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Published on: Oct 19, 2022
Last Updated on: May 13, 2024
By: Kathryn Willingham
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Part of the fun of Broadway is seeing your favorite celebrities, New York actors, and Broadway stars in person. And you may be surprised by just how many Hollywood stars have been on stage in recent years. Nicole Kidman graced the Broadway stage as early as 1998 in The Blue Room. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis both won a Tony for Fences in 2010, the same year Scarlett Johansson made her Broadway debut in A View from the Bridge. Tom Hanks starred in Lucky Guy in 2013. Carly Rae Jepsen starred in Cinderella in 2014, Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams starred in Blackbird in 2016, and Bryan Cranston starred in Network in 2018. Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon starred in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and Tom Hiddleston starred in Betrayal in 2019. In 2022/2023 alone, Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, Darren Criss, Daniel Craig, Ruth Negga, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Hugh Jackman, Jesse Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Lane, Oscar Isaac, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessica Chastain, Ben Platt and Lea Michele all graced the Broadway stage. Here’s who you can see right now:

Celebrities in Broadway Musicals

Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club in the August Wilson Theatre

Cabaret

Eddie Redmayne stars in Cabaret at the August Wilson Theatre.

Why You Know Eddie: Eddie Redmayne is known for his roles in the films The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl, the Fantastic Beasts films, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and The Good Nurse. He has previously been seen on Broadway in Red.

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Hadestown

Ani DiFranco joins the cast of Hadestown as Persephone.

Why You Know Ani: Ani DiFranco is a Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter. She originated the role of Persephone on Anaïs Mitchell's studio album of Hadestown, released on DiFranco's label Righteous Babe Records. This is her Broadway debut.

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Merrily We Roll Along

Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff, and Lindsay Mendez star in the musical Merrily We Roll Along at the Hudson Theatre.

Why You Know Daniel: Daniel Radcliffe starred as Harry Potter in the popular film franchise as well as in films like Victor Frankenstein, Kill Your Darlings and The Woman in Black and the tv shows Miracle Workers and A Young Doctor’s Notebook. He was previously on Broadway in Equus, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Lifespan of a Fact.

Why You Know Jonathan: Jonathan is known for his Tony-nominated roles of Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening and King George III in Hamilton as well as for the TV shows “Glee,” “Mindhunter,” and “Looking” and the films Frozen and The Matrix Resurrections.

Why You Know Lindsay: Lindsay won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel and has also been seen on Broadway in Wicked, Godspell, and Grease. She stars as Sara Castillo in the tv show “All Rise.”

Water for Elephants at the Imperial Theatre

Water for Elephants

Grant Gustin stars in Water for Elephants at the Imperial Theatre.

Why You Know Grant: Grant Gustin is known playing Barry Allen/The Flash on the tv series The Flash as well as for his performance as Sebastian Smythe on Glee. He has also been seen in the national tour of West Side Story. This is his Broadway debut.

Celebrities in Broadway Plays

Enemy of the People at Circle in the Square

An Enemy of the People

Jeremy Strong and Michael Imperioli star in An Enemy of the People at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

Why You Know Jeremy: Jeremy Strong is known for his role of Kendall Roy in the HBO series Succession as well as for his performance in the TV shows Masters of Sex and The Good Wife and the films Armageddon Time, Molly’s Game, The Big Short, and Zero Dark Thirty. He has previously been seen on stage in The Great God Pan, The Hallway Trilogy, The Coward, and A Man for All Seasons.

Why You Know Michael: Michael Imperioli is known for his role of Christopher Moltisanti in the HBO series The Sopranos as well as for the TV series The White Lotus and Life on Mars and the films Goodfellas, Bad Boys, The Lovely Bones, and Summer of Sam.

Appropriate at the Belasco

Appropriate

Sarah Paulson stars in Appropriate at the Belasco Theater after a hit run at the Hayes Theatre.

Why You Know Sarah: Sarah Paulson is known for her roles in the tv shows American Horror Story, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Ratched, and Impeachment: American Crime Story as well as for the films Mud, 12 Years a Slave, Carol, The Post, Oceans 8, and Glass. She has previously been seen on Broadway in Collected Stories and The Glass Menagerie.

Mary Jane starring Rachel McAdams

Mary Jane

Rachel McAdams stars in Mary Jane at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Why You Know Rachel: Rachel McAdams is known for her roles in the films Mean Girls, Wedding Crashers, The Notebook, Midnight in Paris, Spotlight, and Doctor Strange as well as for the her role in the second season of the tv show True Detective. This is her Broadway debut.

Mother Play at the Hayes

Mother Play

Jessica Lange and Jim Parsons star in Mother Play at the Helen Hayes Theater.

Why You Know Jessica: Jessica Lange is known for her performances in the films Tootsie, Blue Sky, Cape Fear, Big Fish, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Grey Gardens, as well as for the tv shows Feud and American Horror Story. She has previously been seen on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

Why You Know Jim: Jim Parsons is known for his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory as well as for the films Spoiler Alert, The Boys in the Band, and Hidden Figures, and the tv shows Hollywood and Young Sheldon. He has previously been seen on Broadway in The Normal Heart, Harvey, and An Act of God.

Patriots

Patriots

Michael Stuhlbarg stars in Patriots at the Barrymore Theatre.


Why You Know Michael: Michael Stuhlbarg is known for his performance in the films A Serious Man, Lincoln, Hitchcock, Steve Jobs, Trumbo, The Post, Blue Jasmine, Arrival, The Shape of Water, and Call Me By Your Name as well as for the tv shows Boardwalk Empire, Dopesick, Fargo, Your Honor, and The Staircase. He has previously been seen on Broadway in The Pillowman, The Invention of Love, and Cabaret.

Uncle Vanya

Steve Carell, William Jackson Harper, Alfred Molina, and Alison Pill star in Uncle Vanya at Lincoln Center Theater.

Why You Know Steve: Steve Carell is known for his performance as Michael Scott in The Office, as well as for his roles in the tv shows The Patient, Space Force, and The Morning Show and the films Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Get Smart, Little Miss Sunshine, The Big Short, Beautiful Boy, Vice, and Asteroid City.

Why You Know William: William Jackson Harper is known for his performance as Chidi Anagonye in the tv show The Good Place as well as for his roles in The Resort and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. He has previously been seen on Broadway in All the Way.

Why You Know Alfred: Alfred Molina is known for his performance as Otto Octavious in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man: No Way Home as well as for his roles in the films An Education, Luther, and Frida and the tv show Feud. He has previously been seen on Broadway in Red, Fiddler on the Roof, and Art.

Why You Know Alison: Alison Pill is known for her roles in the films Vice, Milk, Midnight in Paris, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen as well as in the tv shows The Newsroom, In Treatment, American Horror Story: Cult, Star Trek: Picard, Them, and Devs.

Celebrities Off-Broadway

Jordans at the Public Theater

Jordans

Kate Walsh stars in Jordans at the Public Theater.

Why You Know Kate: Kate Walsh is known for portraying Dr. Addison Montgomery in Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice as well as for her performance in the tv shows Emily in Paris, The Umbrella Academy, 13 Reasons Why, and Bad Judge. She has previously been seen on stage in Dusk Rings a Bell, Troilus and Cressida, Moon Under Miami, and Happy Birthday Wanda June.

The Life & Slimes of Marc Summers at New World Stages

The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers

Marc Summers stars in The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers at New World Stages.

Why You Know Marc: Marc Summers was the host of the Nickelodeon game show Double Dare and then hosted Unwrapped on the Food Network and served as executive producer of Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible.

Little Shop of Horrors

Jinkx Monsoon and Corbin Bleu star in Little Shop of Horrors at the Westside Theatre.

Why You Know Jinkx: Jinkx Monsoon won the crown – twice – on RuPaul’s Drag Race, earning the title “Queen of all Queens.” She has previously been seen on stage as Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago.

Why You Know Corbin: Corbin Bleu is known for his role as Chad Danforth in the High School Musical trilogy as well as for his music career. He has previously been seen on Broadway in In the Heights, Godspell, Holiday Inn, and Kiss Me, Kate.

The Welkin

The Welkin

Sandra Oh stars in The Welkin at Atlantic Theater Company.

Why You Know Sandra: Sandra Oh is known for her roles as Dr. Cristina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy, Eve Polastri in Killing Eve, Ji-Yoon Kim in The Chair, and Rita Wu in Arliss as well as for her performances in the films Sideways, The Princess Diaries, The Night Listener, and Quiz Lady.

Celebrities Coming Soon to Broadway

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Chicago

Jinkx Monsoon returns to the musical Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton, matron of the Cook County Jail, starting June 27, 2024.

Why You Know Jinkx: Jinkx won the crown – twice – on RuPaul’s Drag Race, earning the title “Queen of all Queens.”

The Roommate

Patti LuPone and Mia Farrow will star in The Roommate at the Booth Theatre starting August 29, 2024.

Why You Know Patti: Patti LuPone won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Gypsy and Evita and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Company. She has also starred in the musicals War Paint, Sweeney Todd, and Anything Goes and has been seen in many tv shows including Penny Dreadful, Pose, Hollywood, and American Horror Story: Coven.

Why You Know Mia: Mia Farrow is known for her performance in the films Rosemary’s Baby, The Great Gatsby, Death of the Nile, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and The Omen as well as in the tv shows Third Watch and The Watcher.

McNeal

Robert Downey Jr. will star in McNeal at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre starting September 5, 2024.

Why You Know Robert: Robert Downey Jr. is known for his performance as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as for the films Sherlock Holmes, Oppenheimer, Tropic Thunder, Zodiac, and Chaplin, as well as the tv shows The Sympathizer and Ally McBeal.

Our Town

Jim Parsons, Katie Holmes, and Zoey Deutch will star in Our Town at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre starting September 17, 2024.

Why you know Jim: Jim Parsons starred as Sheldon Cooper in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory on CBS and as Henry Wilson in Hollywood on Netflix. He is also known for producing and starring in the film Spoiler Alert. He has previously been seen on Broadway in Mother Play, The Normal Heart, Harvey, An Act of God, and The Boys in the Band.

Why You Know Katie: Katie Holmes is known for her performance in the films The Ice Storm, Pieces of April and Batman Begins as well as for the role of Joey Potter in the TV show Dawson’s Creek. She has previously been seen on Broadway in Dead Accounts and All My Sons.

Why You Know Zoey: Zoey Deutch is known for her roles in the TV shows The Politician and Ringer as well as for the films Vampire Academy, Set It Up, Before I Fall, and Zombieland: Double Tap.

Maybe Happy Ending

Darren Criss will star in Maybe Happy Ending at the Belasco Theatre starting September 18, 2024.

Why You Know Darren: Darren Criss is known for his performance in the tv shows Glee, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, and Hollywood. He has previously been seen on Broadway in American Buffalo, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and off-Broadway in Little Shop of Horrors.

Sunset Boulevard

Nicole Scherzinger will star in Sunset Boulevard starting September 28, 2024.

Why You Know Nicole: Nicole Scherzinger was the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, has been a judge on The X Factorand Australia’s Got Talent, and she played the role of Grace Farrell in Annie Live! She has previously been seen on stage in Cats at the London Palladium.

Celebrities Coming Soon Off-Broadway

What Became of Us at the Atlantic

What Became of Us

BD Wong, Rosalind Chao, Tony Shalhoub, and Shohreh Aghdashloo star in What Became of Us at the Atlantic Theater starting May 17, 2024.

Why You Know BD: BD Wong is known for his performances as Whiterose in Mr. Robot, Dr. Henry Wu in the Jurassic Park film franchise, Dr. George Huang in Law & Order: SVU, Hugo Strange in Gotham, and Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme in Seven Years in Tibet. He has previously been seen on Broadway in M. Butterfly.

Why You Know Rosalind: Rosalind Chao is known for the films The Joy Luck Club and the live action remake of Mulan as well as for the tv shows The O.C., Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and AfterMASH. She has previously been seen on stage in The Great Wave and Some Girl(s).

Why You Know Tony: Tony Shalhoub is known for his performance as Adrian Monk on the tv show Monk and as Abe Weissman on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as well as for the films Galaxy Quest, Men in Black, and Flamin’ Hot. He has previously been seen on Broadway in The Band’s Visit, The Price, The Mystery of Love and Sex, Act One, Golden Boy, Lend Me a Tenor, and more.

Why You Know Shohreh: Shohreh Aghdashloo is known for the films The House of Sand and Fog, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, X: Men: The Last Stand, The Nativity Story, and Star Trek Beyond as well as for the tv shows House of Saddam, The Expanse, and 24. She has previously been seen on stage in The House of Bernarda Alba.

Little Shop of Horrors

Sarah Hyland and Andrew Barth Feldman will star in Little Shop of Horrors starting May 28, 2024.

Why You Know Sarah: Sarah Hyland is known for her performance as Haley Dunphy in the tv series Modern Family as well as for hosting Love Island USA. Her films include The Wedding Year, Dirty Dancing, XOXO, and Scary Movie 5. She has previously been seen on Broadway in Grey Gardens as young Jacqueline Bouvier.

Why You Know Andrew: Andrew Barth Feldman is known for his performance in the film No Hard Feelings and the tv show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. He has previously been seen on Broadway as Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen.

King Lear on the West End

King Lear

Kenneth Branagh stars in and directs King Lear at The Shed in Fall 2024 after a run on London's West End.

Why You Know Kenneth: Kenneth Branagh both directed and starred as Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, and A Haunting in Venice. He also directed and starred in the Shakespeare plays Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Hamlet, and As You Like It and has been seen in the films Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Celebrity, and My Week with Marilyn. He also wrote and directed the film Belfast.

Hollywood Stars Who Got Their Start on Stage

Broadway is known for creating stars. Here are actors you might now know got their start on the Great White Way and the West End:

Nick Jonas appeared on Broadway as a child performer in Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Misérables. Les Misérables is known for its young talent. Gaten Matarazzo (Stranger Things) once played the role of Gavroche and Lea Michele, known for Spring Awakening and “Glee,” played Young Cosette, Young Eponine, and Gavroche in Les Misérables at different times.

Ariana Grande made her Broadway debut in the musical 13. She has most recently been cast in the upcoming musical adaptation of Wicked in the role of Glinda, originally played on stage by Kristin Chenoweth. Cynthia Erivo will be playing the role of Elphaba, originally played on stage by Idina Menzel. 

Tom Holland starred as Billy Elliot in the West End musical production in 2008.

Anna Kendrick made her Broadway debut – and earned a Tony nomination - in 1998 in the musical High Society

Meryl Streep got her start on stage, acting in multiple off-Broadway plays in New York. She made her Broadway debut in the musical Happy End in 1977. 

Broadway Celebrity Memoirs

Looking to learn more about Broadway stars? Check out our article, The Ultimate Guide for Best Books About Broadway, to find memoirs, biographies, and more!

Celebrities on the West End

Check out our article about Celebrities on the West End to find out which stars are acting on London stages right now and who is coming soon!

Kathryn Willingham

Head of Creative Development at Jean Doumanian Productions

Kathryn Willingham has worked in entertainment for over ten years, and recent credits include: Co-producer of SHRINK currently streaming on Peacock, Associate Producer of the independent film UNA, and Creative Executive on multiple theatrical productions including HANGMEN by Martin McDonagh on Broadway, NASSIM by Nassim Soleimanpour Off-broadway and Associate on productions EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe and THE EFFECT by Lucy Prebble. She was Producer of Todd Almond’s musical travelogue “Wyoming and Parts of Kansas” and Production Coordinator for Karen O and KK Barrett's “Stop the Virgens.”

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Education: B.A. in English, Literature & Creative Writing from Rhodes College
Knowledge: Theatrical Production

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Oct 19, 2022

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