13 Movie Stars Who Took Broadway By Storm

Ready for a night at the theater? The 69th Annual Tony Awards will air next Sunday (June 7). Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming will host the ceremony, honoring Broadway’s best and brightest. And sometimes the best and brightest just happen to be movie stars who’ve taken to the stage to further hone their craft. Here are some of our favorite screen-to-stage performers:

1. Vanessa Hudgens (Gigi)

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She’s taking her High School Musical skills to the next level by stepping into Audrey Hepburn’s shoes for this Broadway musical.

2. Scarlett Johansson (A View From the Bridge and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)

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Scarlett won a Tony award in 2010 for her Broadway debut in A View From the Bridge, then took on an iconic role of Maggie the Cat in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

3. Hugh Jackman (The Boy from Oz)

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Hugh is no stranger to the Great White Way. He starred in The Boy from Oz (for which he won a Tony) and had a one-man show called Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway in 2011. He even hosted the Tonys last year.

4. Michelle Williams (Cabaret)

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Michelle proved she could sing, dance and act when she played Sally Bowles in Cabaret last year. Another movie star, Emma Stone, took over the role when Michelle ended her run.

5. Orlando Bloom (Romeo and Juliet)

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Legolas does Shakespeare! And he did it well. Orlando took on this classic role in the 2013 stage revival.

6. Daniel Radcliffe (Equus)

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Daniel shed his Harry Potter image – and his clothes – for this provocative Broadway stage show. He later starred in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

7. Jessica Chastain (The Heiress)

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The Zero Dark Thirty actress starred alongside David Strathairn and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens in this play based on a Henry James novel.

8. Julia Roberts (Three Days of Rain)

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She made her much-publicized Broadway debut in this 2006 play co-starring Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper.

9. Bradley Cooper (The Elephant Man)

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And speaking of Bradley, he proved he could lead a Broadway play when he starred in The Elephant Man last year.

10. Katie Holmes (All My Sons)

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She made her Broadway debut in 2008 in this Arthur Miller play co-starring John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest and Patrick Wilson. 

11. Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz (Betrayal)

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This real-life married couple took on Broadway together in 2013.

12. Denzel Washington (A Raisin in the Sun)

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Denzel took to the stage last year in A Raisin in the Sun. A more solid choice than when P. Diddy appeared in the 2004 revival of the play.

13. Jake Gyllenhaal (Constellations)

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He starred in this two-person relationship drama alongside Ruth Wilson earlier this year.

 Who are some of your other favorite screen-to-stage stars?

 

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