While many of the world’s finest actors pull double duty by acting in both feature films and on the stage, most of them will tell you that the experience of performing for the silver screen is light years away from performing in front of a live audience. This year, some of the most famous and respected Hollywood stars are headed to the Broadway stage to make triumphant returns and long-awaited debuts, and Vivid Seats has an assortment of great Broadway tickets for the entire 2013 theater season.
After a nine-year hiatus, Emmy-winning actor Alec Baldwin is making his return to Broadway to star in Daniel Sullivan's production of Orphans. Written by Lyle Kessler, the black comedy will play at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre from March 26-June 30, and the former “30 Rock” star will play Harold, a wealthy, Chicago gangster who is kidnapped by two orphaned brothers and ends up becoming the father figure that they’ve been yearning for. The show also stars Ben Foster and Tom Sturridge.
Bette Midler will bring her Tony-winning talents back to the Broadway stage for the first time in 30 years to play Hollywood agent Sue Mengers in I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. The play is running as a limited engagement at the Booth Theatre from April 5-June 30, and “The Divine Miss M” is the lone player in this hilarious romp detailing a night in the life of Hollywood’s first female “super agent.” The show was written by Tony winner John Logan (Red) and directed by fellow Tony Award recipient, Joe Mantello (Wicked).
A two-time Academy Award winner for Best Actor (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”), Tom Hanks is set to make his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy. Hanks will star as Mike McAlary, the prize-winning newspaper columnist who covered NYPD corruption in the 1980s. Lucky Guy is currently previewing at the Broadhurst Theatre, and it’s slated to run through June 16. The show is the late Ephron’s final play, and Hanks is a fitting choice, as he starred in two of her most popular films, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail.” The play will also mark Maura Tierney’s Broadway debut, and she’ll play McAlary’s wife, Alice.
Jane Lynch is perhaps best known as the razor-tongued cheerleading coach on the Fox television show, "Glee," and she’ll make an apt Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in the revival of Annie. The musical is currently playing at the Palace Theatre through Nov. 17, and Lynch is slated to fill in for Katie Finneran for eight weeks (May 16-July 14). No one can get enough of the iconic tale of Little Orphan Annie, who’s played by Lilla Crawford, and with a stage history at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, as well as a stint with the renowned Second City, Lynch is sure to fit in perfectly.
Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, is back on Broadway for its third revival, and Scarlett Johansson is set to star as “Maggie the Cat.” The show is currently playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre through March 30, and Johansson, who won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play in her Broadway debut (A View from the Bridge), will star in the Southern tale of greed and strained relationships. The play is being directed by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and co-stars Benjamin Walker and Ciaran Hinds.
Best known for her roles in films like “Avatar” and “Alien,” Sigourney Weaver will star alongside Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) in the highly anticipated stage comedy, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike. The show is playing at the John Holden Theatre through June 30, and playwright Christopher Durang has penned a very quirky and hilarious tale about two bickering, middle-aged siblings (Vanya and Sonia) who must deal with threats from their celebrity sister (Masha) and her boyfriend (Spike). The play also stars Kristine Nielsen and Billy Magnussen.
Cuba Gooding, Jr. claimed the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1996 (“Jerry McGuire”), and he’s gracing the Broadway stage for the first time in the revival of Horton Foote’s, The Trip to Bountiful. The play opens for previews on March 30, and will officially open on April 23 for a 14-week, limited engagement at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre that’s set to end on June 30. The inspiring story of a gridlocked mother who escapes her family to return to her small-town roots on the Gulf Coast also stars Tony nominee Condola Rashad and Academy Award nominee Cicely Tyson.
Jesse Eisenberg is known for roles in films like “The Social Network” and “Adventureland,” and he’ll be starring in The Revisionist, which is currently playing at the Cherry Lane Theatre through April 21. The Eisenberg-penned story has him starring alongside Tony-and Academy Award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave (As You Like It, “Julia”). The story follows a young writer that ventures to Poland to stay with his distant relative in hopes of curing his writer’s block. It’s being directed by Kip Fagan, and many viewers are noting the show as one of Redgrave’s finest performances.
“Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke stars in Richard Greenberg's fresh adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's, and though the late Audrey Hepburn is most associated with the iconic Holly Golightly character, it’s hard to imagine anyone but Clarke playing the role. Truman Capote’s classic novella comes to life beautifully at the Cort Theatre, where it’s now playing through Sept. 1. The show is being directed by Sean Mathias, and Clarke stars alongside Cory Michael Smith and George Wendt.
Tony winner Alan Cumming (Cabaret) is headed back to Broadway to put on what should be an incredible rendition of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The show is beginning previews on April 7 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, and it will run as a strictly limited, 73-performance engagement, which will end on June 30. Directed by Tony winner John Tiffany (Once) and Andrew Goldberg (The Bomb-itty of Errors), the show will set the classic story inside a single room within a psychiatric unit, and Cumming will play each role as a deranged patient.