PLAYBILL PICKS: Breakout Performances of the 2013-14 Broadway Season

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26 Apr 2014

Zachary Levi
Zachary Levi
Photo by Joan Marcus

The 2013-14 Broadway season has come to a close, and the 68th annual Tony Awards are on the horizon. Before Tony nominations are announced April 29, the staff at took a look back at the season and chose a handful of Broadway breakout performances.

From Broadway newcomers to familiar faces in monumental moments, here are performers who stole the spotlight this season.


"Chuck" star Zachary Levi earned critical acclaim when making his Broadway debut in the new musical comedy First Date. Co-starring with "Smash" and The Addams Family star Krysta Rodriguez, Levi played Aaron, a man recovering from recent heartbreak set up on a blind date with Casey (Rodriguez), a hip and artsy New Yorker with her defenses up. "Aaron's a good man with a good heart," Levi told "He's been wounded in life and is just trying to make it. He has a specific character arc and grows a pair at the end." Levi, who had shown off his singing skills in the movie "Tangled," charmed audiences in the musical story of opposites attracting with his endearing awkwardness and strong voice.


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