Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs was part of the original Broadway cast of the musical "Rent."

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” will be released in movie theaters on Friday, Dec. 13. The Peter Jackson-directed project is the second installment in “The Hobbit” film trilogy. Among the feature’s stars are Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Orlando Bloom. Bloom, who plays Legolas, made his Broadway debut in “Romeo and Juliet” earlier this fall. With that in mind, here are five celebrities who got their career start on Broadway:

Lea Michele

This “Glee” star made her debut on Broadway in 1995 as Young Cosette in “Les Misérables.”

John C. McGinley

Before his film career launched, McGinley worked in both Off Broadway and Broadway productions.

Anna Kendrick

A 12-year-old Kendrick received a Tony nomination for her role in the Broadway musical “High Society.”

Taye Diggs

Diggs was an original Broadway cast member for “Rent,” which won the Tony for best musical in 1996.

Kristen Bell

Bell’s Broadway projects include “The Crucible” revival and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

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