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Scrubs musical in the pipeline

1 of 1 Scrubs star Zach Braff
Scrubs star Zach Braff

Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence has confirmed his plans to bring the TV series to the stage with an original musical.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly Lawrence ruled out a film but said that there could be a show on Broadway in the next couple of years.

He explained, "We're negotiating with different theatre 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 theatre 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."

Lawrence added that the musical became a viable option when Scrubs star Zach Braff was greeted by British fans, "When Zach went over there and did his play All New People, he'd come out at the end and there would be thousands of Scrubs fans. So then we really started taking seriously the idea of Scrubs as a musical. And the only reason I felt like we could entertain this idea is that it's not going – it's going back.

"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 reason that there is no movie in the works is simple for Lawrence, "We filmed so many episodes that I feel like it had played its full course. You could argue Veronica Mars got cut short in its lifespan, but for us, I never really saw any life moving past nine years. It's not really the type of show for a movie."

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