Broadway has never been a stranger to hosting young celebrities, but more often than not, it’s the girls who take the stage – Abigail Breslin, Claire Danes, Diana DeGarmo, Scarlett Johansson. (We really covered the spectrum with that list.) Given all the recent hubbub about How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (which welcomed Nick Jonas this week), it’s nice to remember that Hollywood’s young leading men are also shipping out and hitting the Great White Way.
For starters, Jonas follows in the footsteps of Daniel Radcliffe and Darren Criss, who both starred in the revival of How to Succeed. Hunter Parrish (Weeds) has been headlining as Jesus in the angsty revival of Godspell.
In February, rising heartthrob Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) tackles the pivotal role of Biff in the iconic play Death of a Salesman (costarring not-quite-heartthrob Philip Seymour Hoffman), and his Social Network costar Jesse Eisenberg wrote and starred in Asuncion, which played off-Broadway last fall. Even former pop star Aaron Carter and Phil of the Future’s Raviv “Ricky” Ullman (Disney’s original Zac Efron) are channeling their inner Nathan Lane in The Fantasticks and Russian Transport, respectively.
The sudden influx of youthful male Hollywood players is nothing new, but there appears to be a particularly high concentration of them in the recent months. And surely there will be many more in upcoming seasons, now that stunt casting on Broadway is as unsurprising as Sutton Foster getting nominated for a Tony. It’s the cool thing to do.
Now I turn to you, Broadway fans. Which examples of celebrity testosterone would you like to see sing and dance in New York’s finest theaters?