'Chuck' and 'Smash' stars head to BroadwayBy MARK KENNEDY , Associated Press
May. 20, 2013 11:53 AM ET
NEW YORK (AP) — A couple of stars from TV's "Chuck" and "Smash" will soon be dating on Broadway.
Producers said Monday that Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez will headline the new romantic musical comedy "First Date" by "Gossip Girl" writer Austin Winsberg.
The music and lyrics are by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner.
"First Date" centers on an uptight young investment banker who meets a serial-dater at a local bistro. A chorus of diners become various characters — family members, clergy and old lovers.
The show will be seen at The Longacre Theatre beginning July 9 with an opening set for Aug. 8.
The rest of the cast includes Sara Chase ("Arrested Development"), Kristoffer Cusick ("Wicked"), Blake Hammond ("Sister Act"), Kate Loprest ("Boardwalk Empire," and Vicki Noon ("Wicked").
The show, co-produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre, played at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle last year. It will be directed by Bill Berry, the producing director of The 5th Avenue Theatre.
Levi, who will be in the film "Thor: The Dark World," follows fellow "Chuck" alum Yvonne Strahovski to make his Broadway debut. She made a strong impression in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy."
Rodriguez, who plays Ana Vargas on "Smash," was last on Broadway in "The Addams Family," originating the role of Wednesday Addams alongside Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth. She also was in the original Broadway casts of "In the Heights," ''Spring Awakening" and "Good Vibrations."