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53 Emmy Nominees You’ve Probably Seen Onstage

September 17, 2018 by Suzy Evans
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It’s that time of year again: The 70th Emmy Awards are tonight, and television’s best and brightest stars will be there. Many of them came from the theater or at least have made a point of acting onstage over the course of their career. So before you tune into the ceremony, hosted by “Saturday Night Live” stars Colin Jost and Michael Che, check out which nominees have roots in the theater.

Darren Criss (Photographed by Nathan Johnson)

Darren Criss
Although his career launched with “Glee,” the “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” star has appeared on Broadway in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” in 2015 and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” in 2012.

Sandra Oh
The “Killing Eve” star could become the first Asian-American woman to win for leading actress in any category. She already made history as the first woman of Asian decent to be nominated in a lead acting category. She’s appeared onstage in “The Vagina Monologues” off Broadway, “Stop Kiss” and “Satellites” at The Public Theater, “Dogeaters” at La Jolla Playhouse, and “Death and the Maiden” at Victory Gardens Theater.

Ricky Martin
After livin’ the vida loca, Martin took a turn on Broadway in the 2012 revival of “Evita.” He also starred in the original production of “Les Misérables” in 1996 as Marius. Martin is nominated for his performance in “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”

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Elisabeth Moss
“The Handmaid’s Tale” star won the Emmy for her performance on the show last year. She’s appeared on Broadway in the 2015 revival of “The Heidi Chronicles” and the 2008 revival of “Speed the Plow.”

Jeffrey Wright
Before he was on “Westworld,” Jeffrey Wright was wracking up Broadway credits. He appeared in the original production of “Angels in America” in 1993, “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk” in 1996, “Topdog/Underdog” in 2002, and “A Free Man of Color” in 2010.

Tatiana Maslany (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Tatiana Maslany
The “Orphan Black” star made her Off-Broadway debut in “Mary Page Marlowe” at Second Stage this year, and she’s already on deck to make her Broadway debut in “Network” opposite Bryan Cranston next year.

Ted Danson
While “The Good Place” star hasn’t been on Broadway since the 70s, he does have two credits to his name: “Status Quo Vadis” in 1972 and “Comedians” in 1976.

Larry David
Leave it to the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator to be an over-achiever. David wrote the play “Fish in the Dark,” which premiered on Broadway in 2015, and also starred in the show.

William H. Macy
The “Shameless” star has brought his talent to two Broadway revivals: “Speed the Plow” in 2009 (with fellow nominee Elisabeth Moss) and “Our Town” in 1988.

Rachel Brosnahan (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Rachel Brosnahan
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star is the toast of Tinseltown with her performance as the 1950s housewife who takes up a career in standup comedy, but her roots are in the theater. Brosnahan starred on Broadway in the 2013 revival of “The Big Knife” and most recently in “Othello” at New York Theatre Workshop in 2016 with David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig.

Allison Janney at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Allison Janney
The “Mom” star will have eight Emmys on her shelf if she wins this year, and she’s also appeared on Broadway several times: in “Six Degrees of Separation” in 2017, “9 to 5” in 2009, “A View From the Bridge” in 1997, and “Present Laughter” in 1996.

Lily Tomlin
This living legend is nominated for her performance in “Grace and Frankie,” and she’s appeared on Broadway three times, twice in her solo show “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” in 1985 and 2000.

Antonio Banderas
The “Genius: Picasso” star danced his heart out on Broadway in “Nine” in 2003.

Benedict Cumberbatch
While the “Patrick Melrose” star hasn’t been on Broadway (yet), he has several theater credits in the UK, most recently in the title role in “Hamlet” at the Barbican Theatre.

Jeff Daniels
Daniels has been super busy. In addition to earning nominations for his performances in “The Looming Tower” and “Godless,” he’s starring on Broadway as Atticus Finch at the Shubert Theatre.

Edie Falco (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Edie Falco
The “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” star was last on Broadway in “The House With Blue Leaves” in 2011, and she’s currently starring off Broadway in “The True” at The New Group.

Sarah Paulson (Photographed by Natalie Powers)

Sarah Paulson
The “American Horror Story” star is no stranger to the stage. She starred on Broadway in the 2005 revival of “The Glass Menagerie” and “Collected Stories” in 2010. She’s also appeared in several shows off Broadway, including “Crimes of the Heart” in 2008 and “Talley’s Folly” in 2013.

Peter Dinklage
The “Game of Thrones” star has yet to make his Broadway debut, but he starred in a musical adaptation of “Cyrano” at Goodspeed this past summer. He also starred opposite Taylor Schilling in “A Month in the Country” at Classic Stage Company in 2015.

Joseph Fiennes
Although he’s living in the future on the eerily relatable and terrifying “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Fiennes past is full of plays on the West End and elsewhere in the UK. Most recently, he appeared in “Cyrano de Bergerac” in 2009 and “Ross” in 2016 at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

David Harbour
The “Stranger Things” star has been treading the Broadway boards for years, with the 2012 revival of “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “The Coast of Utopia” in 2006, and the 2005 revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” as highlights.

Mandy Patinkin
The “Homeland” star is theater royalty with far too many credits to even name. He won the Tony for the original production of “Evita” in 1980 and also starred in the original productions of “Sunday in the Park with George,” “The Wild Party,” and “The Secret Garden.”

Alexis Bledel
“The Handmaid’s Tale” Emmy nominee (and last year’s winner), made her Off-Broadway debut in “Regrets” at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2012.

Ann Dowd
“The Handmaid’s Tale” star has been on Broadway three times: in the 1993 revival of “Candida,” “Taking Sides” in 1996, and the revival of “The Seagull” in 2008.

Yvonne Strahovski
“The Handmaid’s Tale” star made a splash in her Broadway debut in the 2012 revival of “Golden Boy,” receiving a Theater World Award for her performance.

Martin Short and Alec Baldwin (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Alec Baldwin
Although he spends his Saturday nights playing the president on “Saturday Night Live,” Baldwin has a long history in the theater. He was last on Broadway in “Orphans” in 2013, and he’s also starred in the 2004 revival of “Twentieth Century” and the 1992 revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Tituss Burgess
The “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star is famous for his high soprano, and he put it to good use in “The Little Mermaid” in 2008, “Guys and Dolls” in 2009, “Jersey Boys,” and “Good Vibrations” in 2005.

Brian Tyree Henry (Photographed by Natalie Powers)

Brian Tyree Henry
The “Atlanta” star just appeared on Broadway last season in the revival of “Lobby Hero” at Second Stage and earned a Tony nomination for his performance. He made his Broadway debut in “The Book of Mormon,” singing about the maggots in his scrotum eight shows a week.

Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub in “The Band’s Visit.” (Photographed by Matthew Murphy)

Tony Shalhoub
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star earned his first Tony award this year for his performance in “The Band’s Visit,” and he’d previously been nominated for his performances in “Conversations With My Father” in 1992, “Golden Boy” in 2013 (with fellow nominee Yvonne Strahovski), and “Act One” in 2014.

Henry Winkler
The Fonz (and “Barry” star) has made a few visits to the Great White Way. He made his Broadway debut in “42 Seconds From Broadway” in 1973, “The Dinner Party” in 2000, and “The Performers” in 2012.

Betty Gilpin
The “Glow” star was a certifiable Off-Broadway phenomenon before television took her away. She most recently starred in “I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard” at Atlantic Theater Company in 2015.

Laurie Metcalf (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Laurie Metcalf
Although she was on “Roseanne” several years ago (and again this year), Metcalf is a certified theater legend. She’s won a Tony Award the past two years (one for “A Doll’s House, Part 2” and the other for “Three Tall Women”), and she’s an ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.

Megan Mullally
She’s iconic as Karen on “Will & Grace,” but she began her Broadway career in 1994 in the revival of “Grease.” She went on to do the 1995 revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Young Frankenstein” in 2007, and “It’s Only a Play” in 2014. She’s also met her husband Nick Offerman when they acted in “The Berlin Circle” in LA in 2000, and they paired up again onstage in 2013 for “Annapurna” off Broadway.

Brandon Victor Dixon (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Brandon Victor Dixon
He wowed as Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert,” like he’s also done onstage in “Hamilton,” “Shuffle Along,” “Motown: The Musical,” and “The Color Purple.”

John Leguizamo
The “Waco” star earned a special Tony Award last year for “Latin History for Morons,” which he starred in and wrote. He also has five other Broadway credits to his name, including “Ghetto Klown,” “Freak,” and “Sexaholix,” all of he which he also wrote.

Michael Stuhlbarg
“The Looming Tower” nominee last appeared on Broadway in “The Pillowman” in 2005, but before that, he returned to Broadway every few years in shows like “Timon of Athens,” “The Government Inspector,” and “Cabaret.”

Finn Wittrock
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” started his career in the theater, and his Broadway credits are the 2017 revival of “The Glass Menagerie” and the 2012 revival of “Death of a Salesman.”

Sara Bareilles (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Sara Bareilles
Her music has been playing eight times a week for two years with “Waitress” and the past season in “SpongeBob SquarePants.” We’ve also seen her onstage in “Waitress” on Broadway and  “Jesus Christ Superstar – Live in Concert.”

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Lin-Manuel Miranda
This one is almost too obvious, but in case you’ve been living under a rock, the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” guest star wrote and starred in the Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton” and also got his start on the Great White Way doing the same thing with “In the Heights” in 2008.

Judith Light
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” star is also theater royalty. She was last on Broadway in “Thérèse Raquin” in 2015, and she’s also starred in “The Assembled Parties” in 2013, “Other Desert Cities” in 2011, “Lombardi” in 2010, and more.

Merritt Wever
The “Godless” star last appeared off Broadway in “The Nether” in 2011.

Bryan Cranston
Nominated for his guest-starring arc on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Cranston won the Tony for his performance in “All the Way” in 2014 and he’ll also appear on Broadway later this season in “Network.”

Tina Fey (Photographed by Natalie Powers)

Tina Fey
This entertainment force of nature, who is nominated for hosting “Saturday Night Live,” has never actually performed on Broadway, but her musical adaptation of “Mean Girls” earned 12 Tony nominations and is blowing up on Broadway.

Jane Lynch
Nominated for her guest arc on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Lynch was in the 2012 revival of “Annie” and also off Broadway in “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.”

Molly Shannon
Shannon earned a nom for her performance on “Will & Grace,” but she also starred on Broadway in the  2010 revival of “Promises, Promises.”

F. Murray Abraham
The living theater legend and “Homeland” star has too many credits to list. His most recent stints on Broadway include “It’s Only a Play” in 2014 and “Mauritius” in in 2007.

Ron Cephas Jones
The heartbreaking “This Is Us” star frequented the theater before making us cry every week. He starred in “Of Mice and Men” in 2014 and “The Motherf**ker With the Hat” in 2011. Fun fact: His daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones was in the original cast of “Hamilton.”

Gerald McRaney
The “This Is Us” guest star made his Broadway debut in “Dividing the Estate” in 2008.

Jimmi Simpson
The “Westworld” guest star has appeared on Broadway once: in “The Farnsworth Invention” in 2007.

Viola Davis
This certified entertainment icon is nominated for her guest-starring arc on “Scandal,” and her most recent Broadway credit is “Fences,” which earned her a Tony Award and an Oscar for the film adaptation.

Cherry Jones
Nominated for guest-starring on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Jones is appearing on Broadway this season in “The Lifespan of a Fact.” She’s also had a storied career onstage with credits ranging from “Doubt” to “The Glass Menagerie.”

Diana Rigg (Photographed by Jenny Anderson)

Diana Rigg
The “Game of Thrones” star earned a Tony nomination last season for her performance in the revival of “My Fair Lady,” and her past credits include “The Misanthrope” and “Medea.”

Cicely Tyson
The “How to Get Away With Murder” guest star earned a Tony Award for her performance in “The Trip to Bountiful” in 2013 and has eight other Broadway credits to her name, including most recently “The Gin Game” with James Earl Jones.

Stephen Colbert
Although “The Late Show” host has never been on Broadway, he did star in the New York Philharmonic production of “Company” in 2011.