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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.