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See these Broadway plays starring celebrities

Broadway plays in 2022 are studded with stars of film, TV, stage, music, and comedy.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

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 are 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.

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Take Me Out

Take Me Out boasts a formidable roster of screen stars, and they're stepping up to the Broadway plate in this show for the second time after a hit run in the spring. 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 made his Broadway debuts with Take Me Out, and he's joined by Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson in his fourth Broadway outing. The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre is home base for this show's extra innings, and with a celebrity cast like this, it's a guaranteed grand slam.

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The Piano Lesson

Samuel L. Jackson is having a full-circle moment with The Piano Lesson: He made his Broadway debut as an understudy in the play in 1990, and now he's playing Doaker Charles, an elder uncle who preserves the family history while his niece and nephew fight over how to honor it. Playing that niece and nephew are stars, too: Orange Is the New Black's Danielle Brooks and BlacKkKlansman's John David Washington. That's music to our ears!

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Death of a Salesman

Attention must be paid to this starry cast. Wendell Pierce, star of The Wire and a Tony Award winner for producing Clybourne Park, plays the titular salesman as he slips toward tragedy. As his wife Linda is Sharon D Clarke, a British stage and screen star now back on Broadway after her Tony-nominated debut in Caroline, or Change last season. Plus, Pierce and Clarke first played these roles in London, with Pierce getting an Olivier Award nomination and Clarke snagging a win.

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Ohio State Murders

One of Broadway's biggest stars headlines the Broadway premiere of Adrienne Kennedy's crime thriller. Audra McDonald, the winningest actor in Broadway history with six prizes, plays Suzanne Alexander, a writer who faces the truth about a crime that took place at her alma mater. This is McDonald's latest of more than a dozen Broadway credits, and audiences also know her for her screen roles in The Good Fight and The Gilded Age.

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A Doll's House

Back in 2020, Jessica Chastain was set to lead a reimagined adaptation of A Doll's House in London, taking on the iconic role of unhappy, headstrong housewife Nora Helmer. The pandemic postponed that production, but the good news for New Yorkers is that the production is now premiering on Broadway in February 2023 instead. A Doll's House marks Chastain's first Broadway outing in 10 years; in the meantime, she's only furthered her career as a screen star and won an oscar for The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

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