Guess Who's Coming to Broadway: Celebs Hitting NYC Stages

The upcoming theatre season in New York is shaping up to be a good one if you like to see celebrities taking to Broadway stages. Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, and the Broadway debut of Danny DeVito are only the beginning!

Kristin Chenoweth

If you’ve been feeling a bit diva-deprived because Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth hasn’t been around the Great White Way since she starred in On the Twentieth Century last year, take comfort. The tiny actress with the killer voice will be returningalbeit brieflyto perform a series of concerts at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from November 2nd through the 13th.

Not surprisingly, Chenoweth’s showMy Love Letter to Broadwaywill feature a “handpicked selection of musical theater favorites”, most likely a number or two from her Tony turns as Lucy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Glinda in Wicked, along with songs from "The Art of Elegance," her new album, which is slated for release on September 23rd.

And in case you’re wondering what to expect when you sign on for ticketskeeping in mind this is a 12 performance only dealpress release word has it you’re in for “an intimate evening of romance, glamour and laughter."

P.S. If falling under Chenoweth’s Lunt-Fontanne spell piques your passion for her innate irresistibility, keep in mind she’ll be one of the stars of the live broadcast of Hairspray playing Velma von Tussle alongside Broadway veterans Harvey Fierstein (Edna Turnblad), Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle); Martin Short (Wilbur Turnblad), Rosie O’Donnell (Gym Teacher), Sean Hayes (Mr. Pinky), and Andrea Martin (Prudy Pingleton). It all happens on on December 7th on NBC.

John Turturro by Matthew Sussman

John Turturro wil star in Arthur Miller's The Price, along with Danny DeVito and Tony Shalhoub. Photo: Matthew Sussmann

Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen the gold standard stars filling up the cast list of Arthur Miller’s The Price launching previews February 16th and opening March 16th, you’ll be interested to know the latest star to sign on for this new production directed by Steppenwolf Theatre co-founder Terry Kinney is Emmy-winner Danny DeVito in his Broadway debut. He joins fellow Emmy winners Tony Shalhoub (who arrives with a couple of Tony nominations under belt) and, as Shalhoub’s brother, John Turturro who played Shalhoub’s agoraphobic brother on USA Network’s Monk.

Jessica Hecht

Jessica Hecht, fresh from Fiddler on the Roof, is the sole female in the upcoming production of Arthur Miller's The Price.

The sole female in the company is Jessica Hecht, fresh from starring as Golde opposite Danny Burstein’s Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. (Notably, Fiddler is scheduled to play its final performance on New Year’s Eve.) Hecht, incidentally, was nominated for a Tony for her performance in another Arthur Miller playA View From the Bridgeplaying opposite Liev Schreiber who, incidentally, will be starring in Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway beginning October 8th.

Dangerous Liaisions

Liev Schreiber costars with Janet McTeer in the new Broadway version of Les Liasions Dangereuses.

About the Author

City Guide Theatre Editor Griffin Miller moved to New York to pursue an acting/writing career in the 1980s after graduating magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, she has written for The New York Times, For the Bride, Hotels, and a number of other publications, mostly in the areas of travel and performance arts. An active member of The New York Travel Writers Association, she is also a playwright and award-winning collage artist. In addition, she sits on the board of The Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Griffin is married to Richard Sandomir, a reporter for The New York Times.

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