Hollywood and Broadway are often thought of as different worlds, but recently, the celebrities of the silver screen have been taking to the stage in performances in classic and new shows. Next time you’re in New York City, you may be surprised to see your favorite movie star headlining a show. Check out these Hollywood celebs who are starring in Broadway shows to get your film and stage fix.
Emma Stone in “Cabaret”
This classic yet risque show loved by many Broadway fans introduces its newest star, Emma Stone. Known for her roles in comedies like “Superbad” and “Easy A” and action films like the new “Spiderman” movies, Stone is proving her range with her stage debut. New York City Theatre calls her performance, “a perfectly balanced Sally who strikes the line between sensuality and tragic circumstance.” “Cabaret” first debuted in 1966 and is set in a 1930s Berlin burlesque. Stone is set to star in the show until mid-February, but we’re all looking forward to her future on Broadway.
Hugh Jackman in “The River”
You may remember Hugh Jackman’s performance in the film version of “Les Miserables,” but his Broadway stardom does not end there. Jackman, who has already won a Tony Award, headlines “The River,” a play by Jez Butterworth who also wrote the hit show “Jerusalem.” According to Telecharge, the “erotic, chilling and poetic” story portrays a man and woman in a remote fishing cabin who are trying to recapture someone they’ve lost through each other.
Jason Biggs and Elisabeth Moss in “The Heidi Chronicles”
Known for comedies such as “American Pie” and “Saving Silverman” as well as his recent role in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” Jason Biggs joins “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss in the revival of the 1988 play by Wendy Wasserstein “The Heidi Chronicles.” In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Moss says she likes how identifiable the character of Heidi is. “That concept of ‘having it all’ is so timeless and it’s something that of course women deal with today everyday, and it’s relevant to women of any age,” she explains. Jason Biggs plays Heidi’s love interest and said he remembers the play when it debuted at the same time as his own Broadway debut. Although it is neither of the actors’ first Broadway plays, it may just be one of their best. “The Heidi Chronicles” officially opens in March 2015.
Bradley Cooper in “The Elephant Man”
Bradley Cooper has shown his extreme range in acting in slapstick comedies like “The Hangover” and serious dramatic roles such as his latest film “American Sniper.” Now, Cooper is trying his hand at Broadway. According to New York Theatre Guide, “The Elephant Man” is based on the true-life story of John Merrick, played by Cooper, who suffered severe disfigurement, which lead to his headlining carnival freak shows. The show opened Dec. 7 and is set to run through the end of February.
James Earl Jones in “You Can’t Take It With You”
James Earl Jones brings his familiar face and voice to “You Can’t Take It With You,” a lighthearted theater classic that originally debuted on Broadway in 1936. According to Broadway.com, this revival of the show has been such a hit that it has been extended through the end of February 2015. The story is that of the classic awkward dinner between an eccentric family and the parents of their son’s new fiance. No matter how many times you see it, you won’t want to miss this Broadway staple with James Earl Jones headlining.