Zach Braff to star in Bullets Over Broadway musical

Zach Braff

A critical mauling in the West End clearly hasn't put Zach Braff off theatre.

The Scrubs star will make his Broadway debut next year, starring in a musical adaptation of Woody Allen's film Bullets Over Broadway.

Twenty years after he made his film debut in Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery, Braff will play an aspiring playwright in 1920s New York, who has to cast a gangster's talentless girlfriend in his new show to get it produced on Broadway. The role was originally played by John Cusack.

Allen has adapted the film he co-wrote with Douglas McGrath and set it to a score featuring songs from the 1920s setting. Five-time Tony-winner Susan Stroman will direct.

Braff told the Associated Press: "If you would have asked me a couple months ago: 'What are your dreams as an actor?' I would have said: 'I'd love to do a Broadway musical one day and I'd love to work with Woody Allen again.' When I got the call from Woody and Susan Stroman, my head sort of exploded."

Musical theatre will be a new string to Braff's bow – though Scrubs fans will remember the show's one-off musical episode fondly. The 38-year-old actor has previously appeared in Twelfth Night and Macbeth for New York's annual Shakespeare in the Park season and starred in an off-Broadway production of Paul Weitz's S&M-themed play Trust.

Last year, Braff brought his own play, All New People to the Duke of York's theatre in London, after an off-Broadway run and a UK tour, but was met with terrible reviews. One theatre critic described the play as "a 90-minute evening that makes The Breakfast Club look like Ingmar Bergman".

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Matt Trueman, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 1st July 2013 15.50 Europe/London

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