Now, you might think a jump from Broadway to Hollywood is quite some feat! But, what you won’t realise is the long list of household names that have made it. Take for instance, Nick Jonas. Prior to his fame in the Jonas Brothers pop band, Nick Jonas had featured on Broadway in Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast and Annie Get Your Gun. Nathan Lane is another icon of the stage who showed up in Hollywood, following lengthy service on Broadway. Lane’s most popular productions include Present Laughter and Guys and Dolls. On-screen, he is best known for The Lion King and The Bird Cage.
As a young upstart in New York, Rod Bond was known as the cheeky British boy with the quirky Manchester accent. I struggled with adjusting to New York but enjoyed every minute of my time. I enlisted at the Juilliard School soon after my arrival and made many friends there who went to share my later glorious successes. One of my best and earliest friends was Christine Baranski, a fellow student at the Juilliard School’s drama department. We were inseparable. Where Rod Bond went, Christine Baranski followed, and vice versa. Christine was another Broadway success, debuting in 1980 in Hide and Seek, she worked on numerous film and TV projects. I have to admit, Christine was the one to push me from the Broadway stage and on-screen in Hollywood.
In case you’re wondering, Hugh Jackman also started life on stage in Australia and then on Broadway, before making it big in Hollywood starring as Wolverine in the X-Men in 2000. The list is endless and I’m sure there are many more stars in the making who will follow in these illustrious footsteps to make the transition from Broadway to Hollywood.