When: Thu., May 5, 8 p.m. 2016
That any play manages to be successfully performed is something of a minor miracle. There are so many people and variables involved behind the scenes that small problems can generate a chain reaction culminating in a monumental failure. David Shayne has a front-row seat for the impending destruction of his first play, Gods of Our Fathers. The producer convinced the gangster Nick Valenti to foot the production's costs, which Valenti agreed to do only so his talentless girlfriend Olive can star in it. Helen, the established but fading star of the show, decides to seduce David to secure her position, while her co-star Walter pursues Olive. The only bright spot in David's life is Cheech, the goon assigned by Valenti to protect Olive. The gangster, it turns out, is an excellent script doctor. The musical version of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway is a fast-paced comedy that incorporates the early jazz songs of its 1930s setting. The touring production of the show is performed at 8 p.m. tonight at Peabody Opera House (1400 Market Street; www.peabodyoperahouse.org). Tickets are $30 to $82.