The news was announced on Thursday that Braff would take the stage in the crime caper as a struggling playwright who must cast a mobster’s girlfriend in his latest work. John Cusack played the role on-screen in the 1994 flick.
This also marks Allen’s Broadway musical debut with Tony award-winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman helming the show. Bullets Over Broadway is scheduled to begin previews on March 11, 2014 at the St. James Theater in New York City, with opening night happening on April 10.
Braff is excited by his new project.
He told the Associated Press, “It’s thrilling. I keep waking up expecting it to be a dream.”
In fact, doing a show on Broadway was always on his career radar.
The Garden State director added, “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.”
The only person more excited by the news is Braff’s dad, who dabbled in community theater as a hobby.
Braff shared, “I said to Woody, ‘He’ll be there more than you.’ I said, ‘I might need a cot for my father between the matinees and the evening show.'”
The 38-year-old actor is already working with a vocal coach in preparation for the 2014 show, but he’s no stranger to musical theater. Braff went to Stagedoor Manor, a musical theater camp in the Catskill Mountains of New York, as a kid, and he was a part of many musical segments during his Scrubs run.
Braff is currently working on his Kickstarter-funded film, Wish I Was Here.