January 25, 2013 10:00 ET Theater Preview: Star-Studded Casts Dominate 2013 Broadway Season

SOUTH WINDSOR, CT--(Marketwire - Jan 25, 2013) - With the New Year now underway, pauses to preview the star-studded theater season ahead. The 2013 Broadway season will lure theater-goers with shows featuring recognizable names, including movie stars Tom Hanks and Scarlett Johansson.

Hanks makes his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy, a Nora Ephron play about controversial New York Daily News reporter Mike McAlary, while Johansson stars in Tennessee Williams' classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

"Celebrities can bring theater to those who might otherwise shy away from it," said Crystal Maldonado, theater specialist at "Going to see a Broadway show can be intimidating, but when it includes your favorite actor, it adds a sense of credibility and excitement. People get curious." customers can also get a dose of star-power with The Other Place, starring Laurie Metcalf, and Picnic, with Maggie Grace and Sebastian Stan. Both productions jump-started the 2013 Broadway season with rave reviews.

Spring previews will bring a new round of celebrities to the Great White Way. "Game of Thrones®" fans can see Emilia Clarke play the iconic Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's, starting March 4. Theater buffs can check out Nathan Lane in The Nance, beginning March 21. "American Idol®" aficionados will appreciate Constantine Maroulis in Jekyll & Hyde, which pauses its national tour at the end of March for a brief run on Broadway, starting April 5.

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