New York City is famous for catching sight of Hollywood stars and TV celebrities walking their dogs, eating at restaurants or just chilling in the West Village (we see you, Sarah Jessica Parker). While the mark of the true New Yorker is not to squeal and point at A-listers, sure: It’s cool to see Al Pacino’s Shylock when not remembering his performance in one of the 100 best movies of all time. Well, stars often crop up in the best Broadway shows and if you don’t mind spending some cash, you can see your favorite actors and singers live on stage. Here are the luminaries currently brightening the Great White Way and beyond.
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Everyone's favorite James Bondage fantasy, Daniel Craig, play the villain in NYTW's production of Shakespeare's tale of jealousy and betrayal, a tragedy that unfolds at the speed of farce. There rest of the cast, directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home), includes David Oyelowo (Selma's Martin Luther King Jr.), Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story) and downtown favorites Marsha Stephanie Blake and Matt Maher.
Anton Chekhov's untitled, earliest play (usually known as Platonov) makes it to Broadway 112 years after the author's death. Adapted by Andrew Upton, this version takes place in post-Perestroika Russia at the birthday party of widow Anna Petrovna (Cate Blanchett). John Crowley directs this transfer from the Sydney Theatre Company. This production marks the Broadway debut of the fiery Blanchett.
Stephen Karam, already represented on Broadway with his Tony-winning family drama The Humans, turns to Russian subjects with this adaptation of the Chekhov classic. British director Simon Godwin stages the production, which stars Diane Lane as landscaping-averse Ranevskaya.
Longtime Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis plays the Robin Williams role in Tom Schulman's stage adaptation of the 1989 film, in which a charismatic teacher gets a bunch of teenage boys excited about Walt Whitman. New CSC artistic director John Doyle captains the premiere.
Dave Malloy's dazzlingly eclectic rock-pop musical, adapted from a portion of Tolstoy's War and Peace, conveys its story of high-society Muscovites in stirring and surprising ways. Directed by Rachel Chavkin, this Broadway transfer of the 2012 hit stars global-sensation singer Josh Groban and newcomer Denée Benton.
The print media may be hanging by a thread, but Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's crackling 1928 newspaper drama still has plenty of life. And what a cast director Jack O'Brien has assembled: Nathan Lane, John Slattery, Jefferson Mays, Patricia Conolly, Sherie Rene Scott and a dozen more greats. Part screwball, part black satire, the play still has much to teach us about journalism and ethics.
Nick Kroll and John Mulaney devote an evening to a pair of funny characters they played on Kroll Show: aging Upper West Side deli enthusiasts, ’70s nostalgists and would-be pranksters ("Too Much Tuna") Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland. Alex Timbers directs the production, which tested its legs Off Broadway last year.
Petite powerhouse Kristin Chenoweth (On the Twentieth Century) returns to the Great White Way with a concert to celebrate the release of her latest album, The Art of Elegance. Like the new CD, the song list should be dominated by American standards by Rodgers & Hart, the Gershwins and others.
Broadway antidiva Sutton Foster plays a dance-hall hostess with a well-used body but a virginal soul in this classic 1966 musical by Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon, adapted from Fellini's Nights of Cabiria. (The score includes "Big Spender" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now.") Leigh Silverman directs the New Group revival, whose supporting cast includes Shuler Hensley, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Emily Padgett and Joel Perez.
Composer-lyricist William Finn and book writer James Lapine's buoyant, lovable 1992 musical follows a married man who has come out as gay in 1980s NYC, at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Wit and heartbreak follow. The amazing cast for this revival includes Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J. Block.
In Simon Stephens’s unusual romantic two-hander, Mary-Louise Parker is irresistible as an incandescent kook who surprises an older stranger (the soulful Denis Arndt) by kissing his neck in a London train station. He allows her to disrupt his stasis, and they bounce off each other in odd directions.
In a promising stroke of star casting, the dearly beloved David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) plays a lonely single man who turns to astrology for solace in a play by the always surprising Adam Bock (The Drunken City). Anne Kauffman (Marjorie Prime), a Bock veteran, directs the world premiere.
In this production by London's excellent Donmar Warehouse, Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber square off in an elegantly decadent tale of French court politics and sexual intrigue. Christopher Hampton's 1985 play was adapted from the 1782 epistolary page-turner by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Josie Rourke directs.
David Cromer (Our Town) directs a brand-new musical by two accomplished writers: playwright Itamar Moses (Fortress of Solitude) and composer-lyricist David Yazbeck (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). The show is adapted from an acclaimed 2007 Israeli film about Egyptian musicians who must spend a night in a Jewish town in the desert; the cast includes Tony Shalhoub (Monk), John Cariani, Kristen Sieh and George Abud.