Emma Stone's Cabaret Debut, Plus 8 Other Famous Women on Broadway in 2014

On Wednesday night, Emma Stone made her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, now playing at Studio 54. She's achieving a lifelong dream--the Hollywood star told Vanity Fair "I've wanted to play Sally Bowles since I was 10, when I saw Natasha Richardson in Cabaret," adding, "I don't think I've ever been so truly obsessed with a character or a story."

Her dedication showed, and Stone earned a 4-star review from The Guardian, who said she especially delivered on the big numbers like "Maybe This Time," during which she achieves simultaneous vulnerability and defiance.

In addition to Natasha Richardson, Stone follows in the footsteps of Liza Minnelli, Judi Dench, Molly Ringwald, Brooke Shields, and Michelle Williams, all of whom have embodied sexy, erratic Sally over the years.

Stone is by no means the first mainstream celebrity to take her acting skills onstage. In the gallery above, we take a look at other stars who took that leap--in front of a live audience.

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Stars of the Broadway production "This is Our Youth": Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, and Kieran Culkin

Glenn Close will star in "A Delicate Balance," opening next week. 

Before Emma Stone took the stage, Michelle WIlliams played Sally Bowles in "Cabaret."

Marisa Tomei made her Broadway debut with Michael C. Hall in "The Realistic Joneses."

Leighton Meester (famous from Gossip Girl), starred opposite Chris O'Dowd in "Of Mice and Men."

Vanessa Williams backstage at "After Midnight."

Singer Carly Rae Jepsen makes her onstage debut in "Broadway's Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella."