With a Latina nurse (Judy Reyes) and a white male lead (Zach Braff)), you might say the stage is set for the NBC comedy "Scrubs" to spoof the musical West Side Story. The sitcom, in fact, will feature an homage to the tuner in their episode "My Way or the Highway" set to air April 16 on NBC at 9:30PM (ET).
The homage, however, takes its key from the rivalry between interns at the hospital. "You see, the surgical and medical interns are kinda like two rival gangs," says Braff's character (John "J.D." Dorian) at the start of the one and a half minute segment. He adds, "Not real gangs, more like those cheesy gangs you see in Broadway musicals." The scene then sees the blue-scrubbed medical interns and green scrubbed surgical interns dancing towards each other down the corridor — snapping, spinning and leaping away. A jumpcut leads to a fire escape scene in which J.D. performs a duet with his college pal-cum-surgical intern Chris Turk (Donald Faison).
The episode, which tributes the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurents musical, is written by Eric Weinberg and directed by Adam Bernstein. The Jerome Robbins-like choreography was handled by Lance MacDonald. The show also features series regulars Sarah Chalke, Ken Jenkins and John C. McGinley as well as guest star Scott Foley ("Felicity").
"Scrubs" was created by executive producer Bill Lawrence and is produced by Touchstone Television. The comedy, which often delves into the inner monologue and imagination in the mind of its main character, is the highest-rated new comedy series on the air according to NBC Entertainment Publicity manager Marc Grossman. The show has already been renewed for a second season and airs Tuesday nights at 9:30 PM (ET). Check your local listings.