Broadway calling!

Saturday, 26 April 2014 - 7:25am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

This season, a number of famous actors will be seen on the theatre stages

James Franco – The 127 Hours star plays one of the lead roles in an adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1937 novel Of Mice and Men. The production traces the story of George and Lenny, two migrant workers in California, who long for a farm and a home of their own during the depression. James who reportedly spends a lot of time reading and sleeping in his dressing room, had said that he took it up as he wanted to step outside the box and try something new.

Denzel Washington – Denzel stars in A Raisin in the Sun, a play set in Chicago of the late '50s. It tells the story of the lives of an African-American family, run by matriarch Lena who wants to buy a home in an all-white neighborhood and her son Walter (Washington). US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle have already watched this production that has left theatre critics singing the actor's praises.

Neil Patrick Harris – The How I Met your Mother actor takes on a radically new avatar in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He plays an East German glam-rock singer whose band name, the Angry Inch, refers to Hedwig's transgender identity. Talking about the play, Neil says, ""Well, Hedwig expects everyone to love her and worship her because she's infinitely talented and no one acknowledges it, but they all should. So coming from that point of view, everything is fantastic for her and if someone doesn't like her, she'll cut 'em."

Daniel Radcliffe – A far cry from his role in the Harry Potter series, in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Daniel plays the lead role. The story set in Ireland, on a small island called Inishmaan, where the people are perturbed on hearing that a Hollywood film is set to filmed there. Radcliffe plays a young Cripple Billy who is desperate to be in the movie.

Bryan Cranston, All the Way, Neil Simon Theatre
What's here: "In the anteroom, I have things for people to look at when they visit: big longhorns on the wall, the Texas flag. And in the makeup area, I have a few pictures of Lyndon. I'll look over at him and catch his eye while I'm applying makeup. He seems to change his expression; sometimes he approves or disapproves. 'No? Too much eyebrow pencil? Okay, I'll take it down a bit.' "
Preparation: "I put on cuff links which were his, and Luci Baines Johnson gave me a tie tack of her dad's, which I wear in the show as well. I sip a Throat Coat tea throughout the show. Oh, and I slaughter a goat and drink its blood before I go on [laughs]. Actually, that would be very LBJ."

Bryan Cranston – The Breaking Bad star makes his broadway debut with his role of President Lyndon B Johnson during his first year in office In All the Way. The production highlights the difficulties the Johnson administration faced during the 1964 election and while trying to pass civil rights legislation.

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