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Woody Allen’s musical and This Week in Stage

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Joan Marcus

Very few Broadway news stories excited me as much this week as Woody Allen’s announcement that he was turning one of his best films, Bullets Over Broadway, into a Main Stem musical. Yet, I did celebrate with the rest of Linda Lavin’s fans when the producers of The Lyons — in which she gave an award-worthy performance off-Broadway last fall — announced that the show was also coming to the Great White Way. Plus, as a huge devotee of the movie Once, I was thrilled for EW to get another sneak peak at the making of next month’s Broadway adaptation.

Senior writer Melissa Maerz also gave us the rundown on Rufus Wainwright’s new opera, Prima Donna. (Should you see it? In her words, “Hell yes!”) And correspondent Keith Staskiewicz reviewed an “airless” off-Broadway revival of Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo, which is “so dry it threatens to catch fire.” He had praise, however, for star F. Murray Abraham’s “exuberance” and “conviviality,” and ultimately gave the production a B.

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