Arts Issue: Broadway sees familiar faces take center stage

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WSN presents this year’s Broadway stars in an exciting season filled with talent both old and new.

Longtime Broadway favorite Idina Menzel shines in “If/Then.” Menzel, an acclaimed singer, actress and songwriter, recently starred in the Disney-hit “Frozen.” She also won a Tony Award for her performance in “Wicked.”

“Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe returns to the stage in Martin McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” a dark comedy about a crippled boy trying to escape his small town in Ireland.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” welcomes Neil Patrick Harris, a stage veteran best known for playing the beloved Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother.”

Zach Braff wows the crowd in “Bullets Over Broadway” as David Shayne, an aspiring young playwright in 1920’s New York City. Braff’s previous work includes the movie “Garden State” and a leading role in the long-running sitcom “Scrubs.”

Former Miss America and pop star Vanessa Williams appears in “After Midnight,” a musical loosely based on a fictional jazz club, performing songs by Duke Ellington and company.

Fan favorite James Franco plays George in the revival of “Of Mice and Men.” Franco’s most notable work includes the “Spider-Man” trilogy and “127 Hours,” the latter of which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

“A Raisin in the Sun” welcomes Denzel Washington in the leading role of Walter Younger. Washington’s previous work, mainly on the big screen, includes “Malcolm X,” “He Got Game” and “Flight.”

Returning to Studio 54 for “Cabaret,” Alan Cumming will reprise his role as the emcee in this revival of Kander and Ebb’s eerie tale of a nightclub in Nazi Germany. Cumming, known for his role on “The Good Wife,” also recently appeared in a one-man production of “Macbeth.”

The “Cabaret” cast also includes Michelle Williams, who got her start on the teen drama “Dawson’s Creek” and went on to appear in several movies, including “Brokeback Mountain.”

A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, April 10 print edition. Caitlin Doyle is a contributing writer. Email her at theater@nyunews.com.

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