From Screen to Stage: Hollywood Stars Who've Done Broadway!

In honor of Carly Rae Jepsen's newest role as Cinderella on Broadway, we're looking back at the screen stars who've taken their talents to the Big Apple!

Many stars who were known for acting in movies and TV or rocking out in the recording studio have taken their talents to Broadway -- but not all have succeeded.

From Carly Rae Jepsen stepping into the Broadway ring to Jennifer Garner’s underwhelming role in Cyrano de Bergerac, look back at how these Hollywood celebs stepped out of their element and owned (or failed) the Broadway stage!


Carly Rae Jepsen

Scarlett Johansson, broadway

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Play: Cinderella
Role: Cinderella
When: February 2014 to May 2014
Response: Even though Jepsen hasn't began her Broadway debut as of yet, people already seem to be looking forward to seeing her acting chops -- as they feel she will do a great job. E! has even reported that while in high school, the singer performed in her school's adaptions of Annie, Grease and The Wiz.

Scarlett Johansson

Carly Rae Jepsen, broadway

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Play: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Role: Margaret
When: January to March 3013
Response: Unlike her 2010 performance play, A View from the Bridge, which won her a Tony and Theatre World award, reviews for her portrayal as Margaret were poor. “In her much-anticipated star turn as one of the theater's juiciest women, she works so admirably to avoid Maggie-the-Cat cliches that the actress and the character almost disappear in sensitive, levelheaded, ladylike restraint," reported Newsday.


Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, Broadway

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Play: Lucky Guy
Role: Mike McAlary
When: April to July 2013
Response: Tom Hanks is made for the stage! The actor rocked his Broadway debut by winning a Theatre World award. He is also nominated for a Tony Award for best performance by an actor and a Drama Desk Award for outstanding actor in a play. Lucky Guy is bringing in more than $1 million in weekly ticket sales since the opening.


Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes, broadway

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Play: Dead Accounts
Role: Lorna
When: November 2012 to January 2013
Response: Although the play closed earlier than scheduled and received poor reviews, Katie Holmes’ performance was received well by critics, as they found her role an improvement from her 2008 debut, All My Sons. Third time's a charm?

Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield, Broadway

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Play: Death of a Salesman
Role: Biff
When: March to June 2012
Response: This role earned the Amazing Spider-man 2 actor his first Tony nomination in 2012.

Claire Danes

Claire Danes, Broadway

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Play: Pygmalion
Role: Eliza Doolittle
When: October to December 2007
Response: Although the Homeland actress is no stranger to the stage, critics gave her Broadway debut mixed reviews. The New York Post described Claire Danes' performance as “handsomely done,” while the Washington Post called her “plain vanilla.”

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe, broadway

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Play: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Role: J. Pierrepont Finch
When: February 2011 to January 2012
Response: Daniel Radcliffe succeeds! The former Harry Potter star received favorable reviews for his performance. He was nominated for a 2011 Drama Deck Award. He also starred in the 2009 play, Equus.

Darren Criss

Darren Criss, Broadway

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Play: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Role: J. Pierrepont Finch
When: January 2012
Response: The Glee star, who succeeded Radcliffe, not only received critically acclaimed reviews, but he drew in over $4 million in only three weeks!

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas, broadway

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Play: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Role: J. Pierrepont Finch
When: January to May 2012
Response: How to Succeed just couldn't hang on. Nick Jonas may be popular with teen girls, but he failed to bring in the money on Broadway. The show closed earlier than intended after ticket sales dropped drastically. Jonas also made appearances in Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Miserables.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman, broadway

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Play: The Blue Room
Role: Irene/Marie/Emma/Kelly
When: December 1998 to February 1999
Response: In Nicole Kidman's only Broadway performance, she received a 1999 Theatre World Award.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington, broadway

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Play: Fences
Role: Troy Maxson
When: April to July 2010
Response: He is an award-winning actor on and off the screen! The actor won a 2010 Tony Award for his portrayal of Troy Maxson.
He also starred in the 2005 play Julius Caesar and the 1988 play Checkmates.

Abigail Breslin

Abigail Breslin, Broadway

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Play: The Miracle Worker
Role: Helen Keller
When: March to April 2010
Response: Although the play received mixed reviews, The Call actress was praised by critics for her portrayal of the blind and deaf Helen Keller. Unfortunately, her moving performance couldn’t withstand disappointing ticket sales; the show closed early after only 38 performances.

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman, Broadway

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Play: The Boy from Oz
Role: Peter Allen
When: October 2003 to September 2004
Response: The awards just kept on coming! Hugh Jackman won a 2004 Tony Award, Theater World Award and Drama Desk Award.
The Les Miserables actor returned to Broadway in A Steady Rain in 2009 and Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway in 2012.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner, Broadway

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Play: Cyrano de Bergerac
Role: Roxane
When: November 2007 to January 2008
Response: The actress received underwhelming reviews for her performance. The New York Daily News said Jennifer Garner “brings her natural beauty to Roxane, but she's miscast."


Diddy, Broadway

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Play: A Raisin in the Sun
Role: Walter Lee Younger
When: April to July 2004
Response: Diddy's Broadway debut received mixed reviews by critics who questioned his acting skills.

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts, broadway

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Play: Three Days of Rain
Role: Nan, Lina
When: April to June 2006
Response: Although the play, which also starred Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd, was commercially successful, that didn’t save Julia Roberts from the critics. Her Broadway debut was called “stiff" by the New York Times.

Jude Law

Jude Law, Broadway

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Play: Hamlet
Role: Hamlet
When: October 2009 to December 2009
Response: Jude Law’s performance in the tragic play earned him a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award nomination in 2010.
The Side Effects actor also starred in the 1995 play Indiscretions, where he won a Theatre World Award and earned a Tony nomination.

Ashlee Simpson

Ashlee Simpson, broadway

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Play: Chicago
Role: Roxie Hart
When: November 2009 to February 2010
Response: After playing the role in the London run of the musical, Ashlee Simpson reprised her role of Roxie Hart on Broadway. She received rave reviews in her debut performance.

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell, broadway

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Play: You’re Welcome America
Role: George W. Bush
When: February to March 2009
Response: It looks like Will Ferrell’s comedy transferred well to the stage! The actor’s play received a 2009 Tony Award nomination for best special theatrical event.

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin, Broadway

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Play: Orphans
Role: Harold
When: April to May 2013
Response: There was troubled from the get-go after Shia LaBeouf quit the production because of “creative differences.” Although Orphans is nominated for two Tony Awards for best leading actor (Tom Sturridge) and best play revival, the show will end early due to low ticket sales.
Alec Baldwin also appeared in the Broadway plays Twentieth Century, A Streetcar Named Desire, Serious Money and Loot.

Al Pacino

Al Pacino  Broadway

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Play: The Merchant of Venice
Role: Shylock
When: November 2010 to February 2011
Response: After playing Shylock in the 2004 film The Merchant of Venice, Al Pacino returned to the role -- this time on Broadway. The actor earned a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award nomination in 2011.
The actor isn't new to the stage. He appeared in Glengarry Glen Ross, Salome, Hughie, Chinese Coffee, American Buffalo, King Richard III, The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, Camino Real and Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?

Anne Heche

Anne Heche, broadway

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Play: Twentieth Century
Role: Lily Garland
When: March to June 2004
Response: Anne Heche’s performance earned her a 2004 Tony nomination for best actress in a play.

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