Top Male Stage Superstars of the Decade
In the same way that Clooney or Angelina can open a movie, there is a very short list of theatre actors that have the star power to attract audiences and producers on the strength of their name and talent alone. We pay tribute to superstars of Broadway over the past decade.
Nathan Lane reigns as the king of old Broadway, after his triumph in The Producers in 2001, Lane was able to have his pick of musical revivals. Instead the actor insisted on stretching his enormous talent in the impressive series of shows with nothing in common beyond his desire to bring them to Broadway. His adaptation of The Frogs in 2004 is a smash hit, the revival of The Odd Couple in 2006 yet another hit, black comedy turn in Butley is another great revival in 2006, so is the David Mamet’s satirical in November 2008. An acclaimed revival of Waiting for Godot in 2009 and now the irresistible performance as Gomez in the brand new musical called the Addams Family. Where Nathan Lane goes…audiences sure follows.
Harvey Feirstein is a true gentleman of the theatre, he has the talent to make everything he does look easy. His impressive career includes four Tony Awards that includes the prestigious Best Actor in a Play for Torch Song Trilogy, Best Actor in a Musical for Hairspray, Best Play and Best Book of a Musical for La Cage aux Folles. Harvey has kept up his amazing prolific pace for almost 30 years and most recently as book writer and star in the show called A Catered Affair and on tour as Teyve in the show Fiddler on the Roof. In addition to his extraordinary gifts an actor and writer, Harvey has mentored a countless amount of young stage artists, he is a true superstar.
Hugh Jackman can be called the ambassador for Broadway to the world. He got his start onstage in Australia and then conquered London in Oklahoma. He then let his star power shine brightly in The Boy from Oz. He never missed a Broadway performance in this exhausting role of song and dance man Peter Allen. Inevitably this super sexy, Tony Award winner become a big movie star. But Jackman still continues his campaign to keep theatre on the cultural front. Hugh hosted the Tony’s and inserted Broadway style razzmatazz as host of the Oscars. Producers is eagerly interested in any show starring Jackman and he surprised everyone when he choose to play a violent cop in Chicago in an unknown play called A Steady Rain, raking in $1 million a week. Hugh Jackman in real life is a sweetheart.
Josh Young is an American actor whose first major gig was the role of Marius in the 3rd tour of Les Misérables. He began his relationship with Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival two seasons ago when Gary Griffin was searching for a Che to fill the production of Andrew Lloyd Webbers Evita. Young also took on the monumental role and is seen in the role of apostle Judas Iscario, revived from the rock classic called Jesus Christ Superstar and plays alongside Eva Paron and Chillina Kennedy who is featured in the role of Mary Magdelene. Josh Young sure is a rocking tenor who will put a fresh spin on the Judas character.