9 Broadway Stars You Can See in London Right Now
The Tony Awards recently celebrated the best of Broadway, and fortunately, we’ve got our share of American talent in London this year. Check out some of these incredible performers from across the pond!
The consummate leading lady, currently starring in Broadway’s “My Fair Lady,” Laura Benanti also has a gift for comedy – as anyone who’s seen her Melania Trump impression on “Late Night with Stephen Colbert” will know. That combination should make for a winning evening of cabaret, as Benanti makes her long-awaited London debut at Cadogan Hall on June 30.
Beloved on stage and screen (“The Producers,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), Matthew Broderick brings his idiosyncratic style to Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan’s play “The Starry Messenger,” reprising his role as an astronomy teacher grappling with life, love and the universe – in typically deadpan fashion.
Tony and Grammy-nominated Jeremy Jordan’s work ranges from “Supergirl” and “Smash” on the small screen to the film version of Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last 5 Years” and originating roles in Broadway musicals “Newsies” and “Bonnie & Clyde.” It should give him plenty of exciting material for his latest concert at Cadogan Hall, Oct. 25 and 27.
The acclaimed Broadway actress is probably best known to audiences here as the marvelously conniving attorney Patti Nyholm on TV drama “The Good Wife.” Martha Plimpton returns for the West End transfer of Lynn Nottage’s gripping – and prescient – Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Sweat.”
Queue up “Let It Go” – Elsa’s in town! Caissie Levy originated the role in the stage version of “Frozen,” plus she’s starred in hit musicals like “Ghost,” “Hair,” “Wicked,” and “Les Misérables.” Levy also has impressive background as a concert performer, including backing up Rod Stewart in Las Vegas, so Cadogan Hall audiences are in for a treat on Sept. 15.
Revered soprano Renée Fleming has conquered the opera world, and also wowed the musical theatre one with her Tony-nominated turn in the recent Broadway revival of “Carousel.” Now, she stars in the London premiere of Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel’s “The Light in the Piazza,” the sweepingly romantic musical set in 1950s sun-drenched Italy.
The “Dangerous Liaisons” and “Being John Malkovich” star also has a strong theatre track record, and he’s joining forces with David Mamet for a new production that’s already provoked plenty of discussion: “Bitter Wheat,” a “dark farce” about a depraved Hollywood mogul whose behaviour threatens his powerful position. Sound familiar?
Musical theatre icon Kelli O’Hara has notched up an astonishing seven Tony nominations, winning for “The King and I” – which London audiences were lucky enough to see recently. So, she’ll be welcomed back for a Cadogan Hall concert, which might also feature songs from shows like “The Bridges of Madison County,” “South Pacific,” and “Kiss Me, Kate.”
Adored for his performance as Detective Bunk Moreland in TV show “The Wire,” Wendell Pierce is also a powerful stage actor – as proved this year in his storming turn as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” The Young Vic production now gets a welcome West End encore, once again led by Pierce.