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Will Rita Wilson (& Other Stars) Return to Broadway?


Two weeks after testing positive for coronavirus, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks are reportedly “feeling good” (as per Wilson’s Instagram post) and on the road to recovery. For now, Broadway is still dark… but once Broadway is back, we wanted to know if Wilson — and other Broadway stars — would consider returning to the Great White Way. Their answers may surprise you!

Rita Wilson (played Roxie Hart in Chicago)

“I would love to perform again on Broadway!” Rita Wilson declared. “I am always looking for the right project. You respond to different roles at different times in your life. Now I’m looking for things that resonate and are meaningful to who I am today. And I would really like to originate a role in a Broadway musical and explore that. But it has to be the right project. I’m in awe of the people who perform on Broadway. They are so incredibly talented. In fact, many of my band members are also Broadway musicians so they play in musicals.”


Josh Radnor (starred in Disgraced)

“Yes. I am fully open to it when the right thing comes along,” the How I Met Your Mother alum revealed. I mean it’s really like going to the actor gym. You have got to go every single day. It regulates your life in a pretty interesting way. You wake up and think, okay, I’ve got to be at the theater at 7, 7:30 or whatever and this is what I have to do today. And your whole day kind oriented around the performance. You have to conserve your energy and voice. It’s a bit like you’re a monk while  doing theater because you have to take care of yourself. You can’t get sick. Also, there’s a purity to performing on stage because you do the whole show every night. You are your own editor. You have got to recreate the performance. I started in the theater so in some ways it is where I still feel most at home.”


Christina Applegate (starred in Sweet Charity — and received a Tony nomination!)

“I don’t know if my body could do it, but I could do a play when my daughter is a little bit older!” the Tony nominee shared.


Kristin Davis (starred in Gore Vida’s Best Man)

“When I did Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, listen to who was in it: James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, John Stamos, John Larroquette, Candice Bergen. I don’t think anything could live up to that experience,” the Sex and the City alum shared before adding, “But yes, of course, I’d love to!”


Jane Lynch (played Miss Hannigan in Annie)

“If Broadway comes-a-knocking, I would probably say ‘yes,” the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star revealed. (Coincidentally, her character on the hit show shares her love of the Great White Way!) “When I did Annie on Broadway it brought back the reason I love doing live theater. There’s the camaraderie with my fellow actors. I love dedicating my life to that performance that night. That means you sleep late. You protect your voice. I couldn’t wait to go to the theater every night. I would love to do that again.”


Maggie Gyllenhaal

“I am less interested performing on Broadway than performing off-Broadway,” The Deuce star explained. “But then I watch the Tonys and I know Anaïs Mitchell, the composer of Hadestown, a little bit, who is amazing, so…” [so, maybe that’s a yes?!]

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