The silver screen meets the Great White Way thanks to these 8 Broadway shows. Yes, increasingly so each year, a slate of A-list Hollywood celebrities take to the stage to earn their stage actor's stripes. Currently, you can see stars like Bruce Willis, Jennifer Hudson, Al Pacino, and more strut their stuff and show off their acting chops, in the flesh. Just note that if you want to pair your Broadway show with some top-grade star-gazing, you'll need to act fast: many of these productions are limited-run engagements.
Bruce Willis in Misery
Die Hard actor Bruce Wills tones down his action star high jinks while portraying novelist Paul Sheldon in this Broadway adaptation of Stephen King's acclaimed novel. He stars opposite Emmy-winning actress Laurie Metcalf as Annie Wilkes. The limited-engagement show at the Broadhurst Theater wrap things up on February 14, 2016; miserybroadway.com.
George Takei in Allegiance
See "Sulu" himself take the stage in a decidedly different role from his Star Trek days. The musical Allegiance was developed in partnership with Takei, and is based on his own childhood experiences within a WWII-era Japanese internment camp in the US. The show is notably supported by Lea Salonga, who won a Tony for her work in Miss Saigon. The show, and Takei's role in it, is currently on an open-end run at the Longacre Theater; allegiancemusical.com.
Forest Whitaker in Hughie
Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker makes his Broadway debut in Hughie, a short two-character play set within the lobby of a Midtown hotel. Penned by four-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Nobel Prize Laureate Eugene O’Neill, the play first appeared on Broadway in 1964, and the role of Hughie has been portrayed by prominent actors like Burgess Meredith, Ben Gazzara, and Al Pacino. Previews begin on February 5, 2016 for a limited engagement through June at the Booth Theatre; hughiebroadway.com.
Al Pacino in China Doll
Al Pacino's numerous Broadway roles date back decades, and he's back at it again to headline as a big-shot businessman with a young fiancée in China Doll, a play by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet. The limited-engagement show runs through January 31, 2016, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre; chinadollbroadway.com.
Lupita Nyong’o in Eclipsed
Oscar-winning Lupita Nyong’o (of 12 Years a Slave) carries the Public Theater's sold-out production of Eclipsed over to the Broadway stage. The new play, depicting the story of five women struggling with turmoil in their Liberian homeland, is written by by Zimbabwean-American playwright/actress Danai Gurira (star of AMC’s The Walking Dead), and is notable as a production entirely written, directed, and performed by female artists. Previews begin February 23, 2016, limited engagement run through June 19, 2016, at the Golden Theatre; eclipsedbroadway.com.
Jennifer Hudson in The Color Purple
With an Oscar and Grammy already in hand, singer-actress Jennifer Hudson takes the stage as blues singer Shug in this revival of The Color Purple (maybe she's itching to add a Tony to her awards collection?!). Show runs open-ended from December 10, 2015, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre; colorpurple.com.
Michelle Williams & Jeff Daniels in Blackbird
See actress Michelle Williams in the Olivier award-winning play Blackbird, by David Harrower. She's joined by actor Jeff Daniels, as they depict the story of a former couple reunited after 15 years apart. The limited-engagement show runs in previews from February 5, 2016, through June 12, 2016, at the Belasco Theatre; blackbirdbroadway.com.
Jessica Lange in Long Day’s Journey into Night
Check out Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe award winner Jessica Lange in her role in the four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical masterwork, Long Day’s Journey into Night. She's joined by Tony nominee Gabriel Byrne (A Moon for the Misbegotten, A Touch of the Poet), Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Grace, Boardwalk Empire), and Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening, The Newsroom). Previews begin on March 31, 2016; show runs through July 17, 2016 at at the American Airlines Theater; www.roundabouttheatre.org.