As our contributor Joshua Furst has pointed out, of the odder things about the musical adaptation of “Bullets Over Broadway” was the conspicuous absence of credit for the original film’s co-screenwriter Douglas McGrath.
One would like to speculate that there were creative differences between the pair. Or that McGrath didn’t want his name associated with some pandering jukebox musical. Or maybe it’s because McGrath was working on his own jukebox musical—“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”. Whatever the reason, Allen and McGrath have been joined together again—sort of—as both received Tony Award nominations for Best Book of Musical — Allen for “Bullets”; McGrath for “Beautiful.”
The pair join an impressive, if not totally awe-inspiring, list of nominees who include James Lapine (nominee for best play for “Act One”); Harvey Fierstein (also nominated for best play for “Casa Valentine”); Stephen Fry (best actor in a featured role for “Twelfth Night”); Danny Burstein (best actor in a featured role in a musical for “Cabaret”); Leigh Silverman (best direction of a musical for “Violet”); and Natasha Katz (best lighting design for “The Glass Menagerie”). To be perfectly honest, we hadn’t heard of Ms. Katz before the nominees were released, but as longtime fans of Katz’s Deli, we’re still rooting for her. You can find a full list of this year’s Tony nominees here.