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  • 28 June 2013, 16:01

Scrubs' Zach Braff To Star In Broadway Show

Zach Braff will make his Broadway debut next year in a musical adaptation of Woody Allen's crime film Bullets Over Broadway.

Written by Allen and Douglas McGrath, the story follows Shayne, a struggling young playwright who is forced to cast a mobster's talentless girlfriend in his latest drama.

Braff, famed for his role Dr John Dorian in the television series Scrubs, will play the hero, portrayed by John Cusack in the 1994 film.

"It's thrilling," Braff said. "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 in 2014.

A full orchestra will play the music of the 1920s in the Broadway adaptation.

The rest of the cast will be made up of Vincent Pastore(the Sopranos), Betsy Wolfe(The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Lenny Wolpe (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Helene Yorke (Grease).

This is not the first time Braff has worked with Allen. In 1993 the actor played Allen's son in the comedy Manhattan Murder Mystery.

Braff grew up in northern New Jersey and was introduced to acting by his father, a lawyer who did community theatre as a hobby.

Since Scrubs Braff has pursued many ventures, acting in the off Broadway play Trust and appearing in Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful.

Braff also wrote his own play, All New People, which had a run off-Broadway in 2011 and then in London, with Braff starring.

He recently used the crowd-funding site Kickstarter to raise $2m (1.3m) to fund his film, Wish I Was Here, the follow-up to his cult 2004 film Garden State.