25 Hot Broadway Guys You Didn’t Know Existed Until Just This Very Second

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’ve 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

Aaron Tveit NBC Universal 2013 Winter TCA Tour Day Pasadena California January 7 2013

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Look familiar? You’ll probably recognize him as Enjolras from the Les Misérables 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’s 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

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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’s 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’ Cinderella. Plus, their banter on Twitter is pretty damn cute.

You can catch him soon in Disney’s 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’s Cinderella, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Tony in Billy Elliot, Matt in The Fantasticks

3. MAX VON ESSEN

Max von Essen Irish Rep Theatre June 10 2013 New York City New York

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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’s also played both Marius and Enjolras in Les Misérables, 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 Misérables

4. BILLY MAGNUSSENBilly Magnussen Screening Of The Twilight Saga Eclipse New York City New York June 28 2010

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He’s 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’ll be starring in the Into the Woods movie as Rapunzel’s prince. It seems like he can actually sing, though. Can’t get enough? Look up his bands The Dash and Reserved for Rondee. Can’t get enough right now? Here’s 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

Isaiah Johnson Opening Night After Party For Far From Heaven June 2 2013 New York City NY

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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 — 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

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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

Arthur Darvil

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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’s been a lifelong musician — 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’s 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

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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

Jonathan Groff Meet And Greet With The Cast Of The Submission August 8 2011 New York City NY

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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’s 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’s also on his way to becoming everyone’s new Disney crush: he’ll 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

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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’s doing something completely different and leading the cast of the modern Shakespearean rock musical Love’s Labour’s 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’s Labour’s Lost, Billy in Anything Goes, Fiyero in Wicked

11. MATTHEW JAMES THOMAS

Matthew James Thomas Pippin Opening Night Party April 26 2013 New York City NY

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He’s a relative Broadway newbie, but with his pink cheeks, blue eyes, and bangs, he is the dictionary definition of cute. He’s 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. RAÚL ESPARZA

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Raúl 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… Tick… 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… Tick… Boom. If he doesn’t break your heart… you don’t 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… Tick… Boom

13. NORM LEWIS

Norm Lewis Les Miserable New York Premiere New York City December 10 2012

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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 Misérables. 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 Misérables, King Triton in The Little Mermaid, Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona

14. KYLE RIABKO

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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’s 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’s returning to off-Broadway this year in What’s 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

Will Chase New York Pops Gala April 29 2013 New York City NY

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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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Left to right: Kevin Garcia, Charlie Rosen, Justin Levine

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He might not be a star, but he’s 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’s Labour’s 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’s Labour’s Lost, Bandleader in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

17. WILL SWENSON

Will Swenson Broadway Opening Night The Sershwins' Porgy And Bess January 12 2012 New York City NY(Photo: WENN)

He’s 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

Matt Doyle Broadway Speaks OUT presentation of a very mary holiday November 29 2010 New York City NY

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Why do all these attractive men flock to be in Spring Awakening? Not that I’m 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

Lin Manuel-Miranda Opening Night of Next to Normal April 15 2009 New York City NY

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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: “Rock of Ages Productions” and “Billy Green,” about a naïve 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

Steve Kazee All Star Bowling Event To Benefit Our Time October 22 2012 New York City NY

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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 Phantom Of The Opera London England October 28 2011

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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’t. He literally embodies every character you would ever fall in love with in that show. I’m 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’s 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 Misérables

23. CHEYENNE JACKSON

Cheyenne Jackson 40th Annual International Emmy Awards November 19 2012 New York City, NY

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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’s 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’s Rainbow, Sonny in Xanadu, Chad in All Shook Up

24. TAYE DIGGS

Taye Diggs Unveils Got Milk Ad March 5 2013 Hollywood Los Angeles

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He’s super suave, and best known for playing rich, condescending Benny in the original cast of Rent, a role he reprised for the movie. He’s 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’s 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

Hadley Fraser

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Another attractive staple of British megamusicals, Hadley Fraser has been Marius, Grantaire and Javert in Les Misérables (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 — 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 Misérables, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Tiernan in The Pirate Queen

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    • Olivia Wilson

      Hellooo Raul Esparza!

      Also, I love Lin Manuel Miranda SO much. I spent probably an entire year obsessed with In The Heights.

    • CMJ

      mmmmmm, Tveit.

      • CMJ

        This article has also sent me down the rabbit hole of YouTube broadway videos.

      • http://twitter.com/titledivine Madeline Raynor

        That was definitely my intention so that is wonderful.

      • CMJ

        I’ve had Jeremy Jordan singing “Broadway Here I Come” on repeat for a good month or so. Swoony.

    • Rachel Brickell

      Watched Les Mis last night. Love Aaron Tveit.

    • Anna

      *sees Aaron Tveit*
      *has no need to read any farther*
      Thank you for putting him at the very top, where he belongs! It’s exciting to see things like this on the net.

    • Chris

      Cool list. Lin-Manuel, Steve Kazee, Raul Esparza, Norm Lewis. <3

      Could use more darker performers, I think. Ephraim Sykes, Christoper Jackson, Robin de Jesus, Wallace Smith, Joshua Henry, Telly Leung… a lot to choose from.

    • theaterfan

      People in the theater know all about these people. I mean really! Maybe they should have a theater writer writing articles for this site.

    • IndddyConfetti

      I knew 22 of these. I thought we were somehow going to miss Hadley so I was quite pleased to get to the end and see him there. The world is right again.

      (Next time, I vote we include Iwan Lewis and Jason Forbach.)