See your favorite celebrities onstage in Broadway plays
The stars are shining bright on Broadway this spring. From screen stars making their returns to the stage to those making Broadway debuts, this year’s Broadway season is stacked with beloved TV and film actors. Many of them are starring in plays, so even if musicals are more your thing, now’s the time to check out a play and catch a glimpse of your favorite celebrity live.
From Vanessa Williams in her return to the Broadway stage to Jesse Williams in his Broadway debut to a celebrity couple sharing the stage for the first time in over 25 years, this spring’s Broadway plays have it all. Check out our list of all of the A-listers headlining Broadway plays, and find out what they’ve been working on before their arrival.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick in Plaza Suite
The husband and wife duo are back together again on Broadway. The Plaza Suite revival marks the first time two-time Tony Award-winning stage and screen great Matthew Broderick, and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker, will share the stage since the 1995 revival of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. This event is also Broderick’s return to the works of Neil Simon, having won his first Tony Award for creating the role of Eugene Jerome in Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and reprising the role in its sequel, Biloxi Blues.
Plaza Suite, first staged on in 1968, follows a portrait of three couples successively occupying Suite 719 at the Plaza Hotel: an on-the-outs suburban couple from Mamaroneck, a Hollywood producer and his old flame, and a couple from Forest Hills celebrating their daughter’s wedding day (or trying to, if she’ll only come out of the bathroom and walk down the aisle).
Debra Messing in Birthday Candles
This spring, Debra Messing returns to the stage as Ernestine Ashworth in a new Noah Haidle play, Birthday Candles. The Emmy and SAG Award-winning television star was last seen on Broadway in Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of John Patrick Shanley’s play Outside Mullingar opposite Brían F. O’Byrne. Messing is best known for her role as Grace Adler on the Emmy Award-winning comedy series Will & Grace, and she’s also starred in The Mysteries of Laura and SMASH, all on NBC.
Messing’s notable film credits include the award-winning Searching, Along Came Polly, The Wedding Date, Nothing Like The Holidays, The Women, and most recently, The Dark Divide. The actress has also been honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an Emmy Award, Women In Film’s Lucy Award, The Gracie Allen Award, American Comedy Award. Her 50 additional nominations include seven Golden Globe nominations and five Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
Jesse Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Patrick J. Adams in Take Me Out
Television stars Patrick J. Adams and Jesse Williams will be making their Broadway debuts alongside Broadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Second Stage’s production of Take Me Out this spring. The play follows Darren Lemming (Jesse Williams), a star baseball player who comes out as gay and faces support and backlash in equal measure.
Williams, most known for his long-standing role as Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC’s hit series Grey’s Anatomy, has also appeared in TV and films including The Cabin in the Woods, Little Fires Everywhere, The Butler, Band Aid, and Selah and the Spades. And Adams starred for seven seasons as Mike Ross in USA Network’s hit drama Suits, a role which garnered him a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.
Ferguson, no stranger to the stage, returns to Second Stage Theater for the third time. He originated the role of Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and performed in the world premiere musical Little Fish by Michael John LaChiusa there. But he’s best known for starring as the beloved Mitchell Pritchett on the Emmy Award-winning ABC comedy Modern Family for 11 seasons. Besides his creative work, he’s also an ongoing advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.
Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse in How I Learned to Drive
Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse are getting back into the weeds of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. They first starred in its Off-Broadway premiere in 1997 and are now returning to the story of Li’l Bit, a woman who is learning to retake control of her life after being sexually abused by her Uncle Peck for years, for its Broadway debut.
Parker just won her second Tony Award for starring in The Sound Inside on Broadway in 2020; her first was for Proof in 2001. TV audiences know her best for her seven years playing Nancy Botwin on Weeds, a role that earned her a Golden Globe Award and three Emmy nominations.
Morse rose to fame for playing Dr. Jack “Boomer” Morrison in St. Elsewhere in the 1980s, and he went on to Emmy-nominated turns in House and the miniseries John Adams. For playing Uncle Peck in How I Learned to Drive off Broadway, he received Drama Desk, Obie, and Lucille Lortel Awards; Parker also won an Obie and Lortel for her performance.
Darren Criss, Laurence Fishburne, and Sam Rockwell in American Buffalo
There’s a star-studded cast heading to Circle in the Square! Emmy and Tony Award winner Laurence Fishburne, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Sam Rockwell, and Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Darren Criss will star in the Broadway revival of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, about three hustlers who scheme to get back a buffalo nickel they accidentally undersold.
Fishburne’s versatile acting has won him awards in theatre, film, and television. In 1992, the actor won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Sterling Johnson in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, and since then, he’s added numerous more awards to his resume, including an Emmy and three NAACP Image Awards.
Sam Rockwell has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation, having won an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics Choice, and Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Officer Dixon in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, opposite Frances McDormand.
Criss is a multifaceted artist with a career spanning stage, television, film, and music. TV audiences know Criss as Blaine Anderson on Glee, and he made his Broadway debut in 2012 as J. Pierrepont Finch in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. He is also the founder of New York City’s first music festival celebrating the songs of stage and screen, Elsie Fest, which just celebrated its sixth year.
Noah Reid in The Minutes
Noah Reid is set to make his Broadway debut right on the heels of his run as Patrick Brewer in the beloved television show Schitt’s Creek. He won a Screen Actors Guild Award along with his castmates for Best Ensemble, and he won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor/TV Comedy (out of three nominations).
Now, he’s starring in The Minutes, Pulitzer and Tony winner Tracy Letts’s new comedy. The show takes place at a council meeting in the town of Big Cherry, when a newcomer asks the wrong questions and uncovers hypocrisy and closely held secrets. (Letts, a multi-hyphenate, also stars in his show.)
Rachel Dratch, Vanessa Williams, Lea DeLaria, and Julianne Hough in POTUS
Selina Fillinger’s new comedic play POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive features a star-studded cast. This play is about seven women in charge of the men leading the free world, and those women are played by Rachel Dratch, Vanessa Williams, Lea DeLaria, and Julianne Hough, among others in an all-female cast. This play may have the most celebrities on stage at one time in recent history.
Actress Lea DeLaria is an Emmy Award winner currently appearing as Professor Mendelson in Apple TV+’s Physical. Her most notable TV credit is as Big Boo on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, and she’s appeared on Broadway as Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show and as Hildy in On the Town.
Comedian Rachel Dratch is best known for her seven years on Saturday Night Live, where she created many memorable characters including Debbie Downer. Her other television credits include various roles on 30 Rock and her recurring role on King of Queens, where she played opposite Patton Oswalt as his girlfriend, Denise.
Joining them is Vanessa Williams one of the most respected and multifaceted performers in the entertainment industry. Her resume, featuring work in film, television, music and the Broadway stage, has earned her four Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, three SAG award nominations, seven NAACP Image Awards, and three Satellite Awards. Williams’s Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include co-starring with Cicely Tyson in The Trip to Bountiful, After Midnight, and a special limited engagement in Hey, Look Me Over at New York City Center. She also recently starred in the revival of City of Angels in London’s West End.
As if this cast couldn’t get more stacked, the ensemble also features Julianne Hough, an Emmy Award winner, producer, and entertainer who became a household name as a two-time professional champion on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She later joined DWTS as a judge and did the same on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and she’s appeared on screen in projects like Grease Live as Sandy.
Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga in Macbeth
Daniel Craig, in his return to stage, and Ruth Negga, in her Broadway debut, are leading the all-new Broadway production of Macbeth this spring. The classic Shakespeare play, directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold, follows the Macbeths, who are promised power and vow to do anything to get it — though their quest doesn’t come without guilt.
Craig was most recently seen on screen in his his fifth James Bond film, No Time to Die, and Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, for which his standout performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Craig also has a long stage resume: In 2009 he starred in a twelve-week Broadway run of A Steady Rain opposite Hugh Jackman, in 2013 he starred in the critically acclaimed Broadway show Betrayal opposite Rafe Spall and Rachel Weisz, and his most recent theatre venture was the 2016 off-Broadway production of Othello alongside David Oyelowo.
Negga may be new to the Broadway stage but not to performing: She most recently starred in Passing opposite Tessa Thompson on Netflix. She has also received Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Critics Choice Award nominations for her role as Mildred Loving in Jeff Nichols’s Loving.