Jesse Williams announced he is making his Broadway debut in a revival of Take Me Out at the beginning of 2022. After he left Grey’s Anatomy the actor said his next role will be on stage, playing the lead role of Darren Lemming. The character is a famous baseball player who faces prejudice from his teammates and friends when he reveals he is gay.

This week, in an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, he revealed the part includes full-frontal nudity.

“The character does call for a little bit of nudity, so what I will say about that is it’s terrifying in all the right ways,” he said. “I’m looking to be challenged in new ways. To be scared and excited, to be pushed. One of the beautiful things about the job that I’ve had for so long is the comfort it creates. So, I’m excited to do something new.”


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Williams was three weeks into rehearsal last year when productions paused due to COVID-19.

“So we had to abandon ship there,” he said. Williams also mentioned that they were “incredibly lucky” to return and “get another shot at this thing.”

The grand opening for Take Me Out is expected to be in Spring 2022 at the Helen Hayes Theater.

Williams’ final appearance on Grey’s Anatomy took place on May 12. He played the role of a plastic surgeon named Dr. Jackson Avery. When he announced his departure, Williams said he “will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities,” the show gave him.

“As an actor, director and person, I have been obscenely lucky to learn so much from so many and I thank our beautiful fans, who breathe so much energy and appreciation into our shared worlds,” Williams said. “The experience and endurance born of creating nearly 300 hours of leading global television is a gift I’ll carry always. I am immensely proud of our work, our impact and to be moving forward with so many tools, opportunities, allies and dear friends.”

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