11 Celebrities You Can See on Broadway This Fall
We’re ready, J Hud
Hanging out on the couch and watching Netflix is fun and everything, but did you know you can go see real, live actual celebrities right here in NYC?
A bunch of Hollywood stars are trying Broadway on for size this fall (and a few are coming back for more), which means we’re that much closer to becoming BFFs with Jennifer Hudson.
Here are 11 celebs you can see in the flesh.
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY IN “THÉRÈSE RAQUIN”
The Pirates of the Caribbean star is making her Broadway debut in the hot new adaptation, pronounced “teh-RESE RAH-keh” (seven years of French were finally good for something), about a woman in a loveless marriage who has a passionate affair.
Through January 3, 2016, at Studio 54
AL PACINO IN “CHINA DOLL”
This living legend is back on the Great White Way in a play written specifically for him by David Mamet. Here’s what we know: It involves a billionaire, his young fiancée and an airplane. Hoo-ah.
October 21 through January 31, 2016, at the Schoenfeld Theatre
CLIVE OWEN IN “OLD TIMES”
Sure, you could sit back and watch this British stud in The Knick, or you could see him in person in the new revival of Harold Pinter’s surreal, sexy and extremely mysterious drama.
Through November 29 at the American Airlines Theatre
JENNIFER HUDSON IN “THE COLOR PURPLE”
We’ve been waiting for years for the Oscar winner and American Idol alum to grace Broadway with her presence, and that time has finally come in the new musical revival based on Alice Walker’s momentous novel.
Beginning December 10 at the Jacobs Theatre; open-ended run
SAM ROCKWELL IN “FOOL FOR LOVE”
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind star is teaming up with Tony winner Nina Arianda for a fiery revival of the 1983 drama that put Sam Shepard on the map.
Through December 6 at the Friedman Theatre
BRUCE WILLIS & LAURIE METCALF IN “MISERY”
We were thoroughly creeped out by the Stephen King book and movie, so we’re psyched to see Laurie Metcalf (you know, Jackie from Roseanne) smash Bruce Willis’s ankles with a sledgehammer.
October 22 through February 4, 2016, at the Broadhurst Theatre
JAMES EARL JONES & CICELY TYSON IN “THE GIN GAME”
Stage and screen legends James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, who have starred together on stage (The Blacks), in film (The River Niger) and on TV (Heat Wave) are now tackling Broadway together. With three Tonys, five Emmys, an honorary Oscar and a Grammy between them, this winning pair can’t be missed.
Through January 10, 2016, at the Golden Theatre
MATTHEW BRODERICK IN “SYLVIA”
Ferris Bueller--uh, we mean Matthew Broderick--is returning to Broadway as a man who’s a little too enamored with his new dog, played by Masters of Sex star Annaleigh Ashford.
Through January 24 at the Cort Theatre
BONUS: LUPITA NYONG’O IN “ECLIPSED”
OK, so this one’s not technically Broadway, but venture downtown to catch the 2014 Oscar winner in a stirring and surprisingly humorous drama about three captive wives of a rebel officer during the Liberian Civil War.
Through November 29 at the Public Theater