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Goodspeed Cancels Woody Allen Musical Amid Renewed Sexual Assault Claims

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Connecticut's Goodspeed Musicals has canceled an upcoming performance of a musical by Woody Allen. The decision is in response to decades-old allegations that the Hollywood director had inappropriate sexual contact with his adopted daughter.

In 2014, Allen himself adapted his 1994 film "Bullets Over Broadway" into a musical, borrowing music from various composers of the the 1920s and 30s. Despite a short run on Broadway, it was nominated for six Tony Awards, including best book of a musical for Woody Allen.

Goodspeed's production was set to launch in September. But after Allen's now-grown adopted daughter Dylan Farrow renewed claims that Allen had inappropriate sexual contact with her when she was a girl, Goodspeed decided to cancel the production.

In a statement, Goodspeed's Executive Director Michael Gennaro wrote, "After careful consideration and conversations with community members, trustees, staff and artists, we have decided to cancel our production of 'Bullets Over Broadway.' In light of the current dialogue on sexual harassment and misconduct, the author of 'Bullets Over Broadway,' Woody Allen, has come under increasing scrutiny. Ongoing reports in the media have made this situation even more difficult and complicated and this led us to reconsider the appropriateness of producing the show. I believe this is the right decision for Goodspeed to make as an organization."

Several news outlets reached out to Allen for comment. While he did not address Goodspeed's decision, in a statement he again denied Dylan's allegations, writing, "I never molested my daughter as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago."

Ray Hardman is Connecticut Public’s Arts and Culture Reporter. He is the host of CPTV’s Emmy-nominated original series “Where Art Thou?” Listeners to Connecticut Public Radio may know Ray as the local voice of “Morning Edition”, and later of “All Things Considered.”

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