There were 39 TV season premieres this week, seven of them series premieres. A surprising number of these TV shows featured performers who established or embellished their reputations on Broadway.
Broadway stars on new TV series:
Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon), Ellen Barken (The Normal Heart), Justin Bartha (Lend Me A Tenor) in The New Normal
Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon) in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Sutton Foster (Anything Goes, etc.) in Bunheads
Laura Benanti (Gypsy, etc.) and Julie White (The Understudy) in Go On
Michael Urie (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Angels in America) in Partners
Justin Kirk (Other Desert Cities, Love Valour Compassion) in Animal Practice
Donna Murphy (Into the Woods, etc.) in Made in New Jersey
Vanessa Williams (Sondheim on Sondheim, Into the Woods) in 666 Park Avenue
Mamie Gummer (Les Liasons Dangereuses, The School for Lies) and Necar Zadegan (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) in Emily Owens M.D.
The Newsroom, the HBO series that just finished its first season, hired a slew of theater veterans, Alison Pill (The House of Blue Leaves, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), John Gallagher Jr. (Spring Awakening, American Idiot), Thomas Sadoski (Reasons to be Pretty, Other Desert Cities), Jeff Daniels (God of Carnage, Fifth of July, plust 3 more) Sam Waterston (Hamlet plus 12 more)
Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) will be joining the cast of Smash; Bobby Cannavale (Te MF With The Hat,etc.) has joined Boardwalk Empire
So the question I posed: Which of Broadway veterans turned TV stars will never come back?
Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown (@MrJasonRBrown): I miss Sara Ramirez onstage just about every time I see a show
(Ramirez was in Spamalot, is now in Grey’s Anatomy)
Natalie Chernicoff (@n2natalie): I am fairly certain we’re never getting Sara Ramirez back.
Melissa Erin (@MelCrawMeow) I hope I’m wrong, because he is such a talented singer, but I’d bet Andrew Rannells is lost to TV movies
Paula Bernstein (@paulabernstein) What about Sarah Jessica Parker?
Jonathan Mandell (@NewYorkTheater) Sarah Jessica Parker debuted on Broadway at age 11. Left Broadway age 32 – 16 years ago. Classic Lost to Television.