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13 Theater Stars You’ve Seen on Law & Order

July 28, 2016 by Juliana Panzera
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Shout out to Tony host James Corden for reminding us this year of the glorious Law & Order days of some of our favorite Broadway stars, including Hamilton co-stars Daveed Diggs and Leslie Odom Jr., Claire Danes, and Danny Burstein.

Inspired, we decided to dig up a few other theater people who also graced your favorite “nothing else is on, so I’ll watch this” series.

Audra McDonald

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Season 1, Episode 22 “Slaves” (2000)

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In between Tonys #3 and #4, Audra found the time to make her Law & Order debut as police psychologist Audrey Jackson.

Jane Krakowski

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Season 5, Episode 23 “Bound” (2004)

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Jane Krakowski, who recently starred in She Loves Me, portrayed Emma Spevak, a nurse who is a suspect in the deaths of three patients.

Patti LuPone

Law & Order, Season 6, Episode 22 “Homesick” (1996)

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Broadway queen Patti LuPone played defense attorney Ruth Miller on Law & Order, and later went on to play talent agent Lydia Lebasi on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2015.

Edie Falco

Law & Order, Season 8, Episode 15 “Grief” (1998)

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Stage veteran Edie Falco played the same character, attorney Sally Bell throughout her time and Law & Order, over the course of 4 separate episodes between 1993 and 1998.

Laura Benanti

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Season 13, Episode 18 “Valentine’s Day”

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Benanti played recurring character Maria Grazie, wife of detective Nick Amaro, in 9 episodes from 2011 to 2014.

Sarah Paulson

Law & Order, Season 5, Episode 4 “Family Values” (1994)

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Sarah Paulson played teenager Maggie Conner in this episode of Law & Order, and went on to play heiress Anne Gillette on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2010.

Andy Karl

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Season 17, Episode 23 “Heartfelt Passages”

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Andy Karl played the beloved Sgt. Mike Dodds throughout Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 17.

Jesse L. Martin

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Original Rent cast member Jesse L. Martin has played the recurring Detective Edward “Ed” Green since Law & Order: Special Victims Unit‘s first season.

Raúl Esparza

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Esparza has been a series regular on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since season 15, after being bumped up from a recurring character in season 14. He plays Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba.

Laura Linney

Law & Order, Season – Episode – “Blue Bamboo” (1994)

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Laura Linney guest starred as singer Martha Bowen in 1994.

Aaron Tveit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Season 11, Episode 20 “Beef” (2010)

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Tveit played devout vegan Jan Eyck in this 2010 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and returned to the show in 2011 to play basketball star Stevie Harris.

Anthony Rapp

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Season 5, Episode 23 “Bound” (2004)

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Rent star Anthony Rapp played nursing home owner Dr. Matt Spevak (opposite Jane Krakowski as his sister) in 2004, and returned to SVU to play Nathan Forrester in 2012.