Brooke Shields, John Lithgow and Kristin Chenoweth chime in on her fall staging of All My Sons

By Paul Chi and Jeffrey Slonim
Updated June 16, 2008 11:30 AM

Nothing like the wisdom of the stars to help make Katie Holmes‘s jump from screen to stage a smooth one.

As the actress prepares for her Broadway debut this fall in the revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, veteran stage actors shared some tips at the Tony Awards Sunday night in New York City.

“She’s a pro and I’d say to be herself,” says John Lithgow, who will costar with Holmes in the family drama. “She’s going to be wonderful. I’m looking forward to working with her. We haven’t worked together yet but it’s going to be great.”

Brooke Shields, who starred in Chicago as Roxie Hart in 2005, is excited that Holmes is making the leap from screen to stage. She will be so happy about making that decision, says Shields. There is nothing like it. It’s the Olympics. It’s the college of theater.

And Tony Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth says Holmes should focus on getting a good night rest. “I would recommend her just to stay [healthy] and get a lot of good sleep and drink lots of water,” she says. “It takes so much energy to be on stage 7 days a week so she needs a good night’s sleep everyday. But I’m sure she will do just fine.”