Hollywood Hits Broadway

New York City and Hollywood may be some 3,000 miles apart, but when they come together on Broadway, sparks fly!  This past summer, Broadway hosted the best silver screen talent with mega-actors like Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Bette Midler, Cuba Gooding Jr., Holland Taylor, and Sigourney Weaver taking the stage by storm. Well, NYC visitors, it ain’t over yet!  September is a month to remember as more big Hollywood stars come to town with new Broadway premieres.

For the first time in nearly two generations, Shakespeare’s most famous love tragedy returns to Broadway in a reimagined and reinvigorated revival.  Pirates of the Caribbean star and silver screen sensation Orlando Bloom makes his Broadway debut along side Tony-nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly) in Romeo and Juliet (Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St.).  The classic story is now set in modern times, with the same star-crossed lovers and captivating themes of jealousy, prejudice, and betrayal.  Previews have just begun, so buy your tickets today!

For a different type of romantic outing, check out the laugh-out-loud musical comedy First Date (Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St.).  Zachary Levi, best known for his starring role in TV series “Chuck”, plays Aaron, a blind date newbie who is set up for dinner with serial-dater Casey, played by “Smash” and “Adams Family” actress Krysta Rodriguez.  Watch as the evening unfolds in real time and all their baggage comes to life on stage, with restaurant patrons transforming into everything from supportive best friends to manipulative exes and protective parents.

Also new to Broadway is a spellbinding revival of Tennessee Williams’s masterpiece The Glass Menagerie (Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.).  “Star Trek” and “Angels in America” star Zachary Quinto plays Tom, a man pushed by his mother to find a “gentleman caller” for his shy and damaged sister.  It is a beautiful and poetic play that has theater critics raving!  Previews begin 9/5.

Lastly, previews begin 9/5 for Big Fish, an entertaining new Broadway musical about a son’s adventurous journey to find the truth behind his traveling-salesman father’s epic and thrilling tales (Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St.).  Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Tim Burton film starring Ewan McGregor, Big Fish is a heartfelt, humorous, and magical modern fable that is great for the whole family.

From Hollywood to Broadway, the stars have aligned for a magical month of theater.