Don’t speak! Better yet, sing! Which is precisely what Scrubs and Garden State star Zach Braff will be doing as the male lead in Woody Allen’s musical adaptation of his hit 1994 comedy Bullets Over Broadway, marking Mr. Braff’s Broadway debut.
The production, about a young 1920s playwright (Braff) struggling to keep sane amidst a cavalcade of temperamental actors, gangsters and producers all giving their two cents on his first major production, will also feature theater vets Betsy Wolfe (The Last Five Years), Brooks Ashmanskas (Martin Short’s Fame Becomes Me), Lenny Wolpe (The Drowsy Chaperone), Hélene Yorke (Grease) and The Sopranos’ Vincent Pastore (in the Chazz Palminteri role one would have to guess). No word yet on who will play the role of Helen Sinclair, the boozy grande dame role that won Dianne Wiest her second Academy Award ,but whoever it is, you can certainly count on a Tony nomination for the lucky individual next year.
Bullets Over Broadway, which will feature existing music from the period in which it is set, will be directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman (The Producers), with Woody Allen handling adaptation duties. It will begin preview at the St. James Theatre on March 11 with an opening scheduled for April 10.