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Happy birthday to Broadway's brightest born in the first month of the year—from an upcoming Emcee to a Queen Bee.

The holiday season has not quite drawn to a close for Broadway talents who celebrate their birthdays in January. Take a look at the list below of the incredibly talented performers, producers, writers, directors, and more who will be turning another year older this month.  

While wishing these Broadway birthdays a very happy day, check out what's written for our Capricorn and and Aquarius stars in the stars in this month's horoscopes.

Kicking off the month is Robyn Hurder, who was most recently on Broadway in A Beautiful Noise, on January 1.

Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), whose latest work Three Houses will be part of Signature Theatre's spring season, celebrates on January 4.

Our Maestro, Bradley Cooper, raises his baton to a new year on January 5.

Oscar, Tony, and Olivier winner Eddie Redmayne, soon to be seen on Broadway in Cabaret, is sure to be rolling in "Money Money" on his January 6 birthday.

Mean Girls composer Jeff Richmond doesn't have to try to make his birthday happen on January 7. 

Harriet Harris likely won't be feeling "Shy" as Cynthia Erivo whistles her a birthday tune on their shared January 8 birthday. 

Amber Ruffin is as powerful as The Wizard on her January 9 birthday.

Nothing is sure to be Reneé Rapp's fault on January 10.

January 11 is a day of "Razzle Dazzle" for Max von Essen, currently on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago

André De Shields, Tony Award-winner for Hadestown and most recently on Broadway in Death of a Salesman, blows his candles out on January 12.

We celebrate Gwen Verdon, the late triple-threat and original Roxie Hart in Chicago, on January 13.

Making his Broadway debut in spring's Water for Elephants is our January 14 birthday, Grant Gustin (Glee, The Flash). 

All the Laker Girls will cheer for Jimmy Smagula (Billy Elliot: The Musical) on his January 15 birthday. 

Ethel Merman (Gypsy's original Rose and Annie Get Your Gun's first Annie Oakley) shares her birthday with on Lin-Manuel Miranda (the Pulitzer Prize recipient, creator and original star of Broadway's Hamilton) on January 16.

James Earl Jones—whose unmistakeable voice filled Broadway stages in The Iceman ComethOthello, and The Gin Game (as well as on-screen in Star Wars and The Lion King)—on January 17.

Tony Award-winning director Thomas Kail (Hamilton, In the Heights) will likely celebrate his January 20 birthday "By the Sea."

Chita Rivera—revered for originating Anita in West Side Story and Velma Kelly in Chicago—kicks up on January 23.

Ariana DeBose—Tony Award-winner as Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and Oscar winner for playing Anita in the 2021 remake of West Side Story— is joined by Broadway-bound Grammy-winner Alicia Keys for a January 25 birthday.

Celia Keenan-Bolger, joining Jessica Lange in Mother Play on Broadway this spring, and Tony Award winner Michael R. Jackson (A Strange LoopWhite Girl in Danger), soon to be taking a bite out of Playwrights Horizons spring season, were both born on January 26.

Alan Cumming—Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret and Threepenny Opera's Macheath—adds another candle to his cake on January 27.

As January draws to a close, we have another set of birthday twins with performer Norbert Leo Butz (My Fair LadyCatch Me If You Can, and Wicked) and prolific director-producer Harold Prince (West Side StoryFiddler on the Roof, and Sweeney Todd) sharing a birthday on January 30.

Our finale birthdays for the month of January are Mrs. Dolly Levi herself, Carol Channing (Hello, Dolly!), and Kate Shindle, current President of AEA, on the 31st.

January Birthdays

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