See these Broadway plays starring celebrities
Broadway plays in 2022 are studded with stars of film, TV, stage, music, and comedy.
Watching a celebrity in your favorite movie or TV show is fun, but nothing beats seeing a star you love perform live. At the movies, you see perfectly curated camera shots, but onstage, you get to see the unedited, raw talent of celebrities on Broadway as they disappear into their characters and weather whatever spills and surprises may come during a live performance. And you get to share in that one-of-a-kind experience — being in the same room as an A-list celebrity is just the icing on the cake.
This Broadway season, there are plenty of opportunities to see celebrities onstage. The big Broadway musicals get a lot of hype, but it's the Broadway plays that often have major stars in the leading roles, and usually for a limited time. Award-winning stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Daniel Craig, and many more are all returning to the Broadway stage this season, and plenty of other screen stars are making their Broadway debuts.
See star power on stage by going to these Broadway plays featuring celebrities — now's your chance to see them live before they step away from the stage for a while. You might discover your new favorite show while you're at the theatre.
Real-life celebrity couple Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are sharing the Broadway stage for the first time in 27 years. The Sex and the City star and two-time Tony Award winner, respectively, lead the first Broadway revival of Plaza Suite through June 12. In each of three acts, the pair plays a different couple occupying Suite 719 of the Plaza Hotel: a loveless pair revisiting their honeymoon suite, two old flames poised rekindle their love, and frantic parents whose daughter has locked herself in the bathroom on her wedding day. Broderick and Parker are formidable on their own, but there's even more to love in watching the couple's real-life chemistry shine in this romantic comedy.
Take Me Out
Take Me Out boasts a formidable roster of screen stars, and now they're stepping up to the Broadway plate. Jesse Williams (Dr. Avery on Grey's Anatomy) stars as Darren Lemming, a fictional Major League Baseball player who comes out as gay in Richard Greenberg's Tony-winning play. He and Patrick J. Adams of Suits have teamed up to make their Broadway debuts with Take Me Out, and they're joined by Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson in his fourth Broadway outing. The Hayes Theater is home base for this show through May 29, and with a celebrity cast like this, it's sure to be a grand slam.
Time flies at warp speed in Birthday Candles, in which one woman named Ernestine Ashworth ages through 90 years' worth of birthdays in 90 minutes and learns more about what she wants out of life at every milestone. It also seems like time has flown since the last time Will and Grace and Smash star Debra Messing was on Broadway, eight years ago in Outside Mullingar. She now makes her triumphant return as Ernestine.
Her character's love interests are veritable celebrities, too. Enrico Colantoni of Veronica Mars fame plays Kenneth, whose high school crush on Ernestine continues into adulthood, and Tony nominee John Earl Jelks plays Matt, her actual high school crush with whom she develops a long-term relationship. May 29 — the final Birthday Candles performance — will arrive before we know it, so don't let your chance to see it fly by.
How I Learned to Drive
Since Mary-Louise Parker's career started up in the 1980s, it's never run out of gas. Many know her as Nancy Botwin in Weeds, a role she played for the show's seven-year run, earning a Golden Globe Award and three Emmy nominations in the process. She's also appeared in dozens of films and TV shows including The Portrait of a Lady and The West Wing. But theatre fans know her as a double Tony winner, for Proof and The Sound Inside, and for her Obie-winning role as Li'l Bit in Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive. She and St. Elsewhere's David Morse, who won Drama Desk and Obie Awards for playing Uncle Peck in that original production, reunite for the play's Broadway debut, which is parked in the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre through May 29.
David Mamet's play about small-time hustlers features some big-time talent. Leading the trio through July 10 is Laurence Fishburne, a Tony- and Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor known for his film roles in The Matrix, Apocalypse Now, and Othello, and for TV shows like CSI and Black-ish. He plays Donny, a junk shop owner who schemes to get back a buffalo nickel he sold for much less than it's worth. His two accomplices are major stars, too: Teach is played by Sam Rockwell, the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning actor known for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Fosse/Verdon. And Bobby is played by Darren Criss, the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Glee star and veteran Broadway actor.
If you're counting down the minutes until you can see a Pulitzer winner, a Tony winner, and screen stars on stage at the same time, you don't have to wait much longer. Tracy Letts, a Pulitzer- and Tony-winning writer for August: Osage County and Tony-winning actor for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, stars in his new play about secrets revealed during a town council meeting. Also on the council are Jessie Mueller, a four-time Tony nominee who won for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; Noah Reid, making his Broadway debut after a hit run on Schitt's Creek; and Orange is the New Black actress and Golden Globe nominee Blair Brown. It's no secret that The Minutes bursts with celebrity talent, and you can catch this ensemble on Broadway through July 10.
Making his Broadway debut in Hangmen is Alfie Allen, who plays the mysterious strange Mooney in this comedy about how a London executioner reacts to hanging being outlawed. Allen's gained fame, though, for playing Theon Greyjoy on all eight seasons of Game of Thrones, and for his film roles in Jojo Rabbit, John Wick, and The Predator. Hang around the Golden Theatre between April 8 to June 18 to see Allen live on stage.
Who isn't a celebrity in this play? Sarah Fillinger's new political farce POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive centers on the seven women in the inner circle of a problem president who spend their days cleaning up his public relations messes. The actors playing these women hail from TV, movies, Broadway, music, comedy, and dance, so you're bound to recognize at least one of them: There's Saturday Night Live veteran Rachel Dratch; Emmy winner Julianne Hough of Dancing With the Stars; Grammy, Emmy, and Tony nominee Vanessa Williams; Lea DeLaria of Orange is the New Black; Tony nominee Lilli Cooper; Tony winner Julie White; and actress/comedian Suzy Nakamura. They play their inaugural performance on April 14, and their Broadway term ends on August 14.
There's nothing foul, only fair, about seeing Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga share the stage. They star as the murderous Macbeths in Shakespeare's tragedy about ambition for power gone too far, and they'll be killing it on Broadway through July 10. Craig is making his third appearance on Broadway, following Betrayal and A Steady Rain (opposite Matthew Broderick), but most audiences know him as 007, as he's starred in the James Bond films since 2006. Negga is making her Broadway debut fresh off her critically acclaimed screen performance in the Netflix film Passing.
To Kill a Mockingbird
All rise for Greg Kinnear, who is returning to play Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird when the play reopens June 1. He assumed the role from Tony nominee Jeff Daniels in January 2022, shortly before the show took a Broadway hiatus and announced a move from the Shubert Theatre to the Belasco. Kinnear made his Broadway debut with the role; until now, he's made his name as a screen star in films like As Good as It Gets (earning an Oscar nomination), Little Miss Sunshine, You've Got Mail, The Last Song, Heaven Is for Real, Nurse Betty, and TV shows like Talk Soup (earning five Emmy nominations), The Kennedys, Confirmation, and House of Cards.