Judd Apatow To Direct Broadway Play

If you thought Judd Apatow has conquered everything; think again. He’s grown as a director and producer in television, film, and has expanded his writing resume in print, but the once-stand up comedian is adding another job to his resume — Broadway.

Apatow, who is currently promoting his latest film This is 40, revealed to GQ that he has plans to head to New York to direct a Broadway show, or at least that’s his latest idea.

Judd Apatow told GQ in an exclusive interview about his plans to take the Broadway world by storm:

“I have a great idea. Maybe like the best idea I’ve ever had… It requires me to create characters and situations that have absolutely nothing to do with my experience. I am excited to write something which has a social conscience.”

Of course, this prompted Apatow to elaborate on his idea, which is unlike anything Apatow has ever done before in his career. According to GQ, “It’s about victims of the criminal-justice system and the challenges they face.” Unlike most of the director’s work, this particular project will not be based on his life, or family.

When GQ asked Apatow on whether or not the play will be funny, Judd said, “I think it will. But it might stop being funny.” This isn’t Judd’s first foray into mixing two different genres together. Most of his films dabble in both drama and comedy. It will be interesting to see how his unique vision transitions onto the stage, that’s for sure.

Hopefully it comes to fruition, because his new spin on an old Broadway show sounds fantastic, and something Broadway is in need of given the lack of originality in the last few years.