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Broadway Stars Lost To Television?

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:

Ellen Barkin, Andrew Rannells and Justin Batha are all Broadway veterans now starring on The New Normal

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 in Bunheads

Sutton Foster (Anything Goes, etc.) in Bunheads

Laura Benanti (in red) one of the stars of Go On

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 in Animal Practice

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 cast of The Newsroom on HBO features many Broadway veterans

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.

Sara Ramirez made a splash in Spamalot on Broadway, winning a Tony for her role as The Lady of the Lake. She hasn’t been back since cast as Dr. Callie Torres in the TV show Grey’s Anatomy

 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.

Sara Jessica Parker as Princess Winnifred in “Once Upon A Matress” on Broadway, the last role she played on Broadway since playing Carrie Bradshaw in the HBO TV series “Sex in the City”

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About New York Theater
Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

One Response to Broadway Stars Lost To Television?

  1. Pingback: New York Theater Week, September, 2012: Scarlett Johansson, Vanessa Redgrave, Sexypants Walker Return. Others Abandon Broadway For TV. « New York Theater

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