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What Celebrities Are Making Their Way to Broadway?

What Celebrities Are Making Their Way to Broadway?

Making it to Broadway is often viewed as the highest of heights you can reach as a performer, and there is no shortage of celebrities on Broadway now.

Making it to Broadway is often viewed as the highest of heights you can reach as a performer, and there is no shortage of celebrities on Broadway now. Stars on stage in New York are shining bright as we continually celebrate the experience of live theater. As new shows prepare to head to the great bright way, let's see which famous Broadway stars, celebrities from film and TV, and more you can see in upcoming shows!

*Updated 8/22/2022


*Updated August 22, 2022

David Krumholtz, Caissie Levy, Brandon Uranowitz - Leopoldstadt

David Krumholtz is one of many of the celebrities on Broadway that audiences will be seeing this fall! Krumholtz made his debut on Broadway at age 13 when he starred alongside Judd Hirsch, Tony Shalhoub and Jason Biggs in Conversations with My Father. On television, Krumholtz starred as Eppes in the CBS drama series Numb3rs, and in film, he is known for starring in Harold & Kumar and The Santa Clause film franchises.

Caissie Levy is one of the biggest female Broadway stars today and is perhaps best known for originating the role of Elsa in Frozen on Broadway. Levy also originated the role of Molly Jensen in the West End and Broadway productions of Ghost: the Musical. Her Broadway credits also include starring as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, Sheila in Hair, a role she also played in the West End, Fantine in the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Misérables and more.

Brandon Uranowitz should be on anyone's list of stars on stage in New York you should see! Uranowitz is a three-time Tony Award nominee, receiving nominations for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performances in An American in Paris and Falsettos, and a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Burn This.

Leopoldstadt begins previews on September 14 and officially opens on Broadway October 2, 2022.

Carolee Carmello - 1776

Carolee Carmello is one of the biggest female Broadway stars on stage today. Carmello is a three-time Tony Award nominee, receiving nominations for Best Actress in a Musical for Parade and Lestat, and Best Lead Actress in a Musical for Scandalous. She is also a five-time Drama Desk nominee, having received nominations for her performances in Lestat, The Addams Family, Scandalous, and Finding Neverland, and winning the 1999 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her role in Parade.

1776 begins previews on September 16 and officially opens on Broadway on October 6, 2022

Andre De Shields, Sharon D Clarke, Wendell Pierce - Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman is a show that is packed with celebrities on Broadway, and one of those stars is Wendell Pierce. A star both on screen and on stage, Pierce will be one of the most well-known celebrities on Broadway when he returns for Death of a Salesman. Pierce starred as Detective Bunk Moreland in HBO's The Wire, trombonist Antoine Batiste in Treme, James Greer in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, Robert Zane in Suits, and Michael Davenport in Waiting to Exhale. In film Pierce starred in Malcolm X, Ray, and Selma. On stage he earned an Olivier nomination for his performance in the 2019 revival of Death of a Salesman.

Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Andre De Shields is undoubtedly one of the biggest male Broadway stars on stage today. De Shields originated the role of Hermes in Hadestown on Broadway, winning the 2019 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. De Shields also earned Tony Award nominations for his performances in Play On!, and The Full Monty. De Shields also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for his performance in the 1982 NBC broadcast of Ain't Misbehavin'.

Three-time Olivier award winner Sharon D Clarke will be one of the brightest stars on stage in New York when she returns to star in Death of a Salesman. Clarke originated the roles of the Killer Queen in We Will Rock You and Oda Mae Brown in Ghost the Musical. Clarke won her first Laurence Olivier Award in 2014 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in James Baldwin's The Amen Corner, and her second Olivier for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Caroline Thibodeaux in the 2018 West End production of Caroline, or Change, a role she reprised on Broadway in 2021. In 2020, she won her third Olivier for her role in the revival of Death of a Salesman at London's Young Vic. On screen, she is known to television audiences for her role as Lola Griffin in the medical drama Holby City, and as Grace O'Brien in Doctor Who.

Death of a Salesman begins previews on September 17 and officially opens on Broadway on October 9, 2022

Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks, John David Washington - The Piano Lesson

Samuel L. Jackson is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time, with his films having collectively grossed over $27 billion worldwide. Jackson is perhaps the biggest celebrity who will be making his way to Broadway when he stars in The Piano Lesson. Having appeared in over 150 films, Jackson is best known for film such as Coming to America, Goodfellas, School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight and more. For his role in Pulp Fiction, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Danielle Brooks is a Tony nominated star of stage and screen, best known for starring as Taystee on the television show Orange Is the New Black, and as Leota Adebayo on Peacemaker. In 2015, Brooks received a Tony Award nomination for her performance as Sofia in The Color Purple on Broadway.

John David Washington, son of Denzel Washington, is best known for his performance in Spike Lee's film BlacKkKlansman, for which he received both Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. In 2020, he starred in Christopher Nolan's film Tenet, for which he won the Saturn Award for Best Actor.

The Piano Lesson begins previews on September 19 and officially opens on Broadway on October 13, 2022.

Corey Hawkins, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II -Topdog/Underdog

Corey Hawkins is a Tony nominated actor, receiving the nod for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in Six Degrees of Separation). Hawkins is best known for his screen roles in The Walking Dead and 24: Legacy, Straight Outta Compton, Kong: Skull Island, BlacKkKlansman, and the film adaptation of In the Heights, in which he starred as Benny.

Another one of the biggest celebrities heading to Broadway is Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. An Emmy Award winner for his performance as Cal Abar in the HBO limited series Watchmen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is best known for his roles on screen in the Aquaman films, The Trial of the Chicago 7, The Matrix Resurrections, The Handmaid's Tale, Black Mirror, and more.

Topdog/Underdog begins previews on September 27 and officially opens on Broadway on October 20.

Steven Boyer, Victoria Clark - Kimberly Akimbo

Steven Boyer is one of many stars on stage in New York that audience members will have the opportunity to see when Kimberly Akimbo comes to Broadwa. Boyer is best known for originating the role of Jason/Tyrone in Hand to God Off-Broadway and in the Broadway production, a role that earned him a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Play. On stage, Boyer has also starred in Classic Stage Company's The School for Lies, Modern Terrorism, or They Who Want to Kill Us and How We Learn to Love Them at Second Stage Theatre, Free Shakespeare in the Park's King Lear, and the Broadway revival Time and the Conways.

One of the brightest stars on stage in New York, Victoria Clark has starred in multiple Broadway shows, and won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her role in The Light in the Piazza. Clark has also starred on Broadway in Guys and Dolls, A Grand Night for Singing, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Titanic, Cabaret, Urinetown, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, The Snow Geese, and many, many more. Clark also starred as Kimberly in the Off-Broadway production of Kimberly Akimbo.

Kimberly Akimbo begins previews on October 12 and officially opens on Broadway on November 10, 2022.

Luna - KPOP

South Korean singer Luna is one of the biggest celebrities heading to Broadway. A musical actress and television presenter, Luna debuted as a member of girl group f(x) in September 2009. Luna has starred in Korean versions of musicals Legally Blonde, Coyote Ugly, High School Musical on Stage!, School OZ Hologram Musical, In the Heights, Rebecca, Rudolf (The Last Kiss) and Autant en emporte le vent (Gone with The Wind). In 2016, she released her debut extended play Free Somebody.

KPOP begins previews on October 13 and officially opens on Broadway on November 20, 2022.

Betsy Wolfe, Stark Sands, Paulo Szot, - & Juliet

Betsy Wolfe is one of the biggest female Broadway stars on stage today. Wolfe has starred as Jenna, the title role, in Waitress on Broadway, Cordelia in the Broadway revival of Falsettos, Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cathy in the Off-Broadway revival of The Last Five Years, and more. In 2020, Wolfe starred in the holiday film Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol With A Twist.

Stark Sands is a two-time Tony Award nominee, known for his role as Tunny in the original Broadway cast of American Idiot, and for originating the role of Charlie Price in Kinky Boots on Broadway, which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. Sands was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Journey's End.

Paulo Szot has had an international career as an opera singer and musical theatre performer, having performed with Metropolitan Opera, La Scala di Milano, Opera de Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opera Australia, Liceo de Barcelona. He made his Broadway debut in the 2008 revival of South Pacific, winning the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Theatre World Award. He also starred as Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago both on Broadway, and in Brazil.

& Juliet begins performances on October 28 and officially opens on Broadway on November 17, 2022.

Christian Borle - Some Like It Hot

Star of stage and screen, Christian Borle is one of the biggest male Broadway stars today. Borle is a two-time Tony Award winner for his roles as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher and as William Shakespeare in Something Rotten!. Borle originated the roles of Prince Herbert, et. al. in Spamalot, and Emmett in Legally Blonde on Broadway. He also starred as Marvin in the 2016 Broadway revival of Falsettos. On television, Borle starred as Tom Levitt on the NBC musical-drama series Smash.

Some Like It Hot begins previews on November 1 and officially opens on Broadway December 11, 2022.

Will Swenson - A Beautiful Noise

Will Swenson is best known for his performances as Berger in Hair on Broadway, which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Tick (Mitzi) in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and Earl in Waitress. He also starred in the revival of Les Miserables, as well as starring Off-Broadway in Rock of Ages, Murder Ballad, Little Miss Sunshine, Assassins, and more.

Robyn Hurder is best known for originating the role of Nini in the stage adaptation of Moulin Rouge! on Broadway, a performance which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Hurder also performed on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It, Grease, The Wedding Singer, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2005).

A Beautiful Noise Begins previews on November 2 and officially opens on Broadway on December 4, 2022


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