See these celebrities in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows

From movie stars to singers, plenty of screen and stage stars are currently headlining at New York theatres.


In New York, it's not unheard of to spot a celebrity in public, walking their dog or attending a show. So it's no wonder, with so many living here, that plenty of celebrities find themselves on the Broadway or Off-Broadway stage at some point in their career. Many actors, having come from acting schools, get their start in theatre before gaining mainstream fame as a movie or TV star, and New York's stages allow them a return to their roots. Or, tried-and-true screen actors will make their stage debuts later in their careers to try something new. Either way, putting celebrities on stage gives audiences a chance to see their favorite stars live in a whole new way.

There are many celebrities on Broadway and off-Broadway to see right now, from comedians to musicians to screen veterans, many of whom do it all. Buzzy Broadway revivals and limited-run Off-Broadway shows alike are all studded with stars. Here are the celebrities in New York shows that are performing right now.

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Lea Michele in Funny Girl

Lea Michele is the greatest star of Funny Girl on Broadway this year. Best known for starring on the hit show Glee (alongside Jane Lynch, who also performed in Funny Girl through August 2022), she now plays real-life Ziegfeld Follies performer Fanny Brice. The musical is about her rise to fame and tumultuous romance with the gambler Nicky Arnstein, played by theatre veteran Ramin Karimloo.

Her casting is also a major full-circle moment. Michele famously loves Funny Girl, and it's her Glee character Rachel Berry's favorite musical, too. Rachel even wins a Tony Award for playing Fanny on Broadway on the show! Michele is also a Broadway star in real life, having performed in shows like Spring Awakening, Fiddler on the Roof, and Ragtime. Funny Girl marks her first return to Broadway in nearly 15 years.

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Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster in The Music Man

Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster lead the big parade at the Winter Garden Theatre, playing Harold Hill and Marian Paroo in this year's Broadway revival of The Music Man. Before starring as Harold — a con man who plans to swindle the residents of River City, Iowa, out of their money — Jackman made his Broadway debut in 2004's The Boy From Oz and earned a Tony Award. He won a second one in 2012 for his solo concert, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway.

Jackman has earned even wider acclaim for his film career, with his breakthrough role as Wolverine in 2000's X-Men leading to a 17-year career with the franchise. An Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning turn in Les Misérables, P. T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman, and Robert Angier in Prestige are among his other popular screen credits.

Sutton Foster has established a formidable Broadway roster leading up to her current role as Marian, a librarian who falls in love with Harold and is hesitant to expose his scheme. She gained fame as a last-minute replacement in the title role of Thoroughly Modern Millie and eventually won a Tony for the role, and she won a second one for playing Reno Sweeney in 2011's Anything Goes, a performance she reprised in London 10 years later. She's also starred in the Broadway musicals Little WomenThe Drowsy ChaperoneYoung FrankensteinShrek, and Violet. During her seven-year Broadway hiatus between Violet and The Music Man, she starred on the comedy/drama series Younger for all seven seasons.

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Angelica Ross in Chicago

The name on everybody's lips is gonna be Angelica. Angelica Ross makes her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago, becoming the first openly transgender woman to play a lead role on Broadway. She's best known for her breakout role as Candy on FX's Pose, and she's also appeared on American Horror Story, Doubt, and TransparentRoss is also the recipient of two GLAAD Media Awards, one for her self-produced web series Her Story and another for her segment on Trevor Noah's talk show.

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Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Take Me Out

Jesse squared is a Broadway dream team. In spring 2022, Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson starred in the first Broadway revival of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, which earned the Best Revival of a Play Tony Award. Ferguson also won a Tony for his performance as accountant Mason Marzac, a role he's now reprising alongside Williams's baseballer, Darren Lemming, when the revival of Take Me Out returns for a limited fall encore.

Take Me Out follows the fallout of Darren, a star Major Leaguer, coming out as gay at the peak of his career. The role marked Williams's Broadway debut, but he's best known for his TV work as Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey's Anatomy. Mason, an openly gay man who supports Darren, is Ferguson's fourth Broadway role, but he's also widely known as a screen star for his award-winning performance as Mitchell Pritchett on all 10 seasons of Modern Family.

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

This Piano Lesson cast is music to our ears. August Wilson's play centers on two adult siblings arguing over whether to sell or keep a family heirloom piano, and their decision will determine how their family's legacy will be remembered, Playing those siblings are Danielle Brooks — a Tony nominee for The Color Purple, who's best known as Taystee on Orange Is the New Black — and John David Washington — a Golden Globe nominee for BlackKklansman and the son of Denzel Washington. He is making his Broadway debut.

Presiding over the show is the iconic Samuel L. Jackson as Doaker Charles, the siblings' uncle who preserves their family's history. He's a 2022 Oscar honoree for his lifetime contributions to film — his best-known works include Pulp Fiction (Oscar nomination), The Hateful Eight, Goodfellas, Django Unchained, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe films as Nick Fury. He's now returning to the stage in the same show that marked his Broadway debut — he was an understudy in the original 1990 production of The Piano Lesson on Broadway.

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Common in Between Riverside and Crazy

Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar winner Common needs only a Tony Award to complete the coveted EGOT honor — and Between Riverside and Crazy might just be his chance. He makes his Broadway debut as the newly paroled Junior in Stephen Adly Guirgis's Pulitzer-winning play, which follows a group of people living in a rent-controlled Upper West Side apartment, just trying to survive and start a new chapter when the odds are stacked against them.

Common has built a wide-ranging, 30-year career as an actor, a writer, a philanthropist, and a hip-hop, R&B, and rap musician. The song "Glory" from the movie Selma, which Common co-wrote with John Legend, earned him his Oscar and a Grammy. Two of his self-performed singles — "Southside" featuring Kanye West and "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" — also earned Grammys, and his song "Letter to the Free" for the documentary 13th. Common has also acted in dozens of films and TV shows, so you won't want to miss his first foray into live Broadway acting.

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Wendell Pierce, Sharon D Clarke, and André De Shields in Death of a Salesman

Attention must be paid to this Broadway cast. Arthur Miller's classic play Death of a Salesman is back in New York, led by The Wire's Wendell Pierce as Willy Loman, the title salesman who realizes it's too late to turn his life around. Playing his wife, Linda, is Sharon D Clarke, who only came onto the New York theatre scene last season with a Tony-nominated performance in Caroline, or Change, but who has a 30-plus-year, multi-award-winning career in British film, TV, and theatre under her belt.

Pierce and Clarke are reprising their acclaimed performances from Death of a Salesman in London. Newly joining them in the cast is André De Shields, a stage and screen star best known for his Tony-winning performance as Hermes in Hadestown on Broadway.

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Sara Bareilles and Brian d'Arcy James in Into the Woods.

Stephanie J. Block and the cast of Into the Woods

Practically the entire main cast of Into the Woods is made up of Broadway stars. Tony Award winner Stephanie J. Block leads the cast of this fairytale musical as the Baker's Wife opposite her real-life spouse, Sebastian Arcelus, as the Baker. The cast also includes Tony winner Patina Miller (Pippin) and Montego Glover alternating as the Witch, Tony winner Gavin Creel (Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Cinderella's Prince, Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family) as Cinderella, and Tony nominee Joshua Henry (Carousel) as Rapunzel's Prince. That's a lot of star power on one stage!

Before some new cast members stepped in, Grammy Award winner and Tony nominee Sara Bareilles and three-time Tony nominee Brian d'Arcy James starred as the Baker's Wife and the Baker, respectively. Tony nominee Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) played Cinderella, and Julia Lester, of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, played Little Red Ridinghood.

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Lillias White in Hadestown

There's a new messenger in town! André De Shields won a Tony Award for originating the role of Hermes in Hadestown, and now, fellow Tony winner Lillias White is guiding audiences down the road to hell. She has a dozen Broadway credits to her name, winning her first Tony Award for The Life and earning another nomination for Fela! White is also known for her performances in Chicago, Dreamgirls, and Once on This Island. TV fans might also recognize her from the Netflix series The Get Down or as the voice of the muse Calliope in Disney's Hercules animated movie.

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Colin Mochrie in Hyprov

Whose show is it anyway? The Off-Broadway comedy act Hyprov is Colin Mochrie's show. He's best known for his 30 years on Whose Line Is It Anyway alongside comedians like Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles, Brad Sherwood, and fellow New York theatre favorite Wayne Brady. He now brings his improv talents to the Daryl Roth Theatre alongside hypnotist Asad Mecci. In Hyprov (a word created from "hypnosis" and "improv"), Mecci hypnotizes audience members, who then perform in improv skits led by Mochrie while in a trance.

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Daniel Radcliffe in Merrily We Roll Along

Everyone from the Wizarding World to the Muggle world knows that Daniel Radcliffe became a household name for playing the title role in the Harry Potter film series. Since then, though, he's established a thoroughly diverse career on stage and screen. His other best-known movie credits include Kill Your Darlings, The Woman in Black, and Swiss Army Man. But did you know he's a stage veteran, too? Radcliffe has starred in the Broadway plays The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Lifespan of a Fact and the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

His latest stage venture is the Off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical Merrily We Roll Along. He plays Charley, one of three friends whose gradual, 20-year fallout is told in reverse order. He stars alongside Tony nominee and Hamilton star Jonathan Groff as Franklin and Carousel Tony winner Lindsay Mendez as Mary.

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Audra McDonald in Ohio State Murders

Audra McDonald is nothing short of Broadway royalty. She holds the record for the most Tony Awards won by a single performer (6), and she's the only person to have won in all four major acting categories for women: Best Leading/Featured Actress in a Musical/Play. Her award-winning Broadway credits include Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. And that's not even to mention her three additional Tony nominations, her five Drama Desk Awards, or her induction into the Theater Hall of Fame.

She's also a screen star, having appeared in shows like Private Practice, The Good Fight, and The Gilded Age. She's now back on the Broadway stage, though, starring as the professor Suzanne Alexander in Ohio State Murders. Adrienne Kennedy's play sees the professor face down a dangerous, racist force when she returns to speak at her alma mater.

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Gabriel Byrne in Walking with Ghosts

Gabriel Byrne's stage and screen career spans more than 40 years, multiple contents, and multiple mediums. He's a two-time Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner for playing Paul Weston on In Treatment, a two-time Tony nominee for Long Day's Journey Into Night and A Moon for the Misbegotten, and a performer in more than more than 80 movies including ExcaliburMiller's CrossingThe Point of No ReturnLittle Women, and Vanity Fair. Now, he's back on the Broadway stage with Walking with Ghosts, his solo show adapted from his bestselling memoir. Byrne talks about his fame, his childhood, and how major people and places have shaped his life.

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Sean Hayes in Good Night, Oscar

Hayes is best known for playing Jack McFarland in both the original run and 2017 reboot of Will & Grace. In those 11 total years, he earned a Primetime Emmy Award, four SAG Awards, and an American Comedy Award, along with six Golden Globe nominations. Besides appearing in more than 50 other TV shows and movies, McFarland has performed twice before on Broadway, earning a Tony nomination for his debut in Promises, Promises and later playing God in An Act of God.

Hayes is now returning to Broadway for the third time in Good Night, Oscar as infamous TV personality Oscar Levant. He received critical acclaim for performing the role in Chicago, and he's sure to bring the laughs in equal measure to New York.

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