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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)


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)


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)


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)


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”

Law & order SVU Valentine's Day danny pino laura benanti

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)


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”


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

Jesse L. Martin


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


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)


Laura Linney guest starred as singer Martha Bowen in 1994.

Aaron Tveit

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


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)


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.