August 1, 2013 at 10:52 am #432236
Does anyone know what’s going on with the casting of the Dianne Wiest role in the stage version of Woody Allen’s BULLETS OVER BROADWAY? Has Helen Sinclair been cast? Who’s in the running for the coveted role?September 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm #432238
Here’s some interesting reading on this topic:October 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm #432239
Glenn Close recently stated that she planned on coming back to broadway in the near future. If she meant something this season, perhaps she is nearing a deal to play Helen Sinclair? There was a playbill.com poll that seemed to think so.October 3, 2013 at 8:45 am #432240
Glenn Close is a good choice.October 4, 2013 at 9:27 am #432241
If she was indeed talking about something this season, it seems like the only plausible part. I suppose Fraulien Schneider in Cabaret hasnt been cast but thats a very small part for a star of her magnitude. And with Helen Sinclair still the only remaining part to be cast in Bullets, it would seem to indicate theyre trying to lock down a well known actress.October 27, 2013 at 12:30 am #432242
When is this going to be cast???October 27, 2013 at 9:18 am #432243
Still no official casting announcement. We do know that Marin Mazzie is playing the part in a lab/workshop of the show coming up shortly. But they have not said she is the official casting choice. Both Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone said they auditioned for the role and were turned down.
To me this says 1.) Its a well written part (lord knows LuPone and Peters dont need to audition for anything), and 2.) they may be looking for a well known star (in terms of theatre divas you dont really get bigger than LuPone and Peters, so perhaps a movie star is in the works?)
The other option is they have decided to skew the part slightly younger (Peters and LuPone are both in their 60s, Mazzie is in her 50s). So Mazzie has the part for now in the workshop phase, but still nothing official has been announced.October 28, 2013 at 5:23 am #432244
Peters would have been a great choice. I can’t see LuPone in the role……..she is amazing but I just don’t see it.December 5, 2013 at 11:51 am #432245
Marin Mazzie is finally confirmed as Helen Sinclair:
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.December 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm #432246
FINALLY. They sure made her go through enough hoops. Perhaps she can finally nab a Tony.December 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm #432247
FINALLY. They sure made her go through enough hoops. Perhaps she can finally nab a Tony.December 6, 2013 at 8:36 am #432248
I love Marin (her rendition of “Back to Before” was one of the top highlights of Ragtime for me). I have trouble seeing her in this part because it’s so different from what she’s done before, but, hey, that’s why they call it acting.
We got some serious diva showdown potential for this year’s Tony: Mazzie, Menzel, Foster, Williams…December 6, 2013 at 11:41 am #432249
Williams better be good. I remember when Catherine Zeta Jones did “A Little Night Music” and being really disappointed. And that role wasn’t nearly iconic as the role Williams is going to tackle.December 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm #432250
Of course, Mazzie may be pushed in Featured, since in the film the role was supporting. I don’t know if it’s been expanded for the stage version or not.December 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm #432251
adamunc writes: I love Marin (her rendition of “Back to Before” was one of the top highlights of Ragtime
for me). I have trouble seeing her in this part because it’s so
different from what she’s done before, but, hey, that’s why they call it
In this vein, please note that it’s been noted that Helen Sinclair was also dissimilar to Dianne Wiest’s previous roles. During BULLETS OVER BROADWAY filming, Woody Allen — after viewing the dailies — phoned Wiest in her hotel room & told her the scenes weren’t good & had to be done over. Wiest has commented the outsize, self-centered, flamboyant Helen was a bit of a departure, for her.
The chief key to “getting” Helen Sinclair proved to be her voice. Once Wiest lowered her voice an octave & dropped her pitch, Dianne Wiest became Helen Sinclair.
So while Helen Sinclair might be unlike Marin’s previous roles, the part was also a bit of a stretch for Wiest.