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The Biggest Stars on Broadway in 2024

Who needs Hollywood when you have the bright lights and stages of New York City at your fingertips? Movie stars, chart-topping singers, TV legends and more celebs on Broadway light up the stage every year, with audiences racing to see their favorite celebs treading the boards. New York isn’t just the place to see some of the most famous Hollywood actors; you can enjoy several of the biggest Broadway stars on stage this year too. Broadway shows in May have even more showbiz attached to them, as the Tony Awards nominations are announced this month!

Find out which famous actors are on Broadway right now below, and book tickets quickly: their busy schedules mean they’ll be in town for a limited time only.

1. Daniel Radcliffe in Merrily We Roll Along

Merrily We Roll Along on Broadway New York
Merrily We Roll Along on Broadway New York
It’s been a long time since Daniel Radcliffe first appeared on screen as boy wizard Harry Potter, and his career has gone from strength to strength ever since. With a bold eye for surprising and exciting projects, Radcliffe now stars in the first-ever Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s cult-classic musical about three creatives who experience the tumultuous ups and downs of friendship over 30 years.
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2. Eddie Redmayne in Cabaret

Cabaret on Broadway New York
Cabaret on Broadway New York
After wowing West End audiences with his Olivier Award-nominated performance, Hollywood star Eddie Redmayne leads the hit revival of Cabaret to Broadway. Redmayne plays the enigmatic Emcee, who welcomes theatergoers into the immersive Kit Kat Club, where the drinks flow - but outside, the Nazis are gaining control. This is a magnetic performance in a striking production unlike anything else in New York!

3. Ben Platt in Ben Platt Live at the Palace

Ben Platt Live at the Palace on Broadway New York
Ben Platt Live at the Palace on Broadway New York
Tony and Grammy Award-winner Ben Platt returns to Broadway this year for a strictly limited concert series at the newly reopened Palace Theatre. The star of The Book of Mormon, Dear Evan Hansen and Netflix’s The Politician is one of the biggest names in musical theater right now, and he'll be performing new songs alongside Broadway classics. This is extra-starry too: Platt will be joined by several special guests from the world of showbiz - to be announced, but all set to be unmissable.
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Opens May 2024

4. Jeremy Strong in An Enemy of the People

An Enemy of the People on Broadway New York
An Enemy of the People on Broadway New York
He broke our hearts and made us shout with anger all at once as Kendall Roy in Succession, and now Jeremy Strong stars in a huge revival of Ibsen's classic play, adapted by Tony Award nominee Amy Herzog. This sharp and thrilling new version of the story, about a doctor who whistleblows unsafe water in his local community and is punished with a smear campaign, is an unmissable chance to see the Golden Globe winner's incredible skills live. Tickets go on sale soon, so set an Alert to not miss out.

5. Rachel McAdams in Mary Jane

Mary Jane on Broadway New York
Mary Jane on Broadway New York
Academy Award nominee Rachel McAdams makes her hotly-anticipated Broadway debut in this affecting and gripping drama about a single mother's struggles to care for her chronically ill son. McAdams, best known for her starring roles in The Notebook, Mean Girls, Spotlight and Doctor Strange, brings the story to life from a script by Pulitzer nominee Amy Herzog.

6. Michael Stuhlbarg in Patriots

Patriots on Broadway New York
Patriots on Broadway New York
Award-winning character actor Michael Stuhlbarg is best known for television roles in Boardwalk Empire, Fargo and The Looming Tower, but Broadway fans will already know that he’s a formidable presence on stage as well. With a Tony Award nomination for The Pillowman already under his belt, he now takes on real-life Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky in Peter Morgan’s acclaimed drama, direct from London’s West End.

Can I meet famous Broadway actors after the show?

Meeting stars on Broadway at the stage door (or “stagedooring”) is a huge NYC theater tradition. Many actors love meeting fans to sign Playbills and briefly chat about the show. It is a great way to share your appreciation for the performance and even get a photo with your favorite actors. The cast usually meet fans after the evening show rather than matinees because of the quick turnaround between performances, but this can vary.

Some Broadway theaters may have restrictions on stagedooring, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are unsure about stage door policies, it is worth asking at the venue’s official box office or social media channels.

How should I prepare to meet actors at the stage door?

Theatergoers usually visit the stage door after they have seen a show, and you may be asked to present your ticket as proof of attendance. This is to prevent overcrowding.

If you want to stagedoor and meet stars on Broadway, here are our top tips:

Bring a pen and something to sign. Playbills are free and getting one signed is a great souvenir! The best pens to bring are felt tips, because signatures can be easily written and read with thicker ink.

Respect safety measures at the theater. Some theaters may ask you to keep your distance or wear a mask, to ensure the comfort and safety of you, the actors and venue staff.

Be prepared to wait. Actors may not come out right away if they are getting changed, eating, or entertaining guests. You might have to wait for a while, but many theater fans enjoy the community aspect of this, as they can chat to other people about the show.

Listen to theater staff. Security and ushers at the theater have your safety in mind, so any directions they give are to make sure the stage door is well-managed.

Be respectful of other theatergoers and the actors. Line-cutting, interrupting conversations and other disruptive behavior is frowned upon, and can make the stage door experience a lot less fun for everyone. A polite thank you to the actor and staff is always welcome as well, as they often take time out of their day to meet fans.

Be polite if an actor can’t stagedoor. If an actor is unable to meet fans at the stage door, it can be very disappointing, but fans will be informed as soon as possible to ensure they are not waiting outside.

Can you send gifts to actors on Broadway?

The policy for sending gifts and cards to Broadway performers varies from theater to theater and food items may be prohibited for safety reasons. If you intend to meet an actor at the stage door, they may be able to accept small gifts in person. It is best to email or phone the venue’s box office in advance to ensure you are not disappointed.

What happens if an actor does not appear at a performance?

The appearance of any actor on Broadway is subject to scheduling, illness, injury, holiday entitlement and unforeseen circumstances. Your ticket is primarily for the show rather than for an actor, but in some cases refunds or exchanges may be possible if a star billed above the show name is not at a scheduled performance. This is entirely down to the venue’s discretion and you are not entitled to a refund.

If you have booked tickets to see a famous actor on Broadway, it can be disappointing if they are unable to perform. However, most shows have fantastic understudies who work hard to deliver a performance you won’t forget. Some of the biggest names in theater started as understudies, so you might be watching a future Broadway star!

Many shows publish holiday dates for the leading actors, so you can check which dates they will not be performing on. Check our production page for dates that celebrities are not appearing on.

Who are the biggest Broadway actresses right now?

Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) is currently appearing in one of the hottest shows in town, Appropriate. Her performance in Branden Jacobs-Jenkin’s dark family drama has been described as “vicious and dynamic” by Variety and is a top pick for any theater fans. Coming up soon, you can also see Tony Award winner Jessica Lange in Paula Vogel’s Mother Play this spring at the Hayes Theater, and Academy Award nominee Rachel McAdams in Mary Jane at the Friedman Theatre.

Several other award-winning female Broadway stars actresses continue to deliver fantastic performances in long-running shows, including Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada as Persephone in Hadestown.

Who are the most famous Broadway actors performing this year?

Some of the most acclaimed male Broadway stars on stage right now include Josh Gad in Gutenberg! The Musical; Gad is a Tony Award-nominated theater performer who is best known for starring in The Book of Mormon.

Other popular Broadway actors to watch include Liev Schreiber in Doubt, and Aaron Tveit in Sweeney Todd from February 9. Tveit is best known for Moulin Rouge! The Musical and played Enjolras in Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of Les Misérables.
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