Denzel Washington in A Raisin In The Sun[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Bryan Cranston in All The Way on Broadway[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
James Franco, Leighton Meester and Chris O’Dowd on Broadway in Of Mice and Men[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Zach Braff in Bullets Over Broadway[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple Of Inishmaan[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Michelle Williams in Cabaret[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei, Michael C. Hall in The Realistic Joneses[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Carly Rae Jepsen in Cinderella[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Fantasia Barrino in After Midnight[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Michael Cera in This Is Our Youth[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Real Thing[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Ewan McGregor in The Real Thing[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
They say if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. Which may explain why so many stars are taking to the Great White Way with roles in Broadway shows this year. Another possible explanation for a move to New York: CitiBikes, cronuts and the proximity to Beyoncé and Jay Z.
This season, Broadway is especially jam-packed with huge names from the big and small screens. Some of these performers have already topped the film and music industries, and have a background in theater; making their Broadway debut in a high-profile production seems like the next logical step. For Daniel Radcliffe and Bradley Cooper, performing to a house of people who may or may not have turned off their cell phones is old hat. Denzel Washington has previously starred in Broadway productions of Checkmates, Julius Caesar and won a Tony Award for Fences, but it’s his current turn in A Raisin in the Sun that got Barack and Michelle Obama to head to New York for a visit. James Franco is enjoying his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men — opposite Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester — and all the attention that comes with it.
Plenty of stars have musical roots, but who’s taking to the stage eight times a week? In order to better prepare your culture calendar for the upcoming months, we’re taking a look at the biggest names starring in must-see shows this year. Plan accordingly.
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