Broadway Starts off Hollywood Stars
A turn on the Broadway stages has proven to be the passage to Tinsel Town for some of the biggest names. Hollywood star names on a Broadway marques is no surprise and shows currently includes Denzel Washington, James Franco, Micelle Williams and more. The list of actors that started off on stage will surprise many readers.
Starting off with Meryl Streep, before this phenomenal actress played in Manhattan and The Deer Hunter she made her debut on Broadway playing Miss Imogen Parrott in the revival comedy called Trelawny of the Wells in 1975. She returned in 2006 to make a memorable turn in the 2006 play called Mother Courage and Her Children at Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre. Streep was nominated for 18 Oscars and 3 awards in her movie career and her most recent successes includes the portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the movie called The Iron Lady.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Jesse Tyler Ferguson is the musical theatre star, yet on the Emmy winning sitcom of Modern Family is Mitchell Pritchett that frequently clashes with his overly dramatic music teacher partner for being over dramatic. Ferguson took his first turn on the Broadway stage as Chip in the play called On the Town in 1998. A memorable run for Ferguson was also as a home schooled, Coneybear in the play called The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in 2005. Ferguson returned to the stage in 2013 and starred in Daniel Sullivan’s revival of The Comedy of Errors at the Delacorte Theatre.
Millions of Law & Order fans would most certainly be surprised to hear that Orbach who played the bad-tempered detective called Lennie Briscoe for 13 years, first was a song and dance man. We sure are referring to Jerry Orbach a veteran Broadway actor who starred as Sky Masterson in the production called Guys and Dolls in 1965. He appeared in many more, which includes Annie Get Your Gun, 42nd Street and Chicago. Orbach won a Tony Award for his leading role in the musical Promises in 1969. Back in 1960 he was the one who originated the role of El Gallo in one of the longest running musicals called The Fantasticks. The current home of the show was renamed to Jerry Orbach Theatre upon his death.
While Josh Gad’s fine-tuned comic timing is just discovered in the popular hit Frozen as the voice of Olaf the snowman, theatre enthusiasts already discovered his talents in 2005. He starred in The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee and in 2011 in the runaway it The Book of Mormon, which made Josh a star. He was nominated for a Tony Award. Josh can be seen in The Comedians starring opposite Billy Crystal as he is playing Steve Wozniak.
Anna Kendrick was a Broadway baby before she earned an Oscar nomination in 2010 for her performance in Up in the Air, as the adorable Natalie Kenner. When she was 12 years old she played in the musical called High Society in 1998. Only 5 years later Kendrick made her film debut in Camp and played a camper. She reminded audiences in 2012 how well she sings in the hit Pitch Perfect and in 2014 she starred as Cinderella in the movie called Into the Woods.
These are just some of the stars who found their voices on the stages in New York.