Hollywood on Broadway: Denzel Washington, Daniel Craig Among 2013-14 Season's Stars (Photos)
6:13 PM PDT 4/28/2014 by Ashley Lee
Bryan Cranston, Michelle Williams, Neil Patrick Harris, Zachary Quinto, Orlando Bloom, Toni Collette and James Franco are some of the famous faces who took a break from film and TV with a turn onstage.
Denzel Washington returned to the stage as frustrated father Walter Lee Younger, opposite Sophie Okonedo, Anika Noni Rose and LaTanya Richardson Jackson in Kenny Leon's revival of A Raisin in the Sun at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
Mike Nichols' revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre featured Daniel Craig as publisher husband Robert, whose history of extramarital indiscretions has come to light. Robert also happens to be the oldest friend of Jerry (Rafe Spall), who is also married but had a lengthy affair with Robert's wife, Emma (Rachel Weisz).
Neil Patrick Harris followed his How I Met Your Mother run with a return to the stage in Michael Mayer's Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as a transgender East Berlin rocker who lands on the New York stage via a Kansas trailer park, at the Belasco Theatre.
Bryan Cranston made his Broadway debut at the Neil Simon Theatre as Lyndon B. Johnson in Bill Rauch'sbio-drama All the Way, chronicling the year LBJ ascended from the VP spot in the wake of John F. Kennedy's assassination and ran for reelection after pushing through the controversial Civil Rights Act.
Debra Messing and Brian F. O'Byrne starred in John Patrick Shanley’sOutside Mullingar – a hesitant, Ireland-set romance stalled by petty grievances and misunderstandings – at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Zach Braff starred as a playwright who learns that success comes with compromises in Woody Allen'smusicalization of his screen comedy Bullets Over Broadway, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, at the St. James Theatre.
Fantasia Barrino, Toni Braxton and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Vanessa Williams and k.d. lang each took guest turns in director-choreographer Warren Carlyle’sHarlem Renaissance celebration After Midnight at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Frozen songstress Idina Menzel returned to Broadway after 10 years – and reunited with her Rent co-star Anthony Rapp and director Michael Greif – as a woman pursuing both romance and a career in If/Then at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Weeds' Mary-Louise Parker played Elizabeth Gaesling, whose recently deceased spendthrift husband has left her prominent Syracuse family mired in debt (which she chooses to ignore), in Sharr White’s play The Snow Geese at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Toni Collette and Michael C. Hall play same-surname neighbors Bob Jones and Jennifer Jones, alongside Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei as their respective spouses in Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses at the Lyceum Theatre.
Two-time Tony winner and Bunheads star Sutton Foster played a disfigured North Carolina farm girl on a quest for transformation in Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’sVioletat the American Airlines Theatre.
Tyne Daly starred as Katharine Gerard – a recently widowed woman who lost her son two decades ago due to AIDS complications – in Sheryl Kaller's staging of Terrence McNally'snew play Mothers and Sons at the John Golden Theatre.
Mark Rylance and Samuel Barnett headlined director Tim Carroll’s repertory double bill of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Richard III at the Belasco Theatre. Stephen Fry also made his Broadway acting debut in Twelfth Night.