Breakout Stars, Scene-Stealers and Chilling Performances: The Most Unforgettable Moments of 2015

News   Breakout Stars, Scene-Stealers and Chilling Performances: The Most Unforgettable Moments of 2015 Newcomers, veterans, scene stealers and show-stoppers: These are the performers and their shining moments that made 2015 a legendary year.

Witnessing Shanice Williams turn into a star right before our eyes in The Wiz Live!

Shanice Williams and David Alan Grier in <i>The Wiz Live!</i>
Shanice Williams and David Alan Grier in The Wiz Live! Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC

Daveed Diggs stealing the show at Hamilton (in his Broadway debut, no less!) while doing double-duty as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson.

Daveed Diggs and cast in <i>Hamilton</i>
Daveed Diggs and cast in Hamilton Photo by Joan Marcus

The ageless Ellen Greene, who had audiences eating out of the palm of her hand and leaping out of their seats, in her return to Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at City Center Encores!

Jake Gyllenhaal, Ellen Greene and Eddie Cooper in <i>Little Shop of Horrors</i>
Jake Gyllenhaal, Ellen Greene and Eddie Cooper in Little Shop of Horrors Photo by Joan Marcus

The earthy, star-making brilliance of Cynthia Erivo as Celie in The Color Purple.

Cynthia Erivo in <i>The Color Purple</i>
Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple Photo by Matthew Murphy

Sitting in awe as Austin P. McKenzie simultaneously blew us away with his voice and the word of his body in his theatrical debut at Spring Awakening. Hey Austin, "We've all got our junk, and our junk is you."

Austin P. McKenzie and company
Austin P. McKenzie and company Photo by Joan Marcus

A scene-stealing Lisa Howard stopped the show nightly with "Jenny's Blues" in It Shoulda Been You.

Lisa Howard in <i>It Shoulda Been You</i>
Lisa Howard in It Shoulda Been You Photo by Joan Marcus

Actor and activist George Takei who, at the age of 78, decided to take on Broadway in Allegiance, a new musical based on his own life story.

George Takei and Lea Salonga in <i>Allegiance</i> on Broadway
George Takei and Lea Salonga in Allegiance on Broadway Photo by Matthew Murphy

Ana Villafañe making her Broadway debut with a sizzling performance as Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet!

Ana Villafañe in <i>On Your Feet!</i>
Ana Villafañe in On Your Feet! Photo by Matthew Murphy

Fun Home star Sydney Lucas stopping hearts across America with her performance of "Ring of Keys" at the Tony Awards.

Sydney Lucas in <i>Fun Home</i>
Sydney Lucas in Fun Home

Chita Rivera reminding Broadway newbies of what it means to be a pro. Despite nearly losing her voice due to a brutal cold during the final performances of The Visit, the two-time Tony winner went on, delivering a master class in how to act a Kander and Ebb song.

Chita Rivera and cast in <i>The Visit</i>
Chita Rivera and cast in The Visit Photo by Thom Kaine
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