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10 Celebrities Coming to Broadway in Spring 2019

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|by Mikey Miller |

Don’t miss these big names on the Great White Way

One of the appeals of Broadway is that it always draws famous faces who want to make their mark on the Great White Way. From well known and beloved television and movie actors to rock and pop stars and even athletes, Broadway is often the place to go if you want to see some of your favorite stars in person, perhaps even meet them and get them to sign your Playbill. Here are some of the biggest celebrities taking star turns in the Theater District this season.

Nathan Lane, Christie Brinkley and Adam Driver are among the celebrities you can catch onstage this spring (Photos: Desiree Navarro/Getty Images; Dave M. Benett/Getty Images; Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Nathan Lane, Christie Brinkley and Adam Driver are among the celebrities you can catch onstage this spring (Photos: Desiree Navarro/Getty Images; Dave M. Benett/Getty Images; Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Keri Russell and Adam Driver in Burn This
Two celebs are making their star turn in this spring’s Broadway revival of Burn This, Lanford Wilson’s play about the shifting relationships of those affected by the death of Robbie, a young gay dancer. Keri Russell, known for playing the title role in the television series Felicity as well as playing Elizabeth Jennings in The Americans and appearing in films such as Waitress, August Rush and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, stars as Robbie’s sister Anna in her Broadway debut. She is joined by Adam Driver (who has previously appeared on Broadway in Mrs. Warren’s Profession and Man and Boy), who is known to audiences as Adam Sackler in HBO’s Girls and Kylo Ren in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Driver plays Pale, who begins to take a liking to the currently unsatisfied Anna.

John Lithgow and Laurie Metcalf in Hillary and Clinton
Some incredible actors take on some incredibly realistic and political roles this season in Hillary and Clinton, Lucas Hnath’s play about a woman named Hillary who decides she wants to run for President in a fictional 2008. Bill Clinton is portrayed by John Lithgow, a six-time Emmy and two-time Tony Award winner with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, best known for appearing in the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun, Dexter, and The Crown, and movies such as The World According to Garp, Terms of Endearment and Shrek. Lithgow is joined by none other than Roseanne’s Jackie Harris herself, Laurie Metcalf. The three-time Emmy winner, two-time Tony winner (for her recent performances in A Doll’s House, Part 2 and Three Tall Women) and Academy Award nominee has had quite a career for herself, appearing in other television shows such as Desperate Housewives, The Big Bang Theory and Getting On, and films such as the Toy Story franchise and Lady Bird.

Nathan Lane in Gary
One of America’s most treasured contemporary song-and-dance men, Nathan Lane can be seen on Broadway playing the title role in Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Taylor Mac’s new comedy about the servants who are left to clean up the carnage of the Shakespearean civil war. Known for appearing in films such as The Birdcage, The Producers and MouseHunt, Lane voiced Timon in The Lion King, and has had recurring roles on television series including Modern Family and The Good Wife. And with 24 Broadway credits to his name, Lane has won Tonys for his performances as Pseudulous in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Max Bialystock in The Producers and Roy Cohn in Angels in America.

Jeremy Jordan in Waitress
Known for playing Winn Schott, Jr., the son of DC Comics villain Toyman, Jeremy Jordan will star in Waitress, opposite Shoshana Bean, as Dr. Pomatter, the OB-GYN who’s interested in a lot more than helping eponymous character Jenna through her pregnancy. And although he is widely known to television audiences, Jordan has quite a résumé of Broadway credits: Rock of Ages, Tony in West Side Story, Finding Neverland and American Son, to name a few. He also originated the roles of Clyde Barrow in Bonnie & Clyde and Jack Kelly in Newsies. For Jordan’s performance in Newsies, he was nominated for a Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, and can be seen in the recorded version of the musical.

Corbin Bleu in Kiss Me, Kate!
Corbin Bleu, perhaps best known for playing Chad Danforth in the High School Musical trilogy, has taken his dancing skills from the basketball court to the stage. You can find him on Broadway this season playing the dual role of Bill Calhoun and Lucentio in Kiss Me, Kate!, composer Cole Porter’s take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Bleu has also captivated audiences with performances on Dancing with the Stars, and on Broadway as Usnavi in In the Heights, Jesus in Godspell and Ted Hanover in Holiday Inn.

Christie Brinkley in Chicago
Chicago, in particular, is known for bringing celebrities of all types to the Broadway stage. The newest celeb to grace the Ambassador is Christie Brinkley, who will assume the role of adulterous murderess Roxie Hart. An actress, model and businesswoman, Brinkley made a name for herself appearing in several Sports Illustrated swimsuit editions throughout the 1970s and ‘80s. Consistently deemed one of the most attractive women of all time, Brinkley has had a long and successful career in the limelight, donning the hats of illustrator, photographer, writer, designer, activist and television personality.

Annette Benning in All My Sons
Four-time Academy Award nominee Annette Benning comes to Broadway this April in Roundabout’s revival of All My Sons. She will tackle the lead role of Kate Keller, a woman whose life is torn apart after she is forced to come to terms with the fact that her son may not be returning from World War II. Known for appearing in films such as The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia and The Kids Are All Right, Benning returns to the Great White Way for the first time since her Broadway debut, 32 years ago, as Holly Dancer in Tina Howe’s Coastal Disturbances.

Reeve Carney in Hadestown
Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell is coming to Broadway via Hadestown, the contemporary musical version of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth based on her 2012 folk album, and she’s bringing Reeve Carney with her. Known for playing Dorian Gray (of Oscar Wilde fame) in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, Carney is no stranger to musical theater. He was most recently seen on Broadway as Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and he played Riff Raff in Fox’s televised version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

For more of the best of Broadway, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in April 2019.

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