The Best and Worst Celebrity Broadway Debuts

  • Michelle Williams

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  • Zach Braff

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  • James Franco

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  • Leighton Meester

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  • Chris O’Dowd

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  • Carly Rae Jepsen

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  • Wendy Williams

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  • Tom Hanks

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  • Nick Jonas

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  • Andrew Garfield

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  • Christie Brinkley

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  • Scarlett Johansson

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  • Abigail Breslin

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  • Ashlee Simpson

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  • Will Ferrell

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  • Daniel Radcliffe

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  • Katie Holmes

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  • Jennifer Garner

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  • Kelly Osbourne

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  • Julia Roberts

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  • Christina Applegate

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  • Joey McIntyre

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  • Diddy

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  • Nicole Kidman

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Theatre lovers, rejoice! Emma Stone will make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Studio 54 in New York City tonight. (Yes, the same theater where Shia LaBeouf got arrested earlier this year.) In an interview with Vanity Fair, Stone said she “can’t believe this is actually happening.” We can; Stone is one of many A-list movie stars to take their acting talents to the Great White Way. However, how will she fair?

From a list of mega-stars that made the Broadway jump before her, it’s anyone’s game. Reviews of celebrities on Broadway have ranged from stellar (surprisingly, Ashlee Simpson makes this category for her turn as Roxie Hart in Chicago) to downright dreadful (let’s not talk about Christie Brinkley’s portrayal of the same role).

Joining Stone on Broadway this month is Bradley Cooper, who started his run in Elephant Man at the Booth Theatre last week (though he’s no newbie; Cooper made his debut back in 2006 with Roberts in Three Days of Rain). We’re sure the two actors are sharing similar jitters as they jump in front of a live audience, but they’re certainly in good company (i.e: Tom Hanks). To celebrate the excitement of these stars hitting the stage, we’ve assembled the best, worst, and the ugliest celebrity Broadway debuts in existence. Take a look at the gallery at your own risk, but cut the less-than-stellar performances some slack. Live theatre is hard, people; you don’t get a second take.

Daniel Radcliffe has been in three Broadway productions since making his debut in Equus in 2009. He stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live to discuss the physicality of his role in the 2014 show The Cripple of Inishmaan.

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