Watch All Your Favorite Theater Stars on TV
Just because we can’t go to the theater doesn’t mean we can’t spend the night getting entertained by Patti LuPone, Andrew Rannells, Bernadette Peters, and more.
Lucky for all of us — so many beloved Broadway and West End actors are also stars of TV shows you know and love (and ones you’ve yet to know and love). Take a look at all of the silver screen shows that star your fave thespians, and get ready for a new binge!
Beyond melting hearts with his insane vocals on Broadway for years — from “Catch Me If You Can” to “Moulin Rouge!” — Aaron Tveit has become quite the TV star. Watch him in “Graceland” and “BrainDead” (Tony Shalhoub and Nikki M. James also star!).
Watch BrainDead in the U.K. on Amazon Prime.
Watch BrainDead in the U.S. on Amazon Prime.
Watch Graceland in the U.K. on Amazon Prime.
Watch Graceland in the U.S. on Hulu.
Aimee Lou Wood
Starring alongside Richard Armitage in “Uncle Vanya” on the West End, Aimee Lou Wood wins peoples hearts as the lovable Amy in “Sex Education,” which just happens to be the most delightful and bingeable show.
Watch Sex Education in the U.K. and U.S. on Netflix.
There’s not much more to say about Audra McDonald, other than the fact that she’s Audra McDonald and we are not worthy of her talent. While casually winning six Tony Awards throughout her career, she’s somehow found the time to grace TV screens across the world. Watch the Broadway Queen in “The Good Fight” and “Private Practice.”
Watch The Good Fight in the U.K. on Amazon Prime.
Watch The Good Fight in the U.S. with a CBS subscription.
Watch Private Practice in the U.S. on Netflix.
Our favorite (fake) missionary from “The Book of Mormon” also happens to be a staple on the silver screen. Catch him as the hilariously honest Elijah in “Girls” and alongside Don Cheadle in “Black Monday.”
Watch Girls in the U.K. on Now TV.
Watch Girls in the U.S. on HBO.
Watch Black Monday in the U.K. on Now TV.
Watch Black Monday in the U.S. with a Showtime subscription.
We could all use a bit more Bernadette Peters in our lives, right? What better way to cheer yourself up at home than by watching the age-defying, two-time Tony-winning superstar in “Mozart in the Jungle”? That’s right — there’s no better way.
Watch Mozart in the Jungle on Amazon Prime in the U.K.
Watch Mozart in the Jungle on Amazon Prime in the U.S.
In recent years, the Tony Award winner for “Kinky Boots” has become the winner of every red carpet he’s ever stepped foot on. Those award show looks are in large thanks to his standing-ovation worthy performances in “Pose” and “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.”
Watch Pose in the U.K. on Netflix..
Watch Pose in the U.S. and on Netflix.
Watch American Horror Story: Apocalypse in the U.K. on Netflix.
Watch American Horror Story: Apocalypse in the U.S. on Netflix.
Breaking away from his extensive theatre career, Cedric Neal auditioned for The Voice UK in 2019, singing Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.” Trying to impress the judges with just his voice, Neal was successful, with all four judges turning and wanting Neal to join their team. Neal eventually chose Sir Tom Jones as his mentor, reaching the semi final. Neal’s West End career includes Berry Gordy in the original London cast of Motown The Musical, as well as Songs for a New World at the Vaudeville Theatre and A Christmas Carol at the Dominion Theatre.
Watch Cedric Neal on The Voice UK on YouTube.
It seems like there isn’t anything Cynthia Erivo is not in these days and we’re so thankful for it. Whether it’s on Broadway winning a Tony for “The Color Purple” or in Stephen King thriller “The Outsider,” she just makes everything better. Simple as that.
Watch The Outsider in the U.K. on Sky.
Watch The Outsider in the U.S. on Hulu.
From “Glee” to “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway to “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” the talent that exudes from seemingly every bone in Darren Criss’s body has had everyone talking for years. He even won an Emmy for his performance as Andrew Cunanan in 2018.
Watch The Assassination of Gianni Versace in the U.K. in Netflix.
Watch The Assassination of Gianni Versace in the U.S. on Netflix.
Widely known for her outstanding role in “Game of Thrones” (we won’t mention season eight though), Emilia Clarke makes her West End debut in Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” Watch her in “Terminator Genysis” and “Game of Thrones.”
Watch Game of Thrones in the U.K. on Now TV.
Watch Game of Thrones in the U.S. on HBO.
Watch Terminator Genysis in the U.K. on Netflix.
What hasn’t Jake Gyllanhaal done? A regular in movies , with his West End debut in “Sunday in the Park with George” coming up and “Sea Wall / A Life” on Broadway, catch this talented actor in “Prisoners” and “Nightcrawler” and a *very different* show listed a bit further down.
Watch Prisoners in the U.K. on Netflix
Watch Prisoners in the U.S. on Netflix.
Watch Nightcrawler in the U.K. on Netflix.
Watch Nightcrawler in the U.S. on Netflix.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
For so many of us, Jesse Tyler Ferguson has been a fixture in our Modern Family (alongside guest appearances from Nathan Lane, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more!) homes for years. Before landing that role, he was in the original Broadway cast of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and the sole star of “Fully Committed.” He’s also slated to lead Second Stage’s upcoming production of “Take Me Out.”
Watch Modern Family in the U.K. on Amazon Prime.
Watch Modern Family in the U.S. on Hulu.
Before Steele’s West End run in Heathers The Musical, she competed in BBC reality television series “All Together Now.” Taking part in 2018, Steele initially wowed the 100-person crowd by singing Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, topping the entrants. In the final, she then sang “River Deep, Mountain High” by Ike and Tina Turner, ending up in fourth place overall. Since taking part, Steele’s theatre career has grown exponentially, starring in UK tours of Rock of Ages and Six.
Watch Jodie Steele sing on “All Together Now” on YouTube.
How can you not love Jonathan Groff? He’s had us weeping in the original cast of “Spring Awakening” on Broadway, laughing (in fear?) in the newest off-Broadway production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” freaked out in the best way as the star of “Mindhunter,” and ready for more in “Looking.”
Watch Mindhunter in the U.K. and U.S. on Netflix.
Watch Looking in the U.S. on HBO. (You can purchase it in the U.K. on Amazon Prime.)
Defying gravity and defying televisual expectations is no mean feat. But that’s exactly what Kerry Ellis set out to do when auditioning “The Voice UK” in 2012. Branching away from musical theatre, she sung Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man”, but sadly did not make it through as a judge’s choice. Fortunately, her shortlived competition hasn’t halted her theatre career, recently starring in “Cats” at the London Palladium and “Murder Ballad” at the Arts Theatre.
Watch Kerry Ellis on The Voice UK on YouTube.
Auditioning for “The Voice UK” in 2021, Lauren Drew wowed the judges with her rendition of Jessie J’s “Mamma Knows Best.” With her perfect riffs and own take on the song, all four judges turned around, with Drew selecting AnneMarie as her mentor. Drew’s London theatre credits include Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse and Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre. We can’t wait to see how far Drew gets in the competition.
Watch Lauren Drew on The Voice UK on YouTube.
Laurie Metcalf is basically always on Broadway and we wouldn’t want it any other way. From the unfortunately short-lived “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” revival to last season’s “Three Tall Women” to the season before that’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2” — her talents are a gift that keep on giving. The best part is you don’t even need a theater to get your Metcalf fix. Keep yourself entertained and watch her in “Roseanne” and “The Conners.”
Watch Roseanne in the U.S. on Crackle.
Watch The Conners in the U.S. on Hulu.
With all that he gets done, it’s hard to believe that Lin-Manuel Miranda has as many hours in the day as we all do. After writing “Hamilton” and “In the Heights” but before directing the “Tick, Tick… Boom!” movie adaptation and working on the “In the Heights” film (and a million other things), Miranda starred in the super bingeable “His Dark Materials.”
Watch His Dark Materials in the U.K. on BBC iPlayer.
Watch His Dark Materials in the U.S. on HBO.
Last season’s “The Sound Inside” was one of the most thrilling and mind-consuming theatrical experiences we’ve had in a long time — and it was all in thanks to Mary-Louise Parker’s talent. Thank goodness she’s not taking a Broadway break and will be back onstage in “How I Learned to Drive” soon. In the meantime, watch her beloved performance in “Weeds.”
Watch Weeds in the U.K. on Amazon Prime.
Watch Weeds in the U.S. on Netflix.
Best known as the title prince in Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre, Croke auditioned for “The Voice UK” in 2021. Staying true to his theatre background, Croke sung “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge, with Olly Murs wanting Croke to join his team. Before Aladdin, Croke starred in the West End revival of Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre, but we’re sure his career will grow after this television stint.
Watch Matt Croke on The Voice UK on YouTube.
While she’s scheduled to headline “The Corn is Green” at the National Theatre in London, Nicola Walker is no stranger to TV. You can catch her in the law-themed “The Split” and “Unforgotten” on Netflix.
Watch The Split in the U.K. on BBC iPlayer.
Watch Unforgotten in the U.K. on Netflix.
We don’t mean to be dramatic, but Patti LuPone’s Twitter account is literally our favorite TV show at the moment. And until she’s back on Broadway leaving us speechless in sparkles in “Company,” we also love watching the Broadway diva (this is the highest of compliments) in “American Horror Story: Coven” and “Penny Dreadful.”
Watch American Horror Story: Coven in the U.K. and U.S. on Netflix.
Watch Penny Dreadful in the U.K. on Now TV.
Watch Penny Dreadful in the U.S. on Netflix.
Last seen in the hit critically acclaimed play “Uncle Vanya” on the West End, Richard Armitage takes stars in Netflix’s thrilling crime series ‘The Stranger.”
Watch The Stranger in the U.K. and U.S. on Netflix.
Sarah Jessica Parker
It couldn’t be a Broadway-meets-TV compilation without Carrie Bradshaw, now could it? Sarah Jessica Parker made her Broadway debut at 11 and we’ll soon be seeing her alongside Matthew Broderick in the highly anticipated “Plaza Suite” revival. But while you’re hanging at home for a bit, why not (re)watch “Sex and the City” and her more recent show “Divorce”?
Watch Sex and the City in the U.K. on Now TV.
Watch Sex and the City in the U.S. on HBO.
Watch Divorce in the U.K. on Amazon Prime.
Watch Divorce in the U.S. on HBO.
We could watch Sutton Foster — onstage or on TV — all day long. The ultimate leading lady has left us breathless in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Anything Goes,” and we just love to watch her on screen in “Bunheads” and “Younger” while eagerly anticipating her performance in the upcoming Broadway revival of “The Music Man.”
Watch Younger in the U.K. on Now TV.
Watch Younger in the U.S. on Hulu.
Watch Bunheads in the U.S. on Freeform.
No matter the medium, it’s always a good day when Tony Shalhoub’s in the mix. Right now is the perfect time to press play and watch “The Band’s Visit” star in “Monk” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Watch Monk in the U.K. on Amazon Prime.
Watch Monk in the U.S. on Amazon Prime.
Watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in the U.K. on Amazon Prime.
Watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in the U.S. on Amazon Prime.
An Encore: Shows That Have a lot of Theater People in Them
Bridgerton on Netflix (U.S and U.K)
Shonda Rhimes’ Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey masterpiece might as well be called “See your favorite theatre stars on television.” There’s a ton of thespians involved in this Netflix eight-part series, including Ben Miller, Jonathan Bailey and Julie Andrews herself.
Glee on Netflix (U.S. and UK)
Theater folks you’ll see on screen: Alex Newell, Amber Riley, Darren Criss, Idina Menzel, Jenna Ushkowitz, Jonathan Groff, Laura Dreyfuss, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Melissa Benoist, and quite literally dozens more.
The Good Wife on Hulu (U.S.) and Amazon Prime (UK)
Theater folks you’ll see on screen: Alan Cumming, Christine Baranski, David Hyde Pierce, John Benjamin Hickey, Karen Olivo, Katrina Lenk, Matthew Morrison, Michael Urie, Nathan Lane, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sarah Steele, Steven Pasquale, and more.
John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch on Netflix (U.S. and UK)
Theater folks you’ll see on screen: Annaleigh Ashford, André De Shields, David Byrne, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mulaney, Richard Kind, and Shereen Pimentel. Plus — nearly every kid in the Sack Lunch Bunch has been or is currently on Broadway.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime (U.S. and UK)
Theater folks you’ll see on screen: Brandon Uranowitz, Christopher Fitzgerald, Laura Dreyfuss, Michael Arden, Michael Zegen, Rachel Brosnahan, Tony Shalhoub, Zachary Levi, and more.
The Politician on Netflix (U.S. and UK)
A perfect trio of theater talent: Ben Platt, Jessica Lange, and Laura Dreyfuss. Plus — the show was created by “Glee” mastermind Ryan Murphy and team.
Smash on NBC (U.S.) and to purchase on Amazon Prime (U.K.)
Theater folks you’ll see on screen: Andy Mientus, Bernadette Peters, Brian d’Arcy James, Christian Borle, Debra Messing, Jeremy Jordan, Katharine McPhee, Krysta Rodriguez, Leslie Odom Jr., Megan Hilty, and Wesley Taylor. It would probably be easier just to say what theater people didn’t make an appearance on “Smash.”