The writer adapted his own film gem, Bullets Over Broadway, for his first musical
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As a rule, Woody Allen doesn’t go to Broadway musicals. Few, at least, with music written later than about 1959. He saw Beautiful, the new show about singer-songwriter Carole King, only because his friend and sometime collaborator Douglas McGrath wrote it, and he enjoyed After Midnight because it was a pastiche of Cotton Club songs from the 1920s and ’30s. “I don’t like a contemporary music sound,” he admits without apology or particular regret. “It’s not my taste. My ear doesn’t appreciate it.” Give him Cole Porter or Lerner and Loewe, not Andrew Lloyd Webber. He never even saw The Producers.