7 Celebs With a Broadway Past!
For those of
us who don’t live in New York City and are unable to see as
many plays as we’d like, it’s easy to lose track of
what shows come out and which of our favorite celebrities are in
them. A surprising amount of celebrities turn to Broadway, because
despite the grueling schedules, there’s something
intrinsically special about a live theatre performance. Here are
some of your favorite celebrities that you may or may not have
known have Broadway credits!
Before we knew him as the youngest member of the Jonas Brothers, a tiny Nick Jonas appeared on Broadway, starring in hit plays like Annie Get Your Gun and Les Miserables. Most recently, in 2012, he starred in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as J. Pierrepont Finch, the window washer who, after reading a book on business, becomes on a chairman of the board for the World Wide Wicket Company.
Jake Gyellhaal is no stranger to Broadway. In 2015, he starred in the play Constellations. Currently, Gyllenhaal is showing off his vocal chops and starring in Sunday in the Park with a George, a musical that was inspired by the famous paintingA Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte byGeorges Seurat with music by the legendaryStephen Sondheim.
Leona Lewis just recently concluded a Broadway run in the revival ofAndrew Lloyd Weber’s musical Catsat the end of last year. Lewis starred as Grizabella the glamour cat, so yes, she sang the iconic ballad "Memory" and nailed it. Although her Broadway stint was short (two months), it was certainly... memorable.
Carly Rae Jepsen
With her sweet, charming voice, it’s no wonder Carly Rae Jepsen was a shoe-in for the role of Cinderella. Jepsen starred in the hitRodgers and Hammerstein musical alongsideFran Drescher and Joe Carroll. The "Call Me Maybe" singer certainly proved her range as not only a singer, but also as a talented actress.
talented actresses have taken on the iconic role of Sally Bowles
from Cabaret that it’s hard to remember who
originated the role (it was Jill Haworth btw).
With that being said, Emma Stone firmly set herself apart from the
rest with her performance, leaving fans and critics alike stunned.
Before Stone took on the iconic part, Michelle
Williams had the role. Other famous Sallys includeLiza Minnelli, Jane Leeves,Natasha Richardson, Brooke
Shields, and many more.
Vanessa Hudgens starred in the musical Gigi on broadway in 2015. The legendary Audrey Hepburn made the role famous when the original musical came to broadway in 1951. Gigiis the story of a young girl living in Paris and is being groomed to become a courtesan. It’s a gripping love story and Hudgens gracefully tackled the iconic part, although critics didn’t necessarily agree.
In 2014 James Franco took on the leading role of George Milton in the Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men. He appeared in the play alongside Chris O’Dowd (whom you may know as the sweet police officer from the movie Bridesmaids) as Lennie Small. Of Mice and Men is a play adapted from theJohn Steinbeck novel with the same name about two ranch workers who move around looking for work.
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- Taylor Carter, YH Contributing Writer