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Actors You Didn't Know Were Broadway Legends, You Uncultured Swine

By Courtney Enlow | Seriously Random Lists | September 21, 2016 |


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Recently, I was reading an article about Bloodline, specifically actor Norbert Leo Butz, who plays Kevin Rayburn. The article said something to the effect of “fans might not realize Butz is a huge Broadway star.”

This shocked me. HOW. How is this possible?

And then I realized that some of you might actually not know of the musical work of many actors, because you’re some common-ass trash ignorants not everyone enjoys musical theater. So, I thought I’d help you out you swine.

Norbert Leo Butz

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Non-theater types only know him from: Bloodline, Mercy Street
The rest of us know him from: The Last Five Years, Wicked

Jane Krakowski

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Non-theater types only know her from: 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Ally McBeal
The rest of us know her from: Grand Hotel, Nine, She Loves Me

Andrew Rannells

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Non-theater types only know him from: Girls, The New Normal
The rest of us know him from: The Book of Mormon, Hamilton, Jersey Boys

Victor Garber

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Non-theater types only know him from: Alias, Titanic, The Flash
The rest of us know him from: Sweeney Todd, Godspell, Lend Me a Tenor

Lea Michele

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Non-theater types only know her from: Glee (though I suppose you’re probably kind of a theater type if you watched that), Scream Queens, being fairly irritating
The rest of us know her from: Les Mis, Ragtime, Spring Awakening, being fairly irritating but also being best friends with Jonathan Groff, so I guess she’s OK

Jerry Orbach and Jesse L. Martin

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Non-theater types only know them from: Law and Order, Jerry from Dirty Dancing, Jesse from The Flash
The rest of us know Jerry from: Chicago, 42nd Street, The Fantasticks

The rest of us know Jesse from: Rent

Josh Gad

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Non-theater types only know him from: Frozen, The Comedians, 1600 Penn, New Girl, terrible movies
The rest of us know him from: Book of Mormon

Sutton Foster

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Non-theater types only know her from: Younger, Bunheads
The rest of us know her from: Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Drowsy Chaperone Anything Goes

Taye Diggs

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Non-theater types only know him from: How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Best Man, Private Practice
The rest of us know him from: being the actual hero of Rent, Wicked, Chicago, Hedwig, The Wild Party


*sniff* love is still dead.

Brian Stokes Mitchell

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Non-theater types only know him from: When you see the unsettling CTO on Mr. Robot, know he’s actually the most skin-meltingly amazing singer.
The rest of us know him from: Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate, Shuffle Along

Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth

Look, if you know who they are but don’t know that they’re Broadway legends, I don’t know what to do for you.

Or if you only know Anthony Rapp from Dazed and Confused.

Same with Jonathan Groff.

And very especially Audra McDonald. But I’m not here to NOT post videos of amazingness given the excuse.


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