So how do Hollywood celebs fare on Broadway when they dare tread the boards? Some unlikely names get the Tony crowd cheering (Antonio Banderas in a live musical), some others get the snub (Julia Roberts! Denzel Washington!).
Sean 'P.Diddy' Combs. Hugh Jackman. Kevin Spacey. Melanie Griffith. Vanessa Williams. Sarah Jessica Parker. Nicole Kidman. Billy Crystal. Banderas and Roberts and Washington. These A-list stars chucked their multimillion-dollar paychecks for a chance to earn acting spurs in the medium of theater. Who among them soared, and who got yawned out of town?
Entertainment Weekly provides an appraisal here (and it's not pretty for the Pretty Woman!).
Antonio Banderas with a bevy of beauties (including musical theater royalty Chita Rivera, lower left) in "Nine" (2003)
PLUS: The NYTimes critics' fearless forecast for the June 10 Tony Awards (click graphic to enlarge):
[photos: Entertainment Weekly]