Broadway Stars to Hollywood Stars: Hollywood’s Main Girls

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What’s good, Hollywood? We’ve acquired one thing nice! This month, we’re celebrating Broadway’s re-opening. (“The present should go on!”) Whereas several exhibits on Broadway have already began performances, over a dozen musicals are re-opening on Broadway within the second half of September and actually, we couldn’t be happier about it.

With increasingly musicals resuming as of this month, and some highly-anticipated movie musicals premiering within the coming weeks, there’s extra Broadway chatter in Hollywoodland than normal! And for good purpose—there are extra Broadway veterans starring in hit movies and tv collection than it’s possible you’ll understand.

We lately explored the OGs of Broadway-to-Hollywood fame and the next generation, however there are nonetheless loads of feminine A-listers who’ve graced Broadway levels earlier than the silver display and we wish to be sure you learn about all of them (even the curveballs we’ll be together with on this listing!).

Broadway Stars turned Hollywood’s main women: Sutton Foster

Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster is without doubt one of the best dwelling Broadway triple-threats of our time. She is a legend and she or he have to be protected in any respect prices! (By the best way, triple menace signifies that not solely can Sutton act, however she will be able to additionally sing and dance with equal impeccable ability and expertise. In truth, she will be able to do all 3 on the similar time. With a smile!)

Sutton Foster made her Broadway debut as an understudy for Sandy within the 1996 manufacturing of Grease on the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. Nonetheless, she had her massive breakout function in 2002 when she originated the titular character of the Twenties song-and-dance musical, Totally Trendy Millie. Sutton’s efficiency as Millie Dillmount earned the performer her first Tony Award for Finest Featured Actress in A Musical. Alongside together with her win, Totally Trendy Millie swept the Tonys that 12 months, incomes 6 awards.

Sutton’s efficiency as Millie obtained optimistic evaluations from critics throughout the board. Of their assessment of Totally Trendy Millie, Newsday wrote the next: “She has a smile which will remind you of Mary Tyler Moore, the gawky comedian precision of the younger Carol Burnett, the lyricism of a romantic heroine, and a smallish however vibrant voice as correct as it’s expressive.” Enjoyable reality for you: Kristin Chenoweth initially had the function of Millie within the pre-Broadway productions of Totally Trendy Millie however Sutton changed her when the present went to Broadway and Kristin “went to Hollywood for a sitcom deal.”

Following her success as Millie Dillmount, Sutton Foster soldiered on with a #booked&busy Broadway schedule. Within the following years, she originated the function of Jo March in Little Girls: The Musical (2005), starred within the Broadway premieres of The Drowsy Chaperone (2006), Younger Frankenstein (2007), and Violet (2014), and originated the function of Princess Fiona in Shrek: The Musical (2008). In 2012, Sutton received her second Tony for her efficiency as Reno Sweeney within the Cole Porter musical Something Goes. Within the 12 years between 2002 to 2014, Sutton Foster was nominated for a complete of 6 Tony Awards for Finest Actress in A Musical. ( That’s a median of 1 nomination each 2 years. I imply…whoa!)

In 2012, Sutton Foster started her first common on-screen function as Michelle Simms in Bunheads, an ABC Household drama created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Women, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). In 2014, Sutton made her function movie debut in Angriest Man in Brooklyn, starring Robin Williams. The next 12 months  she starred within the main function of 2015’s horror-comedy, Gravy, directed by Psych star, James Roday Rodriguez. 

That very same 12 months, Sutton Foster landed her second common small-screen function starring as Liza Miller within the TV Land comedy/drama, Youthful. The collection, created by Darren Star (Intercourse and the Metropolis, Emily in Paris), ran for 7 seasons and in addition starred Debi Mazar and Hilary Duff.

Sutton Foster is presently starring in a West Finish manufacturing of Something Goes, the place she has reprised her Tony Award-winning function as Reno Sweeney. The present runs till November sixth. Up subsequent, Sutton will seem as Marian Paroo in The Music Man reverse Hugh Jackman on Broadway. (In case you put 2 legendary triple-threats collectively, do you get a sextuple-threat?) The Music Man begins previews on December 20th and formally opens on the Winter Backyard Theater on February 10, 2022. We now have a sense that is going to be *the* present to see over the vacations; It’s going to be large!

Broadway Stars turned Hollywood’s main women: Lea Michele

Since we’re celebrating Broadway babes turned Hollywood starlets, we might be remiss to not embrace Ms. Lea Michele on this listing. Earlier than her breakout function within the 2006 Unique Broadway Forged (OBC) of Spring Awakening, Lea had already had herself a formidable Broadway profession as a baby and teenage star. She made her Broadway debut in 1995, on the ripe previous age of 8, enjoying Younger Cosette in Les Misérables (1995-1996). Lea additionally starred within the Broadway revivals of Ragtime from 1997 to 1999, and Fiddler on the Roof from 2004-2005.

In 2005, Lea Michele was forged in a workshop manufacturing of the coming-of-age folk-rock musical, Spring Awakening, co-written by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. The present paperwork the lives of a gaggle of youngsters within the conservative and rigidly oppressive society of Nineteenth-century Germany as they expertise sexual and ideological awakenings and aspire for better freedom. Lea Michele originated the function of the feminine lead, Wendla Bergmann, alongside fellow future Broadway-to-Hollywooders Jonathan Groff and John Gallagher Jr. The three starred collectively within the Unique Broadway Forged of Spring Awakening when it opened on the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in December 2006 and the present was a smash hit (Spring Awakening swept The Tony Awards in 2007 with 8 wins). Lea ended up enjoying Wendla on Broadway till 2008.

Lea Michele started her first long-term small display function the next 12 months, starring as Rachel Berry within the iconic musical teen dramedy Glee. The function of Rachel was written specifically for Lea by the present’s co-creator Ryan Murphy. She performed the character all through the present’s 6 seasons.

Throughout that point, Lea Michele additionally starred in Glee: The 3D Live performance Film launched in 2011 and in Ryan Murphy’s satirical slasher comedy collection, Scream Queens, from 2015 to 2016, alongside Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Abigail Breslin. From 2017 to 2018, Lea starred within the ABC sitcom, The Mayor (with one other Broadway to Hollywood man, Daveed Diggs). 

The triple-threat’s final musical theater efficiency was in 2019 when Lea Michele starred as Ariel within the “live-to-film concert experience” of Disney’s The Little Mermaid on the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, co-starring Harvey Firestein, Cheech Marin, and Peter Gallagher.

As for Lea Michele’s upcoming tasks? She’s presently in her first 12 months of motherhood. (A special sort of manufacturing solely!) Lea and her husband, businessman Zandy Reich, welcomed a child boy in August of 2020. She is presently selling an album of lullabies for her son, Ever. The album, aptly titled Ceaselessly, covers well-liked hits by quite a lot of artists starting from Weapons N’ Roses to Kacey Musgraves. Ceaselessly will likely be launched someday this fall (an actual launch date is but to be introduced).

Broadway Stars turned Hollywood’s main women: Renée Elise Goldsberry

Okay, Broadway followers who know their stuff positively know the identify Renée Elise Goldsberry because the 2015 Unique Broadway Forged of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Since originating the function of Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton, Renée has jumped from the stage to the movie and tv world. However earlier than her Hamilton fame, she already had fairly the Broadway tenure.

Renée Elise Goldsberry had her tv massive break starring in 43 episodes of Ally McBeal as a back-up singer from 1997 to 2001. Following her small-screen function, Renée made her Broadway debut as Nala in The Lion King in 2002 and originated the function of Nettie Harris within the 2005 Unique Broadway Forged of The Coloration Purple (which we lately mentioned at size here). She additionally starred as Mimi Marquez in Lease on Broadway in 2008. Three years later, in 2011, Renée obtained rave reviews within the Broadway manufacturing of the David Lindsay-Abaire play Good Folks starring Frances McDormand (#GOAT).

In 2016, following the smashing success of Hamilton’s 2015 debut on Broadway, Renée Elise Goldsberry received a Tony Award for Finest Actress in A Musical within the now-infamous 2016 Hamilton Tony’s takeover (wherein the hip-hop musical earned a historic 16 nominations and took dwelling 11 Tony Awards in 1 night!). She additionally received a Grammy, alongside together with her castmates, for Finest Musical Theater Album.

Renée Elise Goldsberry continued within the function of Angelica Schuyler on Broadway till September 2016 when she bounced again to Hollywood with a mess of movie and tv tasks. In 2017, Renée starred within the title function of HBO movie The Immortal Lifetime of Henrietta Lacks and later that 12 months, she was featured in 2 seasons of the science-fiction collection Altered Carbon on Netflix.

A 12 months later in 2018, Renée starred in Eli Roth’s fantasy comedy, The Home with a Clock in Its Partitions, alongside Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. In 2019, she was featured in A24’s function drama, Waves, reverse Sterling Ok. Brown. Final 12 months, Renée additionally made a number of appearances on NBC’s musical comedy/drama, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

In December of 2020, Renée Elise Goldsberry reprised her function as Angelica Schuyler within the Disney+ movie model of Hamilton, for which she was nominated for a 2021 Emmy for her function. The Emmys are Sunday, September Nineteenth on CBS. If Renée Elise Goldsberry wins the Emmy, she will likely be one step nearer to reaching an EGOT. All she will need is an Oscar!

At present, Renée is starring within the Peacock musical comedy collection Girls5Eva, with Busy Philipps and Sara Bareilles. The present premiered in Could and a second season is already within the works. Upcoming tasks for Renée embrace the Marvel collection She-Hulk coming to Disney+ in 2022. She’ll star within the superhero collection alongside Tatiana Maslany, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Roth, and Jameela Jamil. Additionally subsequent 12 months, Renée is ready to star within the highly-anticipated function movie What If? directed by Billy Porter in his directorial debut.

Broadway Stars turned Hollywood’s main women: Sarah Hyland

Right here’s a Broadway curveball for you, Hollywooders: Trendy Household’s Sarah Hyland! Whereas Sarah won’t have as many Broadway creds to her identify as another members of this listing, her 2006 performance as Jacqueline Bouvier in Gray Gardens earns her the correct to be included on this listing! (So don’t attempt to @ me on technicalities, Broadway trivia fanatics.)

Quick ahead 3 years from Sarah Hyland’s Broadway debut to the premiere of her smash hit tv breakthrough in 2009. ABC’s Trendy Household, which ran for 11 seasons, turned a beloved multi-generational household sitcom. On Trendy Household, Sarah starred as Haley Dunphy, the oldest daughter of Claire and Phil Dunphy, performed by Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, and granddaughter of Ed O’Neill’s Jay Pritchett. Sarah, alongside together with her castmates, obtained Display screen Actors Guild Awards yearly from 2011 by way of 2014 for Finest Ensemble Tv Comedy Forged.

Throughout her Trendy Household chapter, Sarah continued performing in musical theater events and productions all through New York and Hollywood together with a 3-night restricted run of Hair in 2014 on the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, in addition to a cabaret efficiency of Kerrigan and Lowdermilk’s The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown on the Kerrigan-Lowdermilk West Coast Debut in Hollywood in January 2013.

Previously few years, Sarah Hyland has moved additional into the music world. In 2016, a canopy of The Chainsmokers’s “Nearer” that she carried out with Boyce Avenue went viral and ears perked up everywhere in the web.

In 2019, Sarah gave a blazing efficiency when she debuted her single, “We Met At A Party” at the Teen Choice Awards with Jordan McGraw, proving herself as an actress-turned-songstress proper earlier than our eyes!

At present, Sarah Hyland is in manufacturing on the rom-com function My Fake Boyfriend with Dylan Sprouse and Keiynan Lonsdale, which is scheduled to be launched in 2022. However actually, we’re ready with bated breath to see if Sarah Hyland returns to her musical theater roots within the close to future.

Broadway Stars turned Hollywood’s main women: Ariana Grande

Okay, everyone studying this has heard of Ariana Grande, however do you know that earlier than the pop stardom and the Disney fame, Ariana made her debut on Broadway in 2008 when she originated the role of Charlotte in Jason Robert Brown’s ensemble teen musical, 13.

Two years later, Ariana shortly ascended to Disney fame for her function because the red-headed, doe-eyed Cat Valentine in Victorious (2010-2013) and Sam & Cat (2013-2014), thus cementing her teen stardom. In August of 2013, she launched her debut studio album, Yours Actually, and debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200. Instantly, Ariana Grande went from Disney star to pop star (hooray! each post-millennial teen star’s dream come true!).

Since then, Ariana Grande has launched a formidable 6 studio albums in 7 years, together with a reside album from 2019. For her musical items to this world, Ariana has earned 3 Billboard Music Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, and 9 MTV VMAs, together with virtually a complete trophy room filled with different awards and accolades.

However! Ariana Grande’s musical theater roots have by no means gone utterly dormant! As soon as the ultimate season of Victorious wrapped in 2013, she starred alongside Neil Patrick Harris in a manufacturing of the vacation musical A Snow White Christmas. In 2016, Ariana starred within the NBC televised manufacturing of Hairspray Dwell! as Penny Pingleton, alongside Broadway legends like Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, and Martin Quick.

Now that Ariana has achieved legendary pop stardom, completed reside televised musicals, and even headlined Coachella, the starlet nonetheless has a protracted profession forward of her. We “couldn’t assist however marvel”™ if Ariana would possibly make a limited-engagement foray again to Broadway sooner or later, now that the Nice White Manner has recently opened up for business once again.

Broadway Stars turned Hollywood’s main women: Anika Noni Rose

Broadway-to-Hollywood’s Anika Noni Rose is most widely-known for offering the voice of Tiana in Disney’s 2009 animated blockbuster, The Princess and the Frog. However do you know that earlier than her Disney princess fame, Anika Noni Rose achieved the final word Broadway success story? (Truthfully, it in itself is value writing a musical about!)

In 2000, on the age of 28, Anika moved to NYC with no job and “with big hopes of making it on Broadway.” A mere 3 months later, she acquired forged as Rusty within the Broadway manufacturing of Footloose! Anika climbed to Broadway royalty 4 years after that when she starred within the Tony Kushner musical Caroline, or Change. Her efficiency as Emmi Thibodeaux earned Anika the 2004 Tony Award for Finest Featured Actress in A Musical.

Anika Noni Rose transitioned from Broadway to Hollywood stardom in 2006 when she starred as Lorrell Robinson (who was impressed by Motown legend Mary Wilson!) within the blockbuster musical movie Dreamgirls, co-starring with Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson, amongst others.

Anika Noni Rose returned to Broadway in 2008 starring as Maggie within the Broadway revival manufacturing of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on A Sizzling Tin Roof reverse Terrence Howard and James Earl Jones.

Her most widely-known function as Princess Tiana got here the next 12 months with Disney’s launch of The Princess and the Frog in December of 2009. For sure, The Princess and the Frog was a field workplace blockbuster, incomes $271 million in field workplaces worldwide. The movie additionally has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 85%. Anika Noni Rose was lauded by critics and viewers alike for enjoying the first Black Disney princess and in 2011, she received the primary ever Disney Legend Award.

After Princess and the Frog, Anika Noni Rose continued to excel in Hollywood, showing in over a dozen films within the following 10 years. Nonetheless, she stayed loyal to Broadway. In 2011, Anika featured in a filmed live performance model of Stephen Sondheim’s Company with the New York Philharmonic, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Christina Hendricks. 

In 2013, Anika Noni Rose originated the function of Angelica Schuyler within the first workshop manufacturing of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton at Vassar School in 2013. Nonetheless, she was unable to proceed with the present upon its transfer to The Public Theater in 2015 as a result of she had accepted the function of Beneatha Youthful within the Broadway revival manufacturing of  A Raisin In The Solar starring Denzel Washington. Anika Noni Rose was nominated for her second Tony Award for Finest Featured Actress in a Play.

Preserve your eyes peeled for Anika Noni Rose within the upcoming Netflix dramedy collection Maid starring Margaret Qualley and Margaret’s real-life mom, Andie MacDowell. The ten-episode collection is government produced by Margot Robbie and will likely be launched on Netflix on October 1st. Try the trailer under, it’s positively on our listing of recent exhibits to binge this fall.

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