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Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez cut it up recording 'First Date' album -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Eight times a week, former Chuck star Zachary Levi and Smash alum Krysta Rodriguez meet-cute in the new Broadway musical First Date. You can guess what happens next for the pair of seemingly mismatched urbanites.

The show, which opened on Aug. 8 to mostly mixed reviews despite high praise for the two leads, has been doing middling box office numbers. (For the week ending Aug. 25, it took in $411,514—just under half of the potential gross for the Longacre Theatre.) Levi, Rodriguez, and the rest of the seven-person cast recently recorded the original cast album of the musical, which will be released digitally on Sept. 24. In an exclusive video (after the jump), Levi and Rodriguez cut it up in the studio before breaking into a few bars of their first duet in the show, the appropriately titled “First Impressions.” READ FULL STORY

'First Date' musical starring Zachary Levi -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST PHOTO

Okay, so we know Zachary Levi can sing Oscar-nominated tunes from hit Disney flicks, but are you ready for the Chuck star to lay it down in a brand-new Broadway musical? First Date, a new musical comedy, follows the real-time date of Aaron (Levi) and the vivacious, sarcastic beauty Casey (Smash‘s Krysta Rodriguez), but this being a comedy, we’re going to guess that it amounts to way more than awkward giggles and slight overshares. Early word on Mr. Levi’s performance is quite encouraging, so it seems that Broadway will fit as nicely as a CV bragging right as Charles “Chuck” Bartowski did with CIA mainframes.

First Date, with a score by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner and a book by Austin Winsberg, is currently in previews at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. It’s scheduled to open officially on Aug. 8. Tickets and additional information are available on the show’s official website.

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Get a first look at the new Broadway musical 'First Date,' starring Zachary Levi -- EXCLUSIVE

Who says there are no new Broadway shows in the summertime? Bucking that trend is the team behind the anticipated new musical First Date, which begins previews next month on Broadway and marks the long hoped-for Broadway debut of Zachary Levi (TV’s Chuck, the upcoming film Thor: The Dark World…oh, and this duet).


Zachary Levi making his Broadway debut in 'First Date'

Zachary Levi is heading to the Great White Way. The actor — next seen in Thor: The Dark World and always late of NBC’s spy series Chuck — will make his Broadway debut this August in First Date, a “romantic musical comedy.” (Don’t worry, he sings.)

Levi will star opposite TV and theater actress Krysta Rodriguez (SmashThe Addams Family). The show has a book by Gossip Girl writer/producer Austin Winsberg and music/lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. Performances begin on July 9 with the opening scheduled for August 8 at the LongacreTheatre. First Date had its first production last year in Seattle where it was awarded four Seattle Times Footlight Awards, including best musical.

The full plot summary is:

When tightly wound Aaron (Levi) is set up with serial-dater Casey (Rodriguez) a quick drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious, high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds they are not alone on this date as Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons and the wait staff get into the act. Dinner is served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. First Date is Broadway’s new hysterical and hopeful new musical about the chances we take to find love.

Tickets are on sale now.

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