star as

star as someone or something

[for someone] to be a featured performer, representing a particular person, or play in a particular role. Judy starred as Evita in the broadway production of the same name. Mary starred as an aging countess.
See also: star
References in classic literature ?
If he be seeking his own star as he methodically turns and turns upon the leads, it should be but a pale one to be so rustily represented below.
Often as I coom to myseln, and found it shinin' on me down there in my trouble, I thowt it were the star as guided to Our Saviour's home.
Although the outbursts have made Eta Carinae a striking spectacle, astronomers have long regarded the star as a freak of nature.
Grundhofer remarked, "Tim, Kay and Steve are outstanding members of our management team and have been instrumental in the growth of Star as an organization.
However, the body appears to lie more than three times as far from its star as Pluto, our solar system's outermost planet, lies from the sun.
Theory predicts that a star as massive and as old as P Cygni should have cooled half as slowly - and thus brightened somewhat less - over the past 300 years, de Groot notes.
Even a star as familiar as Polaris -- the Pole Star -- can produce surprises.
The idea is to watch the infrared light of a star as the moon passes in front of it.
Latham's calculations, based on observations of 30 cycles, indicate the invisible companion circles the star every 84 days in an orbit as close to the star as Mercury's orbit is to the sun.