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8 Celebrities Not to Miss on Broadway in 2017

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|by Amy Sapp |


Known as the starting point for many Hollywood stars, Broadway welcomes home numerous celebrities this spring season

The only thing better than a Broadway show? Watching one with your favorite celeb in the starring role. Past Hollywood stars to showcase their skills on a Broadway stage have included Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Orlando Bloom in the 2013 production of Romeo and Juliet.

In Spring 2017, discover 8 of Hollywood’s newest celebrities to take the stage in New York City.

Josh Groban in 'Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812'

Josh Groban in 'Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812'

Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Hailed as "absolutely wonderful" by The New York Times, Grammy Award nominee Josh Groban unquestionably has charged onto Broadway with the creative prowess of a seasoned theatrical performer. Though Groban is no stranger to performing theatrical work – think back to his 2015 album chronicling works of musical theater or his 2016 appearance on the Tony Awards as a 16-year-old Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof – his Broadway debut in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 is stellar. Groban carries himself with the kind of poise and confidence that juxtaposes brilliantly with the shy, worn character of Pierre. With a voice that has become synonymous with both "Raise Me Up" and the holidays, Josh Groban has effectively positioned himself as one of the must-see performers of the season.

Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!
She'll cast a spell on you -- no hocus pocus about that! Bette Midler, queen of the stage and screen, returns to the Great White Way in a triumphant run in the revival of Hello, Dolly!, the first revival of the seminal musical since the late 1990s. Though Midler made a name for herself on Broadway, she has spent recent years flitting across screens in films like The Rose and The First Wives Club.

Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
Remember Benji, the magic-adoring sidekick in both Pitch Perfect and its sequel? The actor who plays that goofy tenor is none other than Ben Platt, former Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon on Broadway and current star of the heart-wrenching Dear Evan Hansen. Platt takes a step deeper into the frame of the classically awkward character he has become known for; through his moving, raw performance – unlike any other attempt onstage – Platt utterly transforms the stock character of the awkward high school friend. With this gratifying, eye-opening performance as title character Evan Hansen, Platt has not only positioned himself to become a household name but also, perhaps, to land himself on the Tony nomination list.

Justin Guarani, In Transit
From Justin to Kelly to Wicked and In Transit – Justin Guarani, best known as the runner-up to Kelly Clarkson in the first season of American Idol – is on Broadway once again this season. Though Guarani has appeared onstage in New York previously in musicals like Wicked and American Idiot, his newest jaunt into In Transit marks the first musical Guarani has performed entirely a capella. To relive Guarani’s smooth vocals and strong tone – regardless of whom you voted for in 2001 on American Idol – stop by the Circle in the Square Theatre this season.

Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
Veteran of the stage, Andy Karl returns to Broadway as the temperamental weatherman Phil Connors in the musical adaptation of Groundhog Day. Last seen in stage adaptations of Rocky as the boxer himself and in Legally Blonde as the sexy deliveryman, Karl may be recognized by television fans as Sergeant Mike Dodds in season 17 of Law and Order: SVU.

Patti LuPone, War Paint
Here she is, world! Legendary star of the stage, Patti LuPone returns to Broadway alongside fellow theatrical diva Christine Ebersole in the new musical War Paint. This production catalogs the rise of fame and lasting impact of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden on the beauty industry in the 20th century. LuPone, a household name, may best be recognized for her first Tony Award-winning work as Eva Peron in the critically acclaimed musical Evita.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Sunday in the Park with George
After a stunning run Off-Broadway, the seminal revival of Sunday in the Park with George transfers to Broadway for a highly anticipated, 10-week run at the Hudson Theatre, starring none other than Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford and beloved heartthrob of the screen, Jake Gyllenhaal. With a lifetime of screen credits to his name, Gyllenhaal entered the cult classic film lexicon as he starred as the disturbed protagonist in his second film, Donnie Darko. Gyllenhaal has received an Academy Award nomination for his stunning work in the 2005 film, Brokeback Mountain.

Tony Shalhoub, The Price
Perhaps most often recognized for his Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning portrayal as the OCD detective in Monk, Tony Shalhoub returns home to Broadway in the 2017 revival of Arthur Miller’s play The Price. Shalhoub made his Broadway debut in 1985 in The Odd Couple and later garnered his first Tony nomination for his work in Conversations with My Father.

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