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Hollywood Stars Taking the New York Stage This Fall

There’s an opportunity to catch some of Hollywood’s brightest stars on stage this fall. Whether they already had plans to perform on Broadway or signed up while off-screen during the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, here’s a roundup of some stars sparkling on the Great White Way this fall.

Aubrey Plaza in The White Lotus. Photo Fabio Lovino/HBO.
Aubrey Plaza in The White Lotus. Photo Fabio Lovino/HBO.

Aubrey Plaza in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea 

Aubrey Plaza makes her stage debut in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. The Off-Broadway 10-week limited run begins October 30 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Plaza is most famous for her role as April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation. Most recently, Plaza played Harper on The Max’s The White Lotus, earning her an Emmy nomination. She was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2023.

Danny DeVito in I Need That

Matilda’s Danny DeVito stars opposite his daughter Lucy DeVito in I Need That, a new comedy play by Theresa Rebeck. The limited engagement at the American Airlines Theatre runs October 13 through December 23. This is DeVito’s first return to Broadway since earning a Tony nomination in 2017’s The Price. He is most famous for his role as Louie De Palma on the TV show Taxi and currently as Frank Reynolds on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He played Matilda’s mean father, Harry Wormwood, in the 1996 film of the same name.

Sarah Paulson in Appropriate

Sarah Paulson returns to Broadway in Appropriate, with previews beginning November 26 at the Hayes Theater. Paulson is no stranger to Broadway: This marks her fourth show, and her first time back in 13 years. She made her Broadway debut as a replacement understudy in The Sisters Rosensweig. Most recently she has been in the Hollywood spotlight for playing attorney Marcia Clark in Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson. In 2021, she returned to the series to play Linda Tripp on American Crime Story: Impeachment.

Leslie Odom Jr. in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Leslie Odom Jr. in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.

Leslie Odom Jr. in Purlie Victorious 

Tony and Grammy Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) stars in Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch by Ossie Davis. This marks Odom’s fourth Broadway show. He made his debut as a replacement in Rent, followed by the short-lived musical Leap of Faith. In 2012 and 2013, he played Sam on the theater-cult TV show Smash (coming to Broadway next season). In 2015, his big break and Tony Award win for best actor in a musical was for playing Aaron Burr in Hamilton. After Hamilton, he starred in and executive-produced the four-part television miniseries Love in the Time of Corona. He voices the animated character of Owen Tillerman in the musical-comedy series Central Park. On film, he played Sam Cooke in One Night in Miami in 2020, earning an Oscar nomination. In 2021, he was cast in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

Josh Gad in Gutenberg! The Musical!

Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells reunite for the first time since they costarred on Broadway in the original cast of The Book of Mormon. Gutenberg! The Musical! is playing for a limited 20 weeks at the James Earl Jones Theatre starting September 15. Gad made his Broadway debut in 2006 as a replacement in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as William Barfée. In 2009, he was a correspondent on The Daily Show. In 2011, he returned to Broadway as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, earning a Tony nomination. Gad is perhaps most famously known for voicing Olaf in Disney’s Frozen. He also played LeFou in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.