broadway” is “funny, the cast of characters is so silly,” Pickett said. “We even have men dressed as hot dogs, who sing ‘The Hot Dog Song’ with me.”
Pickett, who will be 31 in April, was born in Spokane, Washington, and raised in Washington state. Her mom got her involved in lots of after-school theater programs, then they moved to Tucson, Arizona, where Pickett earned her BFA in musical theater at the University of Arizona.
She spent some time in the Los Angeles area, but, “There really is not a strong theater community in L.A.,” she said, but “a friend told me about the theater community in the San Francisco Bay Area,” so she moved up here in 2010.
She has done well, performing on a number of Bay Area stages, and working a day job at Bullis Charter School in Los Altos, where she is a drama specialist. “I teach empathy to kindergartners through second grade,” she said, “and run an after-school program as well, directing and producing musicals for fourth and fifth graders.”