We hear a lot about the hot, beautiful people of Hollywood. We see their faces splashed on the pages of gossip magazines, we flock to the big screen to see their movies, we tune in every week to see them on our favorite TV shows. But what if I told you there was a whole other world of attractive men hiding in plain sight? Allow me to introduce you to the hottest guys on Broadway. They‚Äôve been here all along, starring in Broadway plays and musicals, singing their heart out in YouTube videos, strutting on the red carpet at the Tony Awards, and occasionally appearing in films and TV shows. Take a peek at some of the hot guys you can see performing live eight shows a week on Broadway, or on stages across the country.
1. AARON TVEIT
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Look familiar? You‚Äôll probably recognize him as Enjolras from the¬†Les Mis√©rables¬†movie. You know, the guy who wasn’t pining over Cosette (aka Amanda Seyfried) but actually doing something about the revolution. But way before he hit the streets of Paris on the big screen, he was breaking hearts on Broadway. He is (unsurprisingly) the go-to male for playing a handsome lead on Broadway. He originated the role of Gabe in the feel-everything musical Next to Normal. You can get your weekly fix of him on the police drama series¬†Graceland. He‚Äôs also appeared among the beautiful people on¬†Gossip Girl¬†annnnddd there¬†are talks of him playing Dimitri in a Broadway-bound¬†Anastasia¬†musical.
Notable theater credits:¬† Frank Abagnale Jr. in¬†Catch Me If You Can,¬†Gabe in¬†Next to Normal,¬†Fiyero in¬†Wicked,¬†Link Larkin in¬†Hairspray
2. SANTINO FONTANA
Imagine the cute, funny boy-next-door, but on Broadway. That’s Santino Fontana. His breakout performance was playing the romantic lead in¬†The Fantasticks, a musical that is basically Romeo and Juliet, but better and no one dies. Did I mention it‚Äôs also the longest running musical in the world? Yep, it has a Guinness world record and everything.¬†He was recently on Broadway in The Importance of Being Earnest, in which he delivered one witty epigram after another and got to dress like a total goofball. He has also played Hamlet, which means he can be soulful and brooding. You can see him right now in Cinderella (the¬†Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, not the Disney musical) as Prince Topher, the swoonworthy but goofy and adorable prince charming to Laura Osnes‚Äô Cinderella.¬†Plus, their banter on Twitter is pretty damn cute.
‚ÄĒ Laura Osnes (@LauraOsnes) May 11, 2013
You can catch him soon in Disney‚Äôs Frozen, an adaptation of “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Anderson. He also stars in Submissions Only, an addicting web series about the Broadway audition process. Binge watch it all here on YouTube; season three is coming soon.
Notable theater credits: Prince Topher in¬†Rodgers + Hammerstein‚Äôs Cinderella,¬†Algernon in¬†The Importance of Being Earnest, Tony in¬†Billy Elliot, Matt in¬†The Fantasticks
3. MAX VON ESSEN
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Max von Essen is just overwhelmingly sexy. He got his big break when he replaced Ricky Martin as Che in the recent revival of Evita. And he is way more attractive then Ricky Martin anyway, so that was fine by me. He‚Äôs also played both Marius and Enjolras in Les Mis√©rables, effectively eliminating the struggle of having to choose between them. In other words, he can flip from being the good guy to the bad boy in two seconds. Talk about versatile. Like Santino Fontana, you can also see him in “Submissions Only.” ¬†Another fun fact: he’s responsible for the trend of taking Saturday intermission pic. He did with his friend and fellow actor Andrew Keenan-Bolger, the trend exploded and every Broadway show does it now. You can follow them via the #SIP hashtag on Twitter.
Notable theater credits:¬†Che in¬†Evita,¬†Marius and Enjolras in¬†Les Mis√©rables
He‚Äôs your standard blonde-haired, blue-eyed golden boy. No wonder he got his start on the soap opera As The World Turns. He landed on the Broadway scene when he starred in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the new Chekhov-themed comedy from Christopher Durang. He played Spike, the manic, immature, bro-ish boy-toy of Sigourney Weaver (Masha).¬†He‚Äôll be starring in the¬†Into the Woods¬†movie as Rapunzel‚Äôs prince. It seems like he can actually sing, though. Can‚Äôt get enough? Look up his bands The Dash and Reserved for Rondee.¬†Can’t get enough right now?¬†Here‚Äôs a clip of him prancing around in his underwear in the commercial narrated by the honey badger guy.
Notable theater credits:¬†Spike in¬†Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
5. ISAIAH JOHNSON
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This hottie was recently in¬†Far From Heaven the musical as the love interest for Kelly O’Hara’s pro-integration ’50s housewife. Did I mention he has Shakespeare chops ‚ÄĒ and that he was also in the recent Al Pacino-helmed Broadway revival of¬†The Merchant of Venice. Oh and I would be wrong not to mention that he was in the original cast of Peter and the Starcatcher.
Notable theater credits:¬†Raymond in¬†Far From Heaven, Captain Scott in Peter and the Starcatcher,¬†Prince of Morocco in¬†The Merchant of Venice,
6. JEREMY JORDAN
Another classic leading man with a killer smile. You’ve probably seen him on¬†Smash –¬†but before he was singing on TV, he was singing on Broadway. He famously led a cast of attractive-men-who-in-no-way-looked-like-they-were-twelve-years-old for Newsies (sidenote: if you want to look at a bunch of attractive dancing men, google the Newsies cast). He’ll be starring opposite Anna Kendrick in The Last Five Years movie.
Notable theater credits:¬†Jack Kelly in¬†Newsies,¬†Clyde in¬†Bonnie and Clyde, Tony in¬†West Side Story
7. ARTHUR DARVILL
This Dr. Who stud surprised his entire fanbase by taking over the lead role in Once¬†on Broadway. He may be a Broadway newcomer, but apparently he‚Äôs been a lifelong musician ‚ÄĒ when he was a teenager, he formed a band called Edmund, named after his favorite character in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (he‚Äôs a geek too!). And what’s more alluring than a Brit with a guitar slung on his shoulder pouring his heart out into acoustic songs? You can seem him in¬†Once right now, so what are you waiting for?
Notable theater credits: Guy in¬†Once
8. ADAM CHANLER-BERAT
You can see Adam Chanler-Berat as the standard good guy in every Broadway show. He¬†originated the role of Peter Pan in the prequel Peter and the Starcatcher, lookin’ fine in some¬†distressed desert island hipster clothes. He was also in Next to Normal as lovable stoner Henry and in Rent¬†as the cute, but dweeby Mark.
Notable theater credits:¬†Boy in¬†Peter and the Starcatcher,¬†Mark in¬†Rent, Henry in¬†Next to Normal
9. JONATHAN GROFF
How can you not be attracted to Jonathan Groff? He’s just so charming. Before he was Jesse St. James on Glee, he was starring as the resident heartthrob Melchior in Spring Awakening. That‚Äôs how he became besties with Lea Michele.¬†His next rock musical was Hair, in which he played Claude in the Shakespeare in the Park tryout of the recent revival. He‚Äôs also on his way to becoming everyone‚Äôs new Disney crush: he‚Äôll be lending his voice to a dashing mountain man in Frozen. Need more Groof? Duh.You’ll be happy to know that he’s taking the indie film by storm in the much-anticipated movie C.O.G., adapted from the David Sedaris story.
Notable theater credits:¬†Melchior in¬†Spring Awakening,¬†Claude in¬†Hair
10. COLIN DONNELL
He has classic good looks, and a classic voice to match. He recently starred in the revival of the Cole Porter classic,¬†Anything Goes, opposite Sutton Foster. Now he‚Äôs doing something completely different and leading the cast of the modern Shakespearean rock musical Love‚Äôs Labour‚Äôs Lost at Shakespeare in the Park. His millennial angst and bravado steals the show. You can listen to¬†listen to demo recordings of¬†Love’s Labour’s Lost¬†here
Notable theater credits:¬†Berowne in¬†Love‚Äôs Labour‚Äôs Lost,¬†Billy in¬†Anything Goes,¬†Fiyero in¬†Wicked
11. MATTHEW JAMES THOMAS
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He‚Äôs a relative Broadway newbie, but with his pink cheeks, blue eyes, and bangs, he is the dictionary definition of cute. He‚Äôs currently turning heads in Pippin on Broadway, and something about the fuzzy chain mail sweater that he wears is super adorable. You can see him right now in¬†Pippin, so hurry before he leaves the show!
Notable theater credits:¬†Pippin in Pippin,¬†Spider-man in¬†Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
12. RA√öL ESPARZA
Ra√ļl¬†Esparza oozes sex appeal. Scruffy beard, sharp features, piercing eyes. He’s a Broadway veteran who got his start playing tortured writer-type Jon in Tick‚Ä¶ Tick‚Ä¶ Boom, the semi-autobiographical musical that Jonathan Larson wrote before Rent. He has a knack for playing dark, brooding types (the playboy Bobby in Company), intellectuals (Valentine in the history mystery Arcadia), and hopeless romantics (Orsino in the very musical Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night).
Listen to him sing this ballad from Tick‚Ä¶ Tick‚Ä¶ Boom. If he doesn‚Äôt break your heart‚Ä¶ you don‚Äôt have one.
Notable theater credits:¬†Valentine in¬†Arcadia,¬†Orsino in¬†Twelfth Night,¬†Charlie Fox in¬†Speed-the-Plow, Bobby in¬†Company,¬†Emcee in¬†Cabaret,¬†Jon in¬†Tick‚Ä¶ Tick‚Ä¶ Boom
13. NORM LEWIS
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Norm Lewis is has one of the most accomplished voices on Broadway today. Plus he’s a super handsome silver fox. He was most recently on Broadway busting out his opera pipes with Audra MacDonald in George and Ira Gershwin’s opera/musical¬†Porgy and Bess. He can also be seen as Javert in the 25th Anniversary Concert Production of Les Mis√©rables. More about Norm? He’s¬†a pro at serenading in verse due to the fact that he was in the Shakespeare musical,¬†Two Gentlemen of Verona.¬†You can also catch him on the small screen in¬†Scandal.
Notable theater credits:¬†Porgy in¬†The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,¬†Javert in¬†Les Mis√©rables,¬†King Triton in¬†The Little Mermaid, Valentine in¬†Two Gentlemen of Verona
14. KYLE RIABKO
Gotta love a guy who can play guitar. Attractive Canadian rocker Kyle Riabko got his start writing original music. Then he made his Broadway debut as the replacement for Melchior in Spring Awakening on Broadway and then went on to headline the national tour. Did I mention that he‚Äôs also the most hilarious person ever? He was a frequent star of the funny video blogs that the tour cast made on their YouTube channel, and I swear, some of them are so funny that that will pee your pants from uncontrollable laughter.¬†He‚Äôs returning to off-Broadway this year in What‚Äôs It All About?, a show in which he reconceives Burt Bachrach songs as covers for a new generation. Want more? Look up his band Trevor Jackson. He also has plenty of interesting covers on YouTube.
Notable theater credits:¬†Claude in Hair,¬†Melchior in¬†Spring Awakening
15. WILL CHASE
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He exudes badassness. He played jaded rocker Roger in the closing cast of Rent, which was filmed for DVD. He was the evil (but undeniably sexy) mustache-twirling villain John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. And yes, he was also on Smash.
Notable theater credits:¬†John Jasper in¬†The Mystery of Edwin Drood,¬†Roger in¬†Rent,¬†Rob in¬†High Fidelity
16. JUSTIN LEVINE
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He might not be a star, but he‚Äôs an awesome piano and guitar player, known for leading the onstage bands in rock musicals and stepping into the action as well. His one song in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson nearly stole the show. And in Love‚Äôs Labour‚Äôs Lost, he plays a ridiculous sidekick who has his own love song about being in love with cats. What’s not to like?
Notable theater credits:¬†Moth in¬†Love‚Äôs Labour‚Äôs Lost,¬†Bandleader in¬†Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
17. WILL SWENSON
He‚Äôs a ruggedly handsome bad boy. He played a high school dropout and shirtless hippie Berger in the Original Broadway cast of Hair. In addiction he played ’80s rocker stud Stacey Jaxx in Rock of Ages, in which he was also frequently shirtless. Last but not least, he played the resident downtown bad boy with a past in the rock musical Murder Ballad.
Notable theater credits:¬†Tom in¬†Murder Ballad,¬†Tick in¬†Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Berger¬†in Hair,¬†Stacee Jaxx in¬†Rock of Ages
18. MATT DOYLE
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Why do all these attractive men flock to be in Spring Awakening? Not that I‚Äôm complaining. Matt Doyle played the seductive, but conniving Hanschen. He went on to replace Andrew Rannells as earnest and strapping young missionary Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. He also went on to star in the tearjerker War Horse. He was in the original production of the rock musical Bare, about a sexually charged catholic school production of Romeo and Juliet.¬†On TV, you can catch him on reruns of Gossip Girl.
Notable theater credits:¬†Billy Narracott in¬†War Horse,¬†Elder Price in¬†The Book of Mormon, Hanschen¬†in¬†Spring Awakening,¬†Peter in¬†Bare: A Pop Opera
19. LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA
This multi-talented guy took Broadway by storm when he wrote and starred in the musical, ¬†In The Heights.¬†Since then, he translated some of the songs and script of¬†West Side Story¬†into Spanish for the recent revival and wrote¬†Bring It On: The Musical. He also co-wrote the opening number that Neil Patrick Harris sung at the Tony Awards this year. Nothing like a man who knows how to write a musical.¬†
Notable theater credits:¬†Usnavi in¬†In The Heights
20. WESLEY TAYLOR
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This cutie starred in Rock of Ages as German pretty boy Franz. He also has a flair for funny web series. He and his fellow Rock of Ages cast members maintained two series: ‚ÄúRock of Ages Productions‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúBilly Green,‚ÄĚ about a na√Įve up-and-coming actor in New York.¬†And, as is always the case for attractive Broadway men, he got snatched up to join the cast of¬†Smash.
Notable theater credits:¬†Lucas Beineke in¬†The Addams Family,¬†Franz in¬†Rock of Ages
21. STEVE KAZEE
This knockout completely floored everyone with his performance as the Guy in Once. He won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. And damn, does he look good with a guitar. Also, he may be his Once character in real life because he sings and plays guitar with his own band¬†Steve Kazee and the Shiny Liars.
Notable theater credits:¬†Guy in¬†Once,¬†Sir Lancelot in¬†Spamalot
22. RAMIN KARIMLOO
Ramin Karimloo has literally played every male lead in every British musical ever. He has played Marius, Enjolras, and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Excuse me? I can‚Äôt. He literally embodies every character you would ever fall in love with in that show. I‚Äôm overwhelmed. You can catch him as Enjolras in the 25th Anniversary Concert Production on DVD. He also played Raoul and the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera and originated the role of the Phantom in the sequel Love Never Dies. The filmed performance of¬†Phantom is streaming on Netflix right now, so just try to forget about the fact that the Phantom is a creeper and focus on Ramin Karimloo’s gorgeous voice.¬†Did I mention he‚Äôs incredibly muscular and attractive? Does that make him a quadruple threat?
Notable theater credits:¬†Phantom in¬†Love Never Dies, Phantom and Raoul in¬†The Phantom of the Opera,¬†Marius, Enjolras, Jean Valjean in¬†Les Mis√©rables
23. CHEYENNE JACKSON
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He has the most piercing blue eyes, and his classic good looks can make him the dream guy in any era. He donned some tight cut-offs and rollerblades to play an ’80s artist in Xanadu on Broadway, and then seamlessly transitioned to playing charming everyman Woody in the 1940s deep South for¬†Finian‚Äôs Rainbow. He guest starred on 30 Rock as an empty-headed actor (and basically a male version of Jenna). He also did a guest appearance on Glee.
Notable theater credits:¬†Woody in¬†Finian‚Äôs Rainbow,¬†Sonny in¬†Xanadu,¬†Chad in¬†All Shook Up
24. TAYE DIGGS
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He‚Äôs super suave, and best known for playing rich, condescending Benny in the original cast of Rent, a role he reprised for the movie. He‚Äôs also done his time as the heartthrob Fiyero in Wicked and smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago. You might know him as sexy TV doctor Sam Bennett on Grey‚Äôs Anatomy and Private Practice. Don’t get too excited about Taye though, he’s married to the equally talented Idina Menzel.
Notable theater credits:¬†Fiyero in Wicked,¬†Billy Flynn in¬†Chicago,¬†Benny in¬†Rent
25. HADLEY FRASER
Another attractive staple of British megamusicals, Hadley Fraser has been Marius, Grantaire and Javert in Les Mis√©rables¬†(I guess he can make Javert sexy?). You can see him as Grantaire on the 25th Anniversary Concert DVD. He’s also played Raoul in¬†The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Production, which is streaming on Netflix. More fun facts about him? He has the good fortune of looking unbelievably handsome in period costume ‚ÄĒ a skill that musical theater guys have to own. I can even forgive the guyliner. He’s also in the indie folk band Sheytoons with fellow Broadway hot guy/friend Ramin Karimloo. Steel your ovaries! Musical worlds are colliding!
Notable theater credits:¬†Raoul in¬†The Phantom of the Opera,¬†Marius,¬†Grantaire, and Javert in¬†Les Mis√©rables,¬†El Gallo in¬†The Fantasticks,¬†Tiernan in¬†The Pirate Queen