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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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Darren Criss and Evan Rachel Wood in Little Shop of Horrors

Evan Rachel Wood is making her Off-Broadway debuts in the cult classic horror comedy, but neither she nor Darren Criss are unfamiliar faces. Wood is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for her roles in Westworld and Mildred Pierce, and Criss won those awards for his role in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. He's also been seen in multiple Broadway shows and on Glee.

Now, 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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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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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, Elle Fanning, 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) and Elle Fanning (Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award nominee for The Great) in her Broadway debut.

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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The cast of The Night of the Iguana

Who isn't a star here? This revival of Tennessee Williams's drama about a group of people who change each other's lives after one night in a storm-wracked Acapulco hotel features a top-to-bottom stellar cast. Daphne Rubin-Vega is a Tony nominee for Rent and Anna in the Tropics. Tim Daly earned an Emmy nomination for The Sopranos. Lea DeLaria is a comedy MVP of Orange Is the New Black. Austin Pendleton's decades-long career in acting, writing, and directing has proven there's nothing he can't do. And Jean Lichty heads up La Femme Theatre Productions, the female-focused company producing this highly anticipated revival.

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Amy Ryan and Liev Schreiber in Doubt

There's no doubt that these two actors make an unmissable pair. Amy Ryan's many celebrated credits include Tony-nominated runs in A Streetcar Named Desire and Uncle Vanya, an Oscar-nominated role in Gone Baby Gone, and a SAG Award-winning performance in Only Murders in the Building. Liev Schreiber won a Tony for his performance in Glengarry Glen Ross and is known for the X-Men series on screen. Now, they team up with John Patrick Shanley on his Tony- and Pulitzer-winning play, starring as a nun and the priest whom she suspects of improper conduct.

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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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