Adrian Zmed, who played rookie cop Vince Romano on the '80s show T.J. Hooker, is set to ride the Broadway wave as Noah in the musical The Ark, Playbill reported today. The Ark tells the biblical story of Noah, who gathered animals into a large boat he built in order to avoid a flood. Zmed replaces David Hess only a week before the show was scheduled to go into previews on October 14.
In a statement, the producers of the show said, "Adrian Zmed will play Noah in this fun, contemporary retelling of the ancient, universal flood story."
Zmed has previous experience in musical theater, having starred as Danny Zuko in the original Broadway run of the megahit Grease. The role was played by John Travolta in the 1978 film version, but Zmed did land a part in the film version of Grease 2. Coincidentally, he has played as Noah once before, in the play Children of Eden.
On T.J. Hooker, Zmed played Vince Romano, a rookie cop put under the wing of gruff veteran cop T.J. Hooker, played by William Shatner. After four seasons, Zmed left the show and went on to star in the Tom Hanks comedy Bachelor Party. Recently, he appeared in the porn-industry comedy Sex Sells: The Making of Touche.
Zmed is the latest in a long line of television and film actors who tackle musicals. Most notably, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick received great acclaim starring in Mel Brooks' The Producers, and the two are now set to star in the Broadway remake of The Odd Couple. Brooke Shields is currently starring as Roxie Hart in Chicago, Christina Applegate braved a broken leg to retain her lead in Sweet Charity, and both David Hyde Pierce and Hank Azaria liven up Monty Python's Spamalot, a musical retelling of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
The fun, contemporary, Zmed-filled version of The Ark opens November 14.