Just Announced: Celebs Coming to Broadway

The latest crop of celebrity sightings on Broadway will have theatre fans—be they casual or committedin a state of excitement. Stars from Bradley Cooper to Sienna Miller to Daniel Radcliffe will be gracing New York stages in the months ahead. Read on for the best of celebs coming soon to a Broadway theater near you.

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Okay, this one really gets my heart fluttering: Tony winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber starring together in Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses. I mean, really, if any two actors today can embrace the lush and devious undercurrents of this steamy dark comedy its Brit McTeer and Yank Schreiber...heating up the Broadway stage in this play adaptation of the 1782 French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.

McTeer, an Oscar nominee for Albert Nobbs and Tumbleweeds, plays La Marquise de Merteuil, a role she performed last year at Donmar Warehouse in London. Schreiber, fresh from his starring role in the hit Showtime series Ray Donovan, will play Le Vicomte de Valmont. Film fans will recall that these characters were played onscreen in 1988 by Glenn Close and John Malkovich.

Performances are set to start previews on October 8th with an opening date of October 30th. Its limited engagement run will close on January 22nd, 2017.

The 2016/2017 season is already reaping the benefits of A-List celebrity buzz courtesy of Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller who, rumor has it, will be starring in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Philip Barry’s The Philadelphia Story in either the fall or spring. Having participated in a recent industry reading of the script, if all the cards fall into place, Tony-nominee Cooper and Roundabout alum Miller will be reviving their big screen chemistryBurnt and American Sniperonstage.

Stay tuned for more definitive info...and cross your fingers the play that served as catalyst for Katherine Hepburn to go from “box office poison” in 1939 to solid gold superstar (particularly after she sold the play rights to MGM’s Louis B. Mayer with the stipulation she maintain all kinds of veto power) will become a Cooper-Miller reality.


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Daniel Radcliffe confided to me during his Broadway debut in Equus that his Harry Potter costar, the late, brilliant, much-missed Alan Rickman told him that American audiences were marvelously welcoming and among his favorites. A few performances into his Equus run at the Broadhurst, Radcliffe was sold. Which probably has something to do with why the actor returned to Broadway two more times (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and The Cripple of Inishmaan) and is now revving up for a summer run (and Off-Broadway debut!) at the Public Theater in playwright James Graham’s Privacyan exploration of our tangled techno-addictions.

The provocative script taps into the revelations of Edward Snowden to track one guy’s contentious plunge into social media, while questioning just whoor whatis controlling the back room politics of technology. And here’s the kicker: the show not only encourages theatregoers to keep their phones on, but to live tweet and such. 

Previews begin on July 5th with an opening date of July 18th. The closing date is set for August 7th, but don’t be surprised to see an extension or two...just check your Tweets, Instagram, texts, #whatever.

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Second Stage Theatre is gearing up for the world premiere of Sofia Alvarez’s Friend Art starring American Idol vet Constantine Maroulis, who you may recall received a Tony nomination for playing a rock star wannabe in Rock of Ages.

As for his latest venture, Friend Art is a study of a group of 30-somethings struggling to succeed in Manhattan. The show will launch previews at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre (aka Second Stage’s uptown home) on May 18th and will officially open on May 26th.

[P.S. If you’re a heavy-duty Maroulis freak and find May 18th to be too far in the future, you can always catch him costarring on TV in a couple of La-Z-Boy commercials opposite Brooke Shields.]

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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