17 Celebrities Who’ve Hit the Broadway Stage

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Nothing like the thrill of live theater! While most celebs make a name for themselves through acting on the big (or small) screen, there are those that like to make the leap to the stage once their established enough. Or, there are those who start off doing Broadway, and work their way to Hollywood.

Case in point? There is a slew of stars who’ve made a leap to the Broadway stage. To see who we’re talking about, click through the gallery below!

1. Ariana Grande

Before her Nickelodeon and pop star days, Ariana starred in a production of 13.


2. Andrew Garfield

In 2012, A-Garf starred in a production of Death of a Salesman. And BONUS: Phillip Seymour Hoffman aka Plutarch Heavensbee was in the same production.


3/4/5. Jonathan Groff/Skylar Astin/Lea Michele

These three became pals (and still are to this day!) when they all starred in Spring Awakening together.


6. Scarlett Johansson

ScarJo starred in A View From the Bridge in 2010, which ultimately earned her a Tony Award. EGOT, anyone?


7. Darren Criss

In early 2012, Darren replaced Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

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8. Ashlee Simpson

Ashlee took the part of Roxie Hart in the popular musical, Chicago.


9. Corbin Bleu

Taking his High School Musical skills to heart, he starred in a production of In the Heights.


10. Billy Ray Cyrus

Similar to Ashlee, Billy starred as Billy Flynn in a production of Chicago in 2012.


11. Adam Lambert

Before his American Idol, Adam Lambert starred as Fieryo in a production of Wicked.


12. Daniel Racliffe

After his Harry Potter days ended, Dan-Rad took on a very different role and starred in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

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13. Neil Patrick Harris

NPH is a Broadway veteran! Not only has he hosted the Tony Awards a few times, he has been in Proof, Cabaret and Assassins.

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14. Raven Symone

Raven sang her heart out in a production of Sister Act.

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15. Nick Jonas

You know how we mentioned Darren took over for Dan-Rad in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying? Nick took over for Darren when he was done. Oh, and he starred as Link in a production of Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl, which isn't technically Broadway, but we'll count anyways.

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16. Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly will star in Cinderella beginning in February 2014. We have high hopes for her!


17. Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa starred as Mimi in a production of Rent at the Hollywood Bowl back in 2010. It's not exactly Broadway, but the musical is so well known we couldn't help but count it.

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  • Madeline

    I LOVE Skylar Astin, Jonathan Groff, and Lea Michele!!! They ROCKED Spring Awakening!!!

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  • Madeleine

    Nick Jonas was also in the 25th anniversary edition of Les Misérables! I loved this post- so interesting!

    Xoxo Mads

    • Sarah

      Nick was also Gavroche in Les Mis back in 2002 or 2003, well before his stint as Marius.