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The Biggest Stars on Broadway in 2023

Who needs Hollywood when you have New York City? 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.

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

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Merrily We Roll Along New York
Merrily We Roll Along 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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Opens September 2023

2. Jessica Chastain in A Doll’s House

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A Doll's House New York
A Doll's House New York
She’s been described as the Meryl Streep of her generation, and Jessica Chastain’s versatile resume proves why she is one of the most respected actresses around. With roles in Zero Dark Thirty and The Eyes of Tammy Faye (for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress), Chastain now returns to the stage in a 5-star revival of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, directed by Jamie Lloyd, in a performance that earned her a 2023 Tony Award nomination.
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3. Jodie Comer in Prima Facie

Prima Facie New York
Prima Facie New York
Few actors have ascended to stardom on both sides of the Atlantic as rapidly as Jodie Comer, thanks mainly to her portrayal of assassin Villanelle in Killing Eve. When one-woman-play Prima Facie premiered in the West End, it earned 5-star reviews, Olivier Awards and broke records with its cinema live screenings. It now transfers to Broadway for a limited season, with Comer reprising her tour-de-force performance as a young lawyer torn between her job and her morals.
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4. Oscar Isaac in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window New York
The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window New York
Golden Globe Award-winning actor Oscar Isaac has sky-rocketed to fame over the last decade, with roles in Stars Wars, Ex Machina and Scenes from a Marriage proving his immense skill across multiple genres. On stage, he has already taken on some of the biggest roles in theater history, including Hamlet, and now stars as the eponymous character in Lorraine Hansbury’s satirical play about relationships and progressive idealism in 1960s New York.
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5. Lea Michele in Funny Girl

Funny Girl New York
Funny Girl New York
Lea Michele is perhaps best known for her breakout role as Rachel in the musical comedy-drama series Glee, but she made her Broadway debut in 1995, playing Young Cosette in Les Misérables. With an impressive number of musical theater credits to her name including Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof and Spring Awakening, she is currently starring as the ultimate stage diva Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.

Lea Michele will not perform on certain dates. Please check production page for more details.
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6. Ben Platt in Parade

Parade New York
Parade New York
After rising to prominence for his Tony Award-winning performance in Dear Evan Hansen, Ben Platt has become one of the most well-known musical theater actors working today. Whilst his credits also include film and television (Pitch Perfect; The Politician), nothing beats seeing Platt perform live on Broadway. He currently stars in an acclaimed revival of classic musical Parade, about a Jewish couple whose lives are upended by a terrible accusation.

Ben Platt will not perform on certain dates. Please check production page for more details.
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7. Josh Groban in Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd New York
Sweeney Todd New York
Grammy Award-nominated singer Josh Groban has sold millions of albums, and his distinctive smooth voice provides the soundtrack for Christmases, weddings and everything in between. Since making his Broadway debut in 2016 (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), he has earned huge acclaim as an actor, and now assumes the role of grisly, vengeful barber Sweeney Todd in a “thrilling” (The New Yorker) revival of Sondheim’s penny dreadful musical.

Josh Groban will not perform on certain dates. Please check production page for more details.
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8. Sean Hayes in Good Night, Oscar

Good Night, Oscar New York
Good Night, Oscar New York
Emmy Award winner Sean Hayes has earned his place in the noughties nostalgia Hall of Fame, having starred in Jack McFarland in NBC’s Will & Grace. He brings his impeccable comic timing and charm to Broadway in this brand-new play about light entertainment star and musician Oscar Levant, who put on an unforgettable performance - in more ways than one - on The Tonight Show in 1958.
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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?

Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots, Sunday in the Park with George) is currently appearing in one of the hottest shows in town, Sweeney Todd. Her performance as scheming Mrs. Lovett has earned her a 2023 Tony Award nomination. You can also see a Tony Award-nominated performance from Micaela Diamond (The Cher Show) in Parade at the Jacobs Theatre.

World-renowned actress and Broadway singer Lea Salonga appears for selected performances in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s musical Here Lies Love. Salonga is one of the most respected female Broadway stars around and made history as the first Asian actress to play both Éponine and Fantine in Les Mis in New York.

Several award-winning actresses continue to deliver fantastic performances in long-running Broadway shows, including Tony Award-winner 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 Ramin Karimloo in Funny Girl; Karimloo is a multi-award-winning theater performer who has played some of the most iconic roles in musicals history, including the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and Jean Valjean in Les Misérables.

Other popular Broadway actors to watch include Christian Borle, who is Tony Award-nominated for his performance in Some Like It Hot, and Gaten Matarazzo in Sweeney Todd. Matarazzo is best known for playing Dustin in Netflix’s Stranger Things but began his career on Broadway, playing Gavroche in Les Misérables.
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