Broadway Stars who Hit Millions
The finest stage actors have tasted success and some have millions of reasons to thank the stage for strong starting points.
We start off with Florence Henderson now worth over $15 million. She is proof that stars previously needed to be triple threats in order to get big breaks. Henderson ruled in the 50’s on Broadway and was part of the productions such as the 1952 hit called Wish You Were Here as well as the musical in 1954 named Fanny and appeared in a total of 888 productions of the show! Hollywood eventually got to know her as Carol Brady in the Brady Bunch.
Kirsten Bell worth $16 Million is the darling star of Veronica Mars and left NYU in 2001 with only a few credits shy of graduating, to star in the Broadway production of tom Sawyer called The Adventure of Tom Sawyer and took the role of Becky Thatcher. Bell also played as Mary Lane in the musical Reefer Madness and move on from Broadway with a highly successful career in television and film. The Disney animated hit, Frozen was were her musical theatre style come into play.
Taye Diggs is worth $22 million and debut on Broadway in the original production of Rent, back in the mid-nineties. Since then Diggs also appeared in the film called How Stella Got Her Groove Back and in the televised series Private Practice. Through the years he has moved between stage and screen and starred in movies such as the Baggage Claim and The Best Man Holiday. His career will undoubtedly grow and he has Broadway to thank for his big break.
Kirston Chenoweth now worth $30 million starred as Sally Brown in the Broadway show, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and in the role of Glinda in the hit musical called Wicked. Chenoweth built a strong stage career and her success came as actress in television as acting Glee in The West Wing and Pushing Daisies.
Diane Keaton became a gem in Hollywood and is worth $32 million. Her long prosperous career started in the role Shiela in the big Broadway production of Hair. Keaton refused to go nude at the end of the 1st act and made the headlines. The nudity was optional for actors of the play but a $50 bonus was paid for their appearance in their birthday suits. Keaten landed a role in the Woody Allen stage production called Play It Again, Sam and earned herself a Tony Award nomination. A legend born on Broadway that went on to become a legend in Hollywood.
$45 million is the worth of Julie Andrews, who was a Dame in theatre royalty before she starred in television and film. She started out as stage actress and played in both West End and Broadway musicals such as Camelot. Her big break came with Eliza Dolittle in the 1st stage production of My Fair Lady.
Meryl Streep worth $46 million. No doubt Streep is one of the most respected and talented actresses of all times. She earned herself an MFA in acting in a top school, Yale. She made waves in Broadway starring in productions such as The Playboy of Seville and several Shakespeare plays.
The top earners is Jessica Parker worth $90 million and Hugh Jackman worth $100 million. Parker played the adorable Annie at the age of 12 years old. Jackman is known as the ambassador of Broadway and is still on the stage in-between his movie making career. Best known as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman played in the Boy of Oz at the West End and made name for himself in Oklahoma!