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, is nearly set to direct a new Broadway comedy, Epic Proportions, due to open Sept. 16. Zaks's agent at Writers & Artists told Playbill On-Line the deal wasn't 100 percent done, but it's "highly likely" within the next few weeks.
The New York Times reported Tony nominee Kristin Chenoweth (You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown) has been approached for a leading role in the show.
The Larry Coen and David Crane comedy is being produced by Brent Peek, Mark Schwartz, Bob Cuillo, Bob Barandes and Matthew Farrell. Production spokesperson Pete Sanders confirmed the production's plans but could not further elaborate on casting.
A look at Hollywood during the Studio Era, Epic Proportions takes place on the set of a 1930s Biblical epic. Variety reports 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."