Zach Braff to star in ‘Bullets Over Broadway’

NEW YORK – Zach Braff will make his Broadway debut next year in a musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s crime caper “Bullets Over Broadway.” The only person who might be more excited than Braff is his dad.

“If my father loved two things most, it was Woody Allen movies and Broadway musicals,” Braff said by phone from Los Angeles. “When I called my father, I said, ‘Are you sitting down?'”

Written by Allen and Douglas McGrath, the story follows a struggling young playwright who is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his latest drama. Braff will play the hero, portrayed by John Cusack in the 1994 film. “It’s thrilling,” Braff says. “I keep waking up expecting it to be a dream.”

Five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman will direct and choreograph the show, which will start performances in March 2014 at the St. James Theatre. The show will feature a full orchestra playing music of the 1920s.