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Celebrities on Broadway in 2020: The Complete List

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|by Mikey Miller |

All the stars aligning on the Great White Way this season

The celebrities are coming! Broadway is a great place for famous actors to go when they want to flex their theatrical acting muscles – in fact, many of your favorite television and film stars found their passion for acting in the theater. And the awesome thing for you as an audience member is that if one of your favorite celebrities is coming to Broadway, all you have to do is buy a ticket to see them live (barring any circumstances that may cause them to be out of the show that day). We’ve rounded up a list of some celebrities on Broadway currently, as well as those you’ll be able to catch later this year, on the Great White Way.

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker will star in ‘Plaza Suite’ (Photo: Little Fang Photo)

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker will star in ‘Plaza Suite’ (Photo: Little Fang Photo)

Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, & Darren Criss in American Buffalo
Three of Hollywood’s brightest are sharing the stage at the Circle in the Square Theater from March 24, to July 12, in this limited run of acclaimed playwright David Mamet’s American Buffalo, about an attempted burglary of a buffalo nickle at a junk shop. The Tony and Emmy Award-winning Fishburne, who returns to Broadway for the first time since he played the title role in 2008’s Thurgood, plays Donny in the production. He is known for his roles in films including Boyz n the Hood, Apocalypse Now, The Matrix trilogy, and the John Wick film series, and he is the first African American to have played Othello in a major film version of the Shakespearean play of the same name.

Rockwell, who plays Teach, recently won over the hearts of Broadway lovers everywhere, having portrayed the talented-yet-problematic director-choreographer Bob Fosse opposite Michelle Williams in FX’s miniseries Fosse/Verdon; he also has an Oscar from his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and an Oscar nomination for playing President George W. Bush in Vice.

Criss, who plays Bobby in the show, is perhaps known to audiences best as Blaine Anderson in Glee and as Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, a role for which he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Criss has previously been seen on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Debra Messing in Birthday Candles
She has will, she has grace, she’s Debra Messing! The silver-screen star will be making her second appearance on the Great White Way this spring after playing Rosemary Muldoon in Outside Mullingar in 2014. From April 2, to June 21, Messing plays Ernestine Ashworth in Noah Haidle’s Birthday Candles, who spends birthday after birthday contemplating the insignificance of life and the existentialism that comes with feeling that you have no purpose. Messing is most notable for her leading role of Grace Adler on NBC’s Will & Grace, the reboot of which she will be finishing up this year as well and a role that earned her six Golden Globe and five Emmy nominations. Messing is also known for her roles on the television shows such as Ned and Stacey, Prey, The Starter Wife, and Smash.

Harry Hadden-Paton in Flying Over Sunset
Professor Higgins returns to Broadway this spring! After his Tony-nominated performance in My Fair Lady, Hadden-Paton returns to the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center to create the role of Aldous Huxley, an English philosopher and writer who used LSD on his deathbed, in the new musical Flying Over Sunset, which begins previews on March 12. Patton is best known to audiences for portraying Herbert Pelham, 7th Marquess of Hexham, in Downton Abbey and Martin Charteris in The Crown.

Mary-Louise Parker in How I Learned to Drive
Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, How I Learned to Drive, makes its debut on the Great White Way at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre from March 27, to June 7, after premiering off-Broadway 23 years ago at the Vineyard. And what’s extra special about this production is that it is going to be directed by its original director and that it will feature its original off-Broadway stars, one of whom is the incredible Mary-Louise Parker. Parker rose to the forefront of the American conscience through her portrayal of the lead role of Nancy Botwin on Showtime’s Weeds, a role that garnered her a Golden Globe, as well as three Emmy nominations. Parker, who will star as Li’l Bit in How I Learned to Drive, is no stranger to the Broadway stage, however! She just played Bella Baird in The Sound Inside, and she has appeared in Heisenberg, The Snow Geese, Hedda Gabler, Reckless, Proof, Bus Stop, and Prelude to a Kiss.

Sabrina Carpenter in Mean Girls
There’s a new Cady Heron coming to Tina Fey’s Mean Girls musical, and that spectacular actress is Sabrina Carpenter. Making her Broadway debut in this lead role beginning March 10, Carpenter is perhaps best known to audiences as Maya Hart, best friend to Cory and Topanga’s daughter, in Girl Meets World, the Disney Channel spinoff of Boy Meets World. Carpenter is also a singer-songwriter, having released four albums, Eyes Wide Open, Evolution, Singular: Act I, and Singular: Act II. Carpenter will definitely bring new meaning to “fearless” at the August Wilson.

Armie Hammer in The Minutes
Armie Hammer comes to Broadway for the second time this year, after appearing as Drew in Straight White Men back in 2018. Hammer plays Mr. Peel in this new Tracy Letts drama, which explores the goings-on (and “the hypocrisy, greed, and ambition”) of a city council meeting in a small town. Hammer received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Oliver in Call Me by Your Name, and he has also been seen in films including On the Basis of Sex, Sorry to Bother You, J. Edgar, and The Social Network. The Minutes will play the Cort Theatre from Feb. 25, to June 14.

Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster in The Music Man
Professor Harold Hill and Marian the Librarian return to Broadway in this much-anticipated revival. Beginning September 9, at the Winter Garden Theatre, two Broadway vets who have found their way to silver-screen stardom as well will be taking on these two iconic roles. Hugh Jackman may best be known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men film series for eighteen years, which earned him the Guinness World Record for the longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero. He is also known to theatre fans (and audiences worldwide) for his Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated performance as Jean Valjean in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables and for portraying P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. When it comes to Broadway, Jackman has a Tony under his belt for The Boy from Oz, and he has also appeared in A Steady Rain and The River.

Our Marian Paroo, the two-time Tony-winning Sutton Foster, has her roots in Broadway, having been propelled to theatrical stardom for originating the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She subsequently played lead roles in Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, Shrek, Anything Goes, and Violet. To more widespread audiences, Foster is known as Liza Miller in TV Land’s Younger.

Laura Linney in My Name is Lucy Barton
Her name is Laura Linney, and she is back on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in this monologue play based on Elizabeth Strout’s bestselling novel of the same name. Audiences know Linney for her roles in television series like Wild Iris, Frasier, John Adams, The Big C, and Ozark, as well as in films like The Truman Show, You Can Count on Me, Love Actually, Kinsey, and The Savages. With two Golden Globes and four Emmys under her belt, Linney has also been seen on the Great White Way in Six Degrees of Separation, The Seagull, Hedda Gabler, Holiday, Honour, Uncle Vanya, The Crucible, Sight Unseen, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Time Stands Still, and The Little Foxes.

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker in Plaza Suite
This famous husband and wife duo are headed to Broadway this year--and in the same show! From March 13, to July 12, you can catch Matthew Broderick and SJP at the Hudson Theatre in the revival of this Neil Simon play. You likely know Broderick for playing the title character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, for voicing Simba in The Lion King trilogy, or for his portrayal of mousy accountant Leo Bloom in Broadway musical The Producers, as well as its film adaptation. Broderick has won two Tony Awards, for his performances as Eugene Jerome in Brighton Beach Memoirs and J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Sarah Jessica Parker has enjoyed a lifelong career in the spotlight. Best known as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, Parker made her Broadway debut at 11 years old in The Innocents, and she subsequently played the title role in Annie. Since then, the four-time Golden Globe and two-time Emmy winning Parker has appeared in films including Honeymoon in Vegas, Hocus Pocus, The Wives Club, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, and New Year’s Eve. She currently stars as Frances Dufresne in HBO’s Divorce.

Laurie Metcalf in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
America’s own Aunt Jackie continues an illustrious run of playing iconic matronly roles on the Great White Way this spring as Martha in the newest revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which begins performances at the Booth Theatre on March 2. The Roseanne star is also known for appearing in television shows such as Frasier, Desperate Housewives, and The Big Bang Theory, and she has appeared in films including Lady Bird and as principal voice actor in the Toy Story franchise. Having spent the last three years on Broadway as well – as Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House, Part 2, B in Three Tall Women, and Hillary in Hillary and Clinton –Metcalf is sure to bring new life to this Albee classic. And it has just been announced that Metcalf’s next Broadway venture will be playing Linda Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, opposite Nathan Lane.

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