Sunday, September 27, 2020

When you wish upon a star, you may well get the chance to see them on Broadway. Many of the biggest stars ever have started on stage, and then made a transition to the big screen. Yet, many of them are musical theater fans and make regular appearances on Broadway, West End, and the rest of the world. Here are the biggest stars that you’ll see on Broadway in 2021st

Laurence Fishburne in “American Buffalo”

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”

Familiar with that? Yes? Probably the most famous quote by Laurence Fishburne. His career is as rich on stage as it is in cinema. He is a Tony & Emmy Award-winning actor and a Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee. Quite a resume, huh? 

He made his Broadway debut in August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” in 1992. His performance in the Walter Kerr Theatre earned Mr. Fishburne a Theatre World Award, a Drama Desk Award, and even a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor. His further accolades include starring in the self-penned Riff Raff, a role as Henry II in “The Lion in Winter” in 1999. Thurgood earned him his second Drama Desk Award and a second Tony nomination in 2000. His most recent appearance on a Broadway stage is scheduled for April 14, 2021, in “American Buffalo” at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

Sarah Jessica Parker in “Plaza Suite”

Before “Sex and the City” there was “Broadway and the Sounding Success”. She was amongst the biggest stars on Broadway since the mid-70s. Sarah Jessica Parker made her Broadway debut at a very early age when she was just 11 years old in the revival of William Archibald’s play “The Innocents” in 1976. Her second Broadway venture was in 1977 when she was part of “Annie”.

Through the ’80s and mid-’90s. Mrs. Parker was a part of numerous off-Broadway shows and would receive a Drama Desk nomination for her role in “Sylvia” in 1995. She returned to Broadway in 1996 as Rosemary Pillkington in a revival of musical comedy “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”. She’ll then star in “Once Upon a Mattress” in ’96 and ’97. 

Sarah Jessica Parker’s return was scheduled for March 13, 2020, in the revival of “Plaza Suite”. We need to wait until March 19, 2021, to see her on stage again.

Hugh Jackman in “The Music Man’

As far as I know, the X-Men franchise and the Wolverine spin-offs are, sadly, not getting a musical theater take. Hugh Michael Jackman might look a bit too bad-ass for the typical Broadway show, but Wolverine boasts quite a legacy on stage. After all, he is a Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor and Academy Award nominee. 

Hugh Jackman made his stage debut in Melbourne in 1995 as Gaston from “The Beauty and the Beast”. He received an Olivier Award for playing Curly McLain in the West End revival of “Oklahoma!” in 1998. 

He eventually made his US in 2002 as Carousel’s Billy Bigelow in the Carnegie Hall in NYC. Hugh would debut on Broadway in 2003 when he starred as Peter Allen in the Broadway premiere of The Boy from Oz at the Imperial Theatre. This role would land him his first Tony Award win, along with Theatre World Award, Drama League Award and a Drama Desk Award to boot. 

Hugh Jackman’s stellar run continued through 2009 when he shared the stage with Daniel Craig in A Steady Rain. He then proceeded with a concert series Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre from October 2011 through January 2012. These series earned him a Special Tony Award. His last Broadway appearance was in The River in 2014-2015. 

As planned, Broadway will make its grand return in January, 2021st, and the predictions are that it will return stronger than ever! People need musical theater back in their lives, and the biggest stars on Broadway will make the return even more anticipated! 

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