Zach Braff to Make Broadway Debut in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY April 2014; Ashmanskas, Wolfe, Wolpe, Yorke, Pastore & More Join Cast
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY will feature Brooks Ashmanskas (The Producers), Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Zach Braff ("Scrubs," Garden State), Vincent Pastore("The Sopranos"), Betsy Wolfe (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Lenny Wolpe (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Hélene Yorke (Grease) among an ensemble cast of 29. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY will begin preview performances on Tuesday, March 11 and officially open Thursday, April 10, 2014 at The St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenue).
Five time Tony Award winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman will bring the new musical to the stage with an award winning design team of Broadway veterans including Tony Award winners Santo Loquasto (scenic design), William Ivey Long (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Doug Besterman (orchestrations)and Glen Kelly(musical arrangements and supervision) and Peter Hylenski (sound design).
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY tells the story of an aspiring young playwright (Braff) newly arrived on Broadway in 1920's New York who is forced to cast a mobster's (Pastore) talentless girlfriend (Yorke) in his latest drama in order to get it produced.
Brooks Ashmanskas (Warner Purcell). Broadway: Promises, Promises (Rob Ashford, director), Present Laughter (Nicholas Martin, dir.), The Ritz (Joe Mantello, dir.), Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (Scott Wittman, dir; Tony, Drama Desk nominations), The Producers(Susan Stroman, dir.), Gypsy (Sam Mendes, dir.), Little Me (Rob Marshall, dir.), Dream(Wayne Cilento, dir.), How To Succeed...(1996; Des McAnuff, dir.). Off-Broadway: Wise Guys (Sam Mendes, dir.), On A Clear Day...(Mark Brokaw, dir.), Labor Day (Jack O'Brien, dir.), London Suite (Daniel Sullivan, dir.), Songs For A New World (Daisy Prince, dir.).Regional: Ford's, Mark Taper, A.C.T., Williamstown, Huntington, McCarter, Hartford, Kennedy Center, Old Globe, Arena, Hangar. TOURS: Cinderella, Noises Off. FILM: Julie And Julia(Nora Ephron, dir.). TV: "The Good Wife." BA from Bennington College.
Zach Braff (David Shayne) will make his Broadway debut in the world premiere musical adaptation of Bullets Over Broadway. He most recently starred in the London premiere of his own play All New People. New York stage experience includes roles in Paul Weitz's playTrust at Second Stage and Public Theater Productions of Twelfth Night and Macbeth directed by George C. Wolfe. His feature film writing and directorial debut, Garden State, premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and earned him a coveted WGA nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The film also received the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature as well as a nomination for Best First Screenplay. In addition, Braff was awarded Best Directorial Debut by the National Board of Review, Breakthrough Director by the Hollywood Film Festival and Most Promising Filmmaker by the Chicago Film Critics Association. Braff was recently seen in the Disney film Oz the Great and Powerful and is currently shooting the independent film Wish I Was Here which he wrote (with his brother Adam Braff) and will star in alongside Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad. Braff was nominated for a 2005 Primetime Emmy Award and a 2005, 2006 and 2007 Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Dr. John "J.D." Dorian in NBC's comedy "Scrubs." Film credits include roles in The Broken Hearts Club, Getting To Know You, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Dreamworks' The Last Kiss and The Weinstein Company's The Ex. Zach is a native of New Jersey and graduate of Northwestern University's Film Program. His world premiere play All New People debuted at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre and on The West End. He has his pilot's license and is a relatively decent swimmer.