‘Scrubs’ Is Getting the Broadway Musical Treatment
A desire to reboot Clone High isn’t the only truth bomb Bill Lawrence dropped in his EW interview yesterday. The Scrubs creator also confirmed that there’s a Scrubs Broadway musical on the way. While Lawrence said Zach Braff will not star in the production, he did say there’s a possibility that Ted’s a cappella group The Worthless Peons (Sam Lloyd’s real-life band The Blanks) will make an appearance.
Where does it stand now?
We’re negotiating with different theater groups who will hopefully put up the money for a year to pay the composers to develop [spec songs]. Disney has nicely become a silent partner in giving the rights for us to go shop it. And the most fun thing for a theater junkie is we’ve already reached the stage that various composers have been submitting songs based on an outline that we put together for the type of stuff we would do.
What’s in that outline? Do you know what story you want to tell?
We have an outline basically showing where we’re looking for songs, how we would intend to do fantasies, how we would use that a cappella band as a Greek chorus that would be on stage singing the theme when people come in. When that outline goes out to composers, they’ll know the tone because they’ve seen the show and some of the musical stuff we’ve done. If I did Scrubs, I would do it as the Legally Blonde or Wicked model. It’s all the same characters. The outline is kind of a mishmash of the pilot episode mushed together with the episode where Mrs. Landingham from The West Wing dies. We’re combining two of our best stories with what we’re allowed to cull and choose from our best comedic moments and fantasies from nine years of the show.
The possible Scrubs musical follows January’s news of two more screen-to-stage musical adaptations in the works, including one for Back to the Future and another for Bill Murray’s classic film Groundhog Day.