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10 Celebrities to Catch on Broadway This Season

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|by Mark Robinson |


The stars are aligning on Broadway this fall

For all of you autograph seekers and stargazers out there, the firmament you should be staring at this fall is not above you, but on the Broadway stage. Many stars of the stage and screen will be appearing there, adding an extra twinkle to the already bright lights of the Great White Way. Here are some of the celebrities you can catch on Broadway in the coming months: 

Tom Hiddleston, Jordin Sparks and Jake Gyllenhaal will all appear on Broadway this season (Photos: Karwai Tang/WireImage; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images; Randy Shropshire/Getty Images)

Tom Hiddleston, Jordin Sparks and Jake Gyllenhaal will all appear on Broadway this season (Photos: Karwai Tang/WireImage; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images; Randy Shropshire/Getty Images)

Jake Gyllenhaal – Sea Wall/A Life
Only a few weeks remain to catch Jake Gyllenhaal in the Broadway play Sea Wall/A Life, a limited engagement which closes on September 29, 2019. Gyllenhaal, who shares the stage with Tom Sturridge in Sea Wall/A Life, spellbound audiences a few seasons ago playing the title role in a revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical masterpiece Sunday in the Park with George. Predominantly known for his film roles, Gyllenhaal has appeared in October Sky, Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Proof, Zodiac and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Todrick Hall – Waitress
Actor, director, singer, songwriter and YouTube sensation Todrick Hall is coming back to Broadway to take on the role of Ogie in the long-running musical hit Waitress. Hall has appeared on Broadway before, as “Billy Flynn” in the musical Chicago and as “Lola” in Kinky Boots. A semifinalist in the ninth season of American Idol and a resident choreographer on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Hall released three albums: Somebody’s Christmas (2010), Straight Outta Oz (2016) and Forbidden (2018).  

Tom Hiddleston – Betrayal
Tom Hiddleston is known within the Marvel Universe for playing “Loki” in the Thor and Avengers films. Other film roles include War Horse, Midnight in Paris, Kong: Skull Island and Early Man. No stranger to the stage, Hiddleston hails from Great Britain where he won an Olivier Award for his role in a 2007 revival of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. This fall, he will come to Broadway in a revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, a role he received an Olivier Award nomination for last season in the West End.

Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins – The Height of the Storm
It is a two-for-one special at Broadway’s The Height of the Storm, where two beloved and revered actors of Great Britain will be lighting up Broadway with their talent, playing a couple whose marriage suddenly unravels. Jonathan Pryce, two-time Tony winner for Comedians and Miss Saigon, stars. Of course, Game of Thrones fanatics will recognize him as the “High Sparrow” from the popular HBO series. Standouts from his prolific movie career include Something Wicked This Way Comes, Glenagarry Glen Ross, The Age of Innocence, Evita, The Wife and The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Eileen Atkins is an Emmy Award-winning (Cranford) and an Olivier Award-winning (Honour) actress who has appeared on Broadway in The Killing of Sister George, The Promise, Indiscretions and Doubt (among others). Among her myriad film appearances, standouts include Equus, The Dresser, Gosford Park, Cold Mountain and Beautiful Creatures.

Marissa Tomei – The Rose Tattoo
Academy Award winner Marissa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny) will make her triumphant return to the Broadway stage in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Tennessee Williams’ play The Rose Tattoo. Tomei first came to national attention as a regular on The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World. She then went on to a film career that has included such hits as In the Bedroom, What Women Want, Wild Hogs and playing Aunt May in the recent series of Spider-Man movies. On Broadway, she has appeared in Wait Until Dark and The Realistic Joneses.

Campbell Scott – A Christmas Carol
When A Christmas Carol comes around this fall in its latest incarnation, look for Campbell Scott playing the iconic character of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Among Scott’s film roles are Dying Young, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Big Night, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Chaperone. Scott is also known for his recurring role as Mark Usher on the now-wrapped Netflix Drama House of Cards.

Ed Harris – To Kill A Mockingbird
Ed Harris has made so many films it’s hard to pick just a few standout roles, but we are going to try. Coma, The Right Stuff, Places in the Heart, The Abyss, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Firm, Nixon, Apollo 13, The Truman Show, Pollock, A Beautiful Mind, The Hours and Gravity are just a handful of the revered performances he has given on the big screen. Soon, audiences will be able to enjoy Harris live and in person when he assumes the role of Atticus Finch in the Broadway production of To Kill A Mockingbird.

Mary-Louise Parker - How I Learned to Drive
Every few Broadway seasons or so, we are treated to a return visit by actress Mary-Louise Parker, who won a Tony Award for her starring role in David Auburn’s Proof. She made her Broadway debut in Craig Lucas’s Prelude to a Kiss in 1990. Other Broadway stage roles include Heisenberg, The Snow Geese, Hedda Gabler, Reckless and Bus Stop. This fall, she returns to Broadway in a revival of Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive, returning to the role she originated in 1997. Of course, film audiences recognize her from movies like Fried Green Tomatoes, Bullets Over Broadway, The Client and Saved! Parker also played the role of Nancy Botwin on the Showtime series Weeds for 8 seasons.   

Jordin Sparks – Waitress
Another American Idol alumnus will be joining the Broadway production of Waitress this autumn. Jordin Sparks took the crown in the sixth-season of the hit reality TV competition and went on the take the recording industry by storm.  She released a self-titled album was certified platinum and sold over two-million copies. Her hit songs “Tattoo” and “No Air” climbed the Billboard charts and soon Sparks would release two more albums, Battlefield and Right Here Right Now. The Grammy-nominated Sparks will take over the role of Jenna in Waitress.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

 

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