Broadway Babies: Daniel Radcliffe, James Franco + More Stars On Broadway In 2014

  • Denzel Washington in A Raisin In The Sun

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  • Bryan Cranston in All The Way on Broadway

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  • James Franco, Leighton Meester and Chris O’Dowd on Broadway in Of Mice and Men

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  • Zach Braff in Bullets Over Broadway

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  • Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple Of Inishmaan

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  • Michelle Williams in Cabaret

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  • Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei, Michael C. Hall in The Realistic Joneses

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  • Carly Rae Jepsen in Cinderella

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  • Fantasia Barrino in After Midnight

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  • Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man

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  • Michael Cera in This Is Our Youth

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  • Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Real Thing

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  • Ewan McGregor in The Real Thing

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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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