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.

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Gillian Russo

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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Jinkx Monsoon and Corbin Bleu in Little Shop of Horrors

Jinkx Monsoon is the new queen of Broadway. Just over a year after making her Broadway debut as Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago, the RuPaul's Drag Race champion will return to the role in June. But before she does, she's stepping into Little Shop of Horrors opposite High School Musical star and Broadway vet Corbin Bleu, who first performed in the show earlier this year.

The pair star as Seymour and Audrey, two flower shop workers whose lives are unrooted by a talking, human-flesh-eating plant.

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The Broadway cast of Hadestown

Who knew the underworld was so starry? Hadestown on Broadway is stacked with celebrity talent right now. Father/daughter acting duo Jon Jon Briones (Miss Saigon) and Isa Briones (Star Trek: Picard, Goosebumps) take audiences down the road to hell as Hermes and Eurydice, and Jordan Fisher (Hamilton) walks that road as Orpheus. Plus, Grammy-winning musician Ani DiFranco, who sang the role of Persephone on Hadestown's 2010 concept album, is making her Broadway debut in that role on stage.

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Daniel Radcliffe

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 was the Off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical Merrily We Roll Along, which is now moving to Broadway with Radcliffe and the rest of his cast. 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 Frank and Carousel Tony winner Lindsay Mendez as Mary.

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Sarah Paulson and Corey Stoll in Appropriate

Before becoming an Emmy Award winner known for American Horror Story and American Crime Story, Sarah Paulson made her Broadway debut in 1994 in The Sisters Rosensweig. She went on to star in two more Broadway productions but hasn't taken the stage since 2010. But now, she returns for Appropriate, the Broadway-debut play by Pulitzer finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, alongside Corey Stoll (Golden Globe nominee for House of Cards).

Paulson stars as Toni, the oldest daughter in a family grappling with the death of their patriarch. When they reunite to settle his estate, deep, dark secrets and tensions resurrect.

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Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons, and Celia Keenan-Bolger in Mother Play

As if a new play by Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of How I Learned to Drive, wasn't exciting enough, its cast takes it to another level. Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons, and Celia Keenan-Bolger star as a mother, Phyllis, and her two adult children, all of whom must cope with the fact that Phyllis's very rigid plans for who they should be, as a family and as individuals, are different from who her kids actually are.

Oscar and Tony winner Lange returns to Broadway after her acclaimed turn in Long Day's Journey into Night, while Parsons just headlined the Off-Broadway revival of A Man of No Importance in 2022. Keenan-Bolger is best known for her Tony-winning portrayal of Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway.

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Jeremy Strong, Michael Imperioli, and Victoria Pedretti in An Enemy of the People

He's a Broad-Waystar! Fresh from his acclaimed run as Kendall Roy in HBO's Succession, which earned him Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, Jeremy Strong makes a return to Broadway. He last appeared on the big stage in 2008's A Man For All Seasons, which also marked his Broadway debut. Now, in winter 2024, he plays Dr. Thomas Stockmann in Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People. His character exposes poison in his small spa town's water supply — and is met with criticism for daring to threaten the town's prosperity.

Alongside him is The Sopranos Emmy winner and Goodfellas and The White Lotus star Michael Imperioli, as well as You and The Haunting of Hill House's Victoria Pedretti, respectively making their Broadway debuts as Peter and Petra Stockmann. What a trio!

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Eddie Redmayne in Cabaret

Wilkommen back to Broadway, Eddie. After starring as the Emcee in director Rebecca Frecknall's London revival of Cabaret — and winning an Oliver Award to boot — he reprises the role for the production's Broadway transfer opposite Glow's Gayle Rankin as Sally Bowles.

Redmayne previously won a Tony and an Olivier for his performance in the play Red on both sides of the pond, but most know him best for his screen work, including his Oscar-winning performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and Oscar-nominated role of Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl.

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Steve Carell in Uncle Vanya

Fans may know Steve Carell best for his star turn as Michael Scott on the sitcom The Office, but with movies like The Big Short and Little Miss Sunshine, he proved he knows his way around a drama, too. He now brings those skills to the title role of Anton Chekhov's classic play about a family turned upside down. He leads an all-around starry cast that also includes Alfred Molina, Anika Noni Rose, William Jackson Harper, Alison Pill, and Jayne Houdyshell.

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Rachel McAdams in Mary Jane

Rachel McAdams has a long history as queen of the silver screen. Following acclaimed performances in modern classic rom-coms like The Notebook and The Time Traveller's Wife, she earned an Oscar nomination for playing journalist Sacha Pfeiffer in Spotlight. Now, she makes her Broadway debut in the title role of Amy Herzog's play about a single mother seeking support amid a difficult family situation.

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Wayne Brady in The Wiz

Wayne Brady is back. Though most people know him for headlining shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Let's Make a Deal, Brady is also a prolific stage actor. He's performed in two Broadway productions of the hip-hop improv show Freestyle Love Supreme, and he's taken over the meaty roles of Billy Flynn in Chicago and Lola in Kinky Boots. Now, for the first time, Brady originates a role in a Broadway production: the title role in the latest revival of The Wiz, an all-Black adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.

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Michael Stuhlbarg in Patriots

Best known for his onscreen performances Boardwalk Empire, Call Me By Your Name, and A Serious Man, Michael Stuhlbarg is also a Tony-nominated stage veteran — but it's been nearly 20 years since he's graced the Broadway stage. He makes his grand return this spring in Patriots as Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch and Vladimir Putin's fiercest critic — after he got him into the Russian presidency in the first place.

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Marc Summers in The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers

Marc Summers raised a whole generation of kids as the host of two gloriously greasy, messy shows: Nickelodeon's Double Dare and Food Network's Unwrapped. Behind the scenes, though, he struggled with OCD and various other physical challenges, to borrow a Double Dare tagline. He gives audiences an inside look at his life in his new one-man show, which even includes a portion where he hosts a mock Double Dare segment with audience volunteers.

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Grant Gustin in Water for Elephants

Grant Gustin has become a household name in a flash. That's due to his starring role as The Flash in TV series of the same name, as well as on the related shows Supergirl and Arrow. He's also known for playing Sebastian Smythe on Glee. Now, he makes his Broadway debut in the lead role of Jacob, an ex-vet student who finds forbidden romance and a new life calling with a traveling circus, in Water for Elephants.

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Nicole Scherzinger in Sunset Boulevard

Nicole Scherzinger may be making her Broadway debut as fading film star Norma Desmond, but she has such a stacked resume, it's hard to believe she hasn't graced the New York stage yet. Since her career with the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger has starred in Cats in London (earning an Olivier Award nomination), the live televised musical Annie on NBC, and more.

Now, after starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical about the dark side of Hollywood to critical acclaim, she's reprising the role on Broadway. Scherzinger is ready for her close-up!

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Kit Connor, Rachel Zegler, and Jack Antonoff in Romeo + Juliet

Three celebrities are making their Broadway debuts with Romeo + Juliet, a reimagined revival of Shakespeare's classic tragedy. One is Rachel Zegler, a Golden Globe winner for playing Maria in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story and the star of the Hunger Games prequel movie The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Her Romeo is Kit Connor, known for his breakout role as Nick on the Netflix show Heartstopper.

The third celebrity is Jack Antonoff. Unlike when he's performing with his band Bleachers, you won't see him on stage. The musician and producer, who's worked with major musicians like Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey, wrote original music for this Romeo + Juliet revival.

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Robert Downey Jr. in McNeal

One of the highest-grossing actors of all time, Robert Downey Jr. has assembled millions of fans in his 10 years playing Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More recently, he won his first Oscar (after being nominated twice before) for playing Lewis Strauss in the blockbuster hit film Oppenheimer. Now, he makes his Broadway debut in the new play McNeal, starring as a celebrated writer whose old troubles affect his latest work.

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The Roommate

Mia Farrow and Patti LuPone are roommates (as the title suggests) in Jen Silverman's one-act play about second chances. Recently divorced Sharon takes in a roommate, Robyn, for the first time in her life following her divorce, and an unexpected intimacy forms between these two extremely different women.

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Julianna Margulies and Peter Gallagher in Left on Tenth

ER and The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies and The O.C. star Peter Gallagher may be best known for their TV work, but both have experience taking the stage. For the first time, they'll take it together in Left on Tenth, a play based on the same-named memoir by You've Got Mail screenwriter Delia Ephron. Margulies stars as Delia, who meets Peter, an old flame from her past, just as her life takes an unexpected turn.

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Denzel Washington and Jake Gyllenhaal in Othello

Denzel Washington and Jake Gyllenhaal star as Othello and Iago in the first revival of Shakespeare's Othello since 1982, premiering in spring 2025.

Washington is a Tony Award winner for Fences and a two-time Oscar winner for Glory and Training Day, atop his dozens of other stage and screen credits. Gyllenhaal is a Tony nominee for Sea Wall/A Life and a two-time Golden Globe nominee for Nightcrawler and Love & Other Drugs, and he now makes his Shakespearean debut with Othello.

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George Clooney in Good Night, and Good Luck

Hollywood's ultimate leading man is about to become Broadway's ultimate leading man. The two-time Oscar winner is making his Broadway debut as journalist Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck in spring 2025. The play is adapted from the 2005 movie Clooney co-wrote, directed, and starred in. He also co-wrote the play's script with his original co-screenwriter Grant Heslov, making this show Clooney's Broadway writing debut as well. What can't Clooney do?

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