It's official: Jerry Zaks, whose recent Broadway directing credits have included A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum and last minute triage on The Capeman, will direct the new Broadway comedy, Epic Proportions, due to start previews Aug. 17 and open Sept. 16 at the Helen Hayes Theatre. The Hayes' current tenant, Night Must Fall, closes June 27.
Full casting is expected by the end of the month, though Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth (You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown) has been confirmed for a lead role, according to a Pete Sanders office spokesperson. Rehearsals begin July 20.
Epic Proportions, by Larry Coen and David Crane, is being produced by Brent Peek, Mark Schwartz, Bob Cuillo, Bob Barandes and Matthew Farrell. Designing the show are David Gallo (set), Paul Gallo (lighting), William Ivey Long (costumes) and Aural Fixation (sound).
A look at Hollywood during the Studio Era, Epic Proportions takes place on the set of a 1930s Biblical epic. Variety has reported that the plot centers on a love triangle between two extras and a director.
Coen and Crane penned the script three years ago but were waiting for Zaks to come available to direct. Co-author Crane is the co-creator of the TV sitcoms "Friends" and "Veronica's Closet" and serves as executive producer on "Jesse."