"Scrubs" Creator Developing Broadway Musical

By Carey Purcell
February 18, 2014

Entertainment Weekly reports that "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence is developing a musical for Broadway.



"We're negotiating with different theater groups who will hopefully put up the money for a year to pay the composers to develop [the project]," Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly. "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."

"Scrubs" ran on NBC for seven years before airing on ABC for its final two seasons. The Emmy Award-winning medical comedy-drama, which followed employees at the teaching hospital Sacred Heart, starred Zach Braff (Bullets Over Broadway, Trust), John C. McGinley (Glengarry Glen Ross, Requiem for a Heavyweight), Ken Jenkins (Big River, "I Am Sam") and Sarah Chalke ("How I Met Your Mother," "Rick and Morty").

Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly that he is currently deciding on the sound of the show, saying, "We're looking at everything from the singer-songwriter hip version that you can say they did with Spring Awakening to the type of sardonic Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson-type stuff."

The sixth season of "Scrubs" included a musical episode featuring Tony Award nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q) as a woman who hears everyone's speech as singing. "My Musical" was written by Debra Fordham, featuring music by Fordham, "Scrubs" resident composer Jan Stevens, The Worthless Peons' Paul Perry, Tony Award-winning Broadway orchestrator Doug Besterman (The Producers, Fosse) and the Avenue Q writing team of Tony Award winners Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, "Frozen"). Directed by Will Mackenzie, the episode was nominated for five Emmy awards.