Broadway’s Top 10 Celebrity Hits

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In recent years it has become quite the trend to see Hollywood stars hit the Great White Way, some of which do not fair well while others command the stage and dazzle audiences.  Here is a list of 10 household names that have really shined on Broadway.

10. Antonio Banderas, Nine (2003)

Antonio Banderas in Nine

Antonio Banderas in Nine

“He sings powerfully…and has an innate charisma that works…” – Matthew Murray, Talkin’ Broadway

9. Daniel Radcliffe, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2011)

 Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

“Instead of trying to light the show on fire, Radcliffe digs in, sticks every dismount with an ingenious charm…” – Scott Brown, NY Magazine

8. Denzel Washington, Fences (2010)

Denzel Washington in Fences

Denzel Washington in Fences

“Mr. Washington [takes] Troy Maxson into dark and uncharted places…he’s a first-class storyteller…” – Ben Brantley, New York Times

7. Hugh JackmanThe Boy From Oz (2003)

Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz

Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz

“He dances and sings up a storm, mimicking Allen’s flamboyant gestures, hip swivels, vocal inflections, and impromptu-appearing dance steps with vivid, piquant precision.” – Matthew Murray, Talkin’ Broadway

6. Edie FalcoThe House of Blue Leaves (2011)

 Edie Falco in The House of Blue Leaves

Edie Falco in The House of Blue Leaves

“…there is one luminous force. And that is Ms. Falco.” – Ben Brantley, New York Times

5. Christina Applegate, Sweet Charity (2005)

Christina Applegate in Sweet Charity

Christina Applegate in Sweet Charity

“Applegate is a singing, dancing, acting delight as Charity Hope Valentine, the dance-hall hostess with a heart of gold.” – David Finkle, TheaterMania

4. Al Pacino, The Merchant of Venice (2010)

Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice

Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice

“People have fretted for centuries over how seriously to take Shylock; Pacino’s performance nails the source of their discomfort.” – Michael Feingold, The Village Voice

3. Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood (2008)

Laurence Fishburne in Thurgood

Laurence Fishburne in Thurgood

“A good stage actor can immerse you in his imaginary world. An outstanding one makes you feel you’re the only other person in it. That higher-level mastery is achieved by Laurence Fishburne in “Thurgood…’”  - Peter Marks, Washington Post

2. Robin Williams, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2011)

 Robin Williams in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Robin Williams in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

“Robin Williams sinks his teeth into the play’s cosmic questions about the existence of God and the nature of man and beast.” – Marilyn Stasio, Variety

1. Jude Law, Hamlet (2009)

Jude Law in Hamlet

Jude Law in Hamlet

“He has a sharp critical intelligence. He dexterously parses and shades Shakespeare’s poetry, making the words as clear, crisp, and compelling as his profile. For his soliloquies, Law comes downstage and, with his piercing almond eyes, draws us into his turbulent consciousness. It’s big magic.” – John Lahr, The New Yorker