Sunday, May 26, 2024

Zach Braff Goes Off Broadway Again; John Slattery Waits for “Mad Men,” Too


“Scrubs” star Zach Braff is heading back to off Broadway. The “Garden State” director-writer appeared last summer at the Second Stage company in “Trust” and got great reviews. Now he’s written a play that Second Stage will produce this coming August. No cast announcements yet. But Braff is connected to lots of good actors in New York, where he’s resumed residence after success in Hollywood. Actually, as he said the other day, “I’m back and forth.”  I’m sure this play, like “Trust,” will have all the summering Hamptonians making the trip into the city…

…Meantime John Slattery, who co-stars in “The Adjustment Bureau,” opening in movie theatres next week, is also waiting for the “Mad Men” situation to be resolved. Slattery– aka Roger Sterling–  was at last night’s premiere of “Good People” on Broadway with wife actress Talia Balsam, whose famous mother, Joyce van Patten, will soon open at Studio 54 in “The People in the Picture,” a musical. Slattery has absolutely no inside info; no one does. Balsam had a funny observation though (she plays Roger Sterling’s ex wife on “Mad Men”): “As a fan, I used to get really angry when it took so long for The Sopranos to come back–like a year and a half. Now we know how it really feels!”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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