Stars on Stage in Spring 2018
Check out our guide to the biggest stars who will be appearing on the Broadway stage in spring 2018.
Whether you're a Broadway legend, a TV favorite or a Hollywood A-Lister, there's nothing quite like the rush of performing to a live audience on the Great White Way. That's why each Broadway season is packed with familiar faces - either making highly anticipated Broadway debuts or welcomed returns - and this spring's selection of stars set to grace the stage is no different. Feast your eyes on the names that have got theatres fans in a frenzy...
Bernadette Peters & Victor Garber
In the solar system that was the 2017-2018 Broadway season, Bette Midler was the sun and all the stars revolved around her. And it came as no surprise that she was awarded the Tony for her headline-grabbing efforts, resulting in a brief high-jacking of the Awards ceremony itself during her somewhat extended acceptance speech. On February 22, however, the Tony Award-winning Best Revival of Hello, Dolly! will hold a second official press night in celebration of the musical's new cast led by a couple of Broadway veterans. The unstoppable Bernadette Peters took a firm hand of the reigns on January 20, assuming the title role and adding yet another leading lady credit to her already illustrious résumé. Her greatest Broadway performances include her portrayals of Sally Durant Plummer in Follies, Mama Rose in Gypsy, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, the Witch in Into the Woods, and the dual roles of Dot and Marie in Sunday in the Park with George, and now we simply can't to see her own interpretation of Dolly Gallagher Levi! If that wasn't enough though, Ms. Peters is joined by four-time Tony Award nominee Victor Garber, who was last seen on the Great White Way in Present Laughter in 2010 and now assumes the role of Horace Vandergelder in this hit revival. He has made a name for himself in both plays and musicals with acclaimed performances in shows such as Damn Yankees, Lend me a Tenor, Noises Off, Little Me, and Deathtrap, whilst film fans won't soon forget his classic portrayal of Thomas Andrews in "Titanic" and TV fans will forever cherish his 3-time Emmy-nominated role as Jack Bristow on "Alias" or, more recently, as Dr. Martin Stein on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow". Put on your Sunday clothes and get down to the Shubert Theatre, we say!
Hello, Dolly Tickets are available now for performances through to July 15, 2018.
Only a handful of stars on this planet could be known simply by their first names... Denzel is one of them! Who could forget Denzel Washington's 2010 Tony Award-winning performance in August Wilson's Fences? His portrayal of the complex and stubborn character of Troy Maxson was so earnestly executed that a film adaptation was quickly greenlit with Mr. Washington reprising the role for the silver screen (and also serving as director). At last year's Academy Awards, he even received his seventh Oscar nomination for his efforts. Now, Mr. Washington is setting his sights on another one of Broadway's most infamous and tricky characters, as he takes on the role of Theodore "Hickey" Hickman in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. With Fences, as well as acclaimed performances in A Raisin in the Sun and Julius Caesar, under his belt, he has proven without a shadow of doubt that he is just as formidable on Broadway as he is in Hollywood.
The Iceman Cometh Tickets are available now for performances through to July 1, 2018.
Chris Evans & Michael Cera
Film favorites Chris Evans and Michael Cera may have already starred opposite each other beforehand in a few scenes of the cult movie "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," but this spring they'll be spending a whole lot more time acting together as they both star in Second Stage Theater's inaugural Broadway production at its new Broadway home of the Hayes Theater. Mr. Evans and Mr. Cera will take on the roles of Bill and Jeff, respectively, in Academy Award winner Kenneth Lonergan's murder investigation drama Lobby Hero, which marks the eagerly awaited Broadway debut for Evans. Primarily known for his work in the superhero film genre, having played The Human Torch in the "Fantastic Four" movies and, of course, portraying Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it will be intriguing to see how Mr. Evans fairs when he treads the boards this spring. His co-star, who is best known for his comedy roles in the aforementioned "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," as well as "Juno," "Superbad," and "Arrested Development," already gained favorable reviews after his Broadway debut performance as Warren Straub in This Is Our Youth in fall 2014. But when the dust has settled, will these two Lobby Heroes also be Heroes of the Broadway stage? Why not find out for yourselves?
Lobby Hero Tickets are available now for performances through to May 13, 2018.
Nathan Lane & Andrew Garfield
Two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane is arguably the most reliable and consistent performer on the Great White Way, but last year London audiences were fortunate enough to get a rare opportunity to see this man's craft on stage at the National Theatre. Widely celebrated for his comedic performances in shows such as The Producers, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Guys and Dolls, It's Only a Play, and, most recenlty, The Front Page, it was also a rare treat to see the actor take on a more grave role in the form of the somewhat dislikeable character of Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner's Tony Award-winning epic Angels in America. Luckily for New York audiences, the hugely acclaimed production transfers to Broadway this spring in what may just be another Award-winning run for Mr. Lane. He'll also be joined by the majority of the original London cast including one actor who hasn't been seen on the New York stage since his Tony-nominated Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman in 2012 - Academy Award nominee Andrew Garfield. The star of films such as "Hacksaw Ridge," "The Social Network," and the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise gave a flamboyant and, in equal parts, gutwrenching performance as Prior Walter in London and it will be equally interesting to witness the New York audience response at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Angels in America Tickets are available now for performances through to July 1, 2018.
Glenda Jackson & Laurie Metcalf
For the first time in thirty years, two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson is returning to the New York stage! Fresh from an Award-winning, gender-bending turn in the title role of King Lear at the Old Vic in London in the fall of 2016, this British icon has now set her sights on the Great White Way to star in the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee's 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Three Tall Women at the Golden Theatre. Before initially retiring from acting and taking her career in a new direction and becoming a Member of Parliament in the UK (1992 - 2015), Ms. Jackson starred on Broadway four times, earning a Tony Award nomination for each performance. She has taken on the roles of Lady Macbeth in 1988, Nina Leeds in Strange Interlude in 1985, the title role in 1981's Rose, and made her Broadway debut as Charlotte Corday in Marat/Sade in 1965. To film fans, she's perhaps best known for her Oscar-winning performances in "Women in Love" in 1971 and "A Touch of Class" in 1974, as well as her Oscar-nominated roles in "Sunday Bloody Sunday" in 1972 and "Hedda" in 1976. And speaking of Oscars, she'll be joined on stage by a lady who is deservedly creating quite a bit of buzz this Awards season - Laurie Metcalf. A first-time Academy Award nominee for her portrayal of Marion McPherson in "Lady Bird," Ms. Metcalf has long been a favorite on the Broadway stage, finally winning a Tony Award last year after her phenomenal and formidable performance as Nora in A Doll's House, Part 2, after previously earning Tony nominations for Misery, The Other Place, and November. These two stage veterans are also joined by "American Horror Story" star and Tony Award nominee Alison Pill, completing the line-up of three talented women.
Three Tall Women Tickets are available now for performances through to June 24, 2018.
Are you ready for another hotly anticipated Broadway debut? You may know him from much-loved roles in TV series such as "The Affair," "Fringe," and "Dawson's Creek," or in films such as "The Mighty Ducks" and "Cruel Intentions," but now Joshua Jackson is hoping to conquer the Great White Way. Under the direction of Kenny Leon, Mr. Jackson gave a critically acclaimed performance as James Leeds in the Berkshire Theatre Group revival of Mark Medoff's 1980 Tony Award-winning play Children of a Lesser God last year, so thanks to producer Hal Luftig for bringing this ground-breaking piece into town for an open-ended run at Studio 54. Mr. Jackson has already had a taste of both the New York and London theatre scenes with an off-Broadway debut in Second Stage Theater's production of Smart People in 2016 and a West End debut opposite Sir Patrick Stewart in A Life in The Theatre back in 2005, but Lesser God may well be the crowning jewel in his young and blossoming stage career.
Children of a Lesser God Tickets are available now for performances through to September 9, 2018.
Jessie Mueller & Joshua Henry
Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller is one of Broadway's favorite darlings, especially for younger generations of Broadway fans. She is an evolution of the Broadway star for the twenty-tens. Whilst older generations will forever hold stage icons like Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, and Chita Rivera in admiration, it has been wonderful to witness how the younger theatre fans have claimed Ms. Mueller and have flocked to see her in starring roles in Waitress and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. She made her Broadway debut opposite Harry Connick, Jr. and earned her first Tony Award nomination for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, went on to pick up a Drama Desk nomination for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and then joined the cast of Nice Work If You Can Get It, before shooting to Broadway superstardom as Carole King and winning her first Tony Award. Now she takes on the iconic role of Julie Jordan in Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic Carousel at the Imperial Theatre and is joined on stage by another young Broadway favorite in Joshua Henry, who is set to star as Billy Bigelow. This two-time Tony Award nominee got his big break after being cast as Haywood Patterson in Kander & Ebb's The Scottsboro Boys and has appeared regularly on the Broadway stage ever since, earning a second Tony nomination for his role as Flick in Violet. He has also appeared on the Great White Way in Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights, Green Day's American Idiot, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Bring It On - The Musical, and, most recently, opposite Audra McDonald in Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. If that wasn't enough, he's also spent most of 2017 playing the lead role of Aaron Burr in Hamilton, both in the Chicago production and National Tour. Carousel is certainly going to be a great ride for theatre fans in the New York City area.
Carousel Tickets are available now for performances through to September 2, 2018.
Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton & Diana Rigg
Lincoln Center Theater has put together a steller cast for its upcoming revival of Lerner & Loewe's beloved musical My Fair Lady at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Led by a handful of familiar faces from the world of television, the revival will feature Lauren Ambrose (widely known for her two-time Emmy-nominated role as Claire Fisher on "Six Feet Under," as well as her role as Jilly Kitzinger on "Torchwood") returning to Broadway for the first time since 2009's Exit the King to take on the infamous role of Eliza Doolittle. She burst onto the Broadway scene in Lincoln Center Theater's acclaimed 2006 revival of Awake and Sing! and can also currently be seen as Agent Einstein on cult TV series "The X Files". Starring as Henry Higgins will be "Downton Abbey" and "The Crown" favorite Harry Hadden-Paton who is set to make his New York stage debut. Although well-established in the West End theatre scene with appearances in plays such as Flare Path, She Stoops to Conquer, The Importance of Being Earnest, Posh, and The Pride, it will be interesting to see how the young Brit fairs in his first major role in a musical. Whilst the role of his mother, Mrs. Higgins, will be played by a British icon who has already had some experience with My Fair Lady, starring as Eliza Doolittole herself in a 1974 production. Dame Diana Rigg is a cherished stage and screen veteran, who already has a Tony Award to her name for starring in the title role of Medea in 1994. She also earned Tony nominations for her other two Broadway outings in the 1970s (Abelard and Heloise in 1971 and The Misanthrope in 1975) and was already a huge star in the 1960s for her TV role as Emma Peel on "The Avengers" and for starring in the 007 film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". Nowadays, of course, for younger generations she is primarily known for her three-time Emmy-nominated role as Lady Olenna Tyrell in the hit series "Game of Thrones". And when you throw two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz into the mix as Alfred P. Doolittle, Lincoln Center have the makings of a fine revival on their hands!
My Fair Lady Tickets are available now for performances through to September 2, 2018.
Another British star hoping to make waves in the New York theatre scene this spring is BAFTA Award winner and Olivier Award nominee Tom Hollander, who will be returning to Broadway for the first time in twenty years with a transfer of the hit Menier Chocolate Factory production of Tom Stoppard's Travesties. Not only did the production secure a West End transfer, but it also went on to earn an Olivier Award nomination for "Best Revival" largely due to the performance of Mr. Hollander in the leading role of Henry Carr - a performance which led to the actor's first Olivier Award nomination as well. Now, thanks to the Roundabout Theatre Company, New York audiences will also get the opportunity to see that portrayal at the American Airlines Theatre. In 1998, he gained critical acclaim for his role as Lord Alfred Douglas in The Judas Kiss on Broadway, and he is known to a global audience for his screen appearances in movies such as the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, "Gosford Park," and "Pride & Prejudice," and, more recently, for his BAFTA Award-winning performance as Lance Corkoran in the widely praised TV series "The Night Manager".
Travesties Tickets are available now for performances through to June 17, 2018.
Manhattan Theatre Club's spring offering on Broadway is a revival of George Bernard Shaw's epic Saint Joan at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, which will see three-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad taking on the central role of Joan of Arc. Following steadfastly in her mother, Phylicia Rashad's footsteps, she is carving out quite the stage career for herself with celebrated runs in Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful, and, most recently, A Doll's House, Part 2 already under her belt. She also gained much exposure for starring opposite Orlando Bloom as the star-crossed lovers in the 2013 revival of Romeo and Juliet and now, thanks to her TV role as Kate Sacker on Showtime's "Billions," she's getting even more exposure. But could Saint Joan become the crowning jewel of her acting career so far?
Saint Joan Tickets are available now for performances through to June 10, 2018.
Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer & Andrew Rannells
The final new Broadway show of the spring is the 50th Anniversary production of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band at the Booth Theatre, which will bring together a host of proud, openly gay actors to celebrate this landmark play's achievement of putting gay lifestyles firmly under the spotlight in the late 1960s. Among these talented actors are "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons, who has already made some memorable Broadway turns in The Normal Heart, Harvey, and An Act of God, "Star Trek" favorite Zachary Quinto, who gave stirring performances on Broadway in 2013's The Glass Menagerie and off-Broadway in Angels in America as Louis Ironson, "Magic Mike" star Matt Bomer, who previously won a Golden Globe for his performance as Felix Turner in the TV adaptation of "The Normal Heart," as well as Broadway's favorite Mormon and two-time Tony Award nominee Andrew Rannells, widely known for his TV role as Elijah Krantz on "Girls" alongside his string of Broadway hits from Hairspray to Hedwig and the Angry Inch to Hamilton (and Tony noms for Falsettos and The Book of Mormon to boot!). This is going to be a stirring tribute and a fine way to end a star-studded spring on the Great White Way.
The Boys in the Band Tickets are available now for performances through to August 11, 2018.
We hope you enoyed our guide to all the stars descending on Broadway over the next few months and that you're looking forward to getting star-struck just as much as we are!