19 TV Stars You Didn’t Know Had a Musical Background (PHOTOS)

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Uzo Aduba Peter Gallagher Iain Glen TV Stars Broadway Musical
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Peter Gallagher Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
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Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher is finally giving TV audiences a taste of his musical talent as Mitch Clarke on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. But Broadway audiences have known for years, as he’s appeared in favorites like Grease and Guys and Dolls.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Sundays, 9/8c, NBC

Melissa Benoist Supergirl Kara Danvers
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Melissa Benoist

Before she was Supergirl, Melissa Benoist got her BFA in theatre, which eventually landed her a role on Glee. Benoist returned to the stage in 2018, playing Carole King in Beautiful.

Supergirl, Sundays, 9/8c, The CW

Josh Segarra Colin Donnell Arrow Chase Tommy
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Josh Segarra & Colin Donnell

Speaking of DC, casting all around the Arrowverse has drawn heavily from Broadway: Segarra recently played Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet, and Donnell has been in the musicals Holiday Inn and Violet, among others.

Arrow, Streaming Now, Netflix

Michael McKean in Better Call Saul
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Michael McKean

Before Michael McKean’s Emmy-nominated role in Better Call Saul, he appeared on Broadway — in full drag, no less! — in Hairspray.

Better Call Saul, Mondays, 9/8c, AMC

Chandra Wilson Sara Ramirez T.R. Knight Grey's Anatomy
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T.R. Knight, Sara Ramirez & Chandra Wilson

There’s musical as well as medical talent on Grey’s Anatomy. Knight and Wilson have each appeared in several musicals in New York and L.A., while Ramirez won a Tony for her role in Spamalot.

Grey’s Anatomy, Thursdays, 9/8c, ABC

Casey Cott Riverdale
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Casey Cott

Musical talent runs in the family of Riverdale‘s Casey Cott: Casey studied musical theater at Carnegie Mellon, while his brother Corey has starred in Broadway productions of Newsies and Bandstand

Riverdale, Wednesdays, 8/7c, The CW

Diana Rigg Jonathan Pryce Iain Glenn Game of Thrones
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Diana Rigg, Jonathan Pryce and Iain Glen

Westeros is alive with the sound of music! Although none of them got to sing on the show, Game of Thrones actors Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell), Jonathan Pryce (The High Sparrow) and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) all have professional musical theater experience. Glen starred in the original West End production of Martin Guerre, while Diana Rigg recently scored a Tony nomination for her role in the 2018 Broadway revival of My Fair Lady, and Pryce won one for Miss Saigon in 1991.

Ross Lynch Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
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Ross Lynch

Pop music fans know Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s Ross Lynch as lead vocalist of the band R5, but he’s also taken his talent to the stage, playing Mark in the Hollywood Bowl production of A Chorus Line.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Part 4, Coming Soon, Netflix

Joe Morton God Friended Me
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Joe Morton

Joe Morton is a TV mainstay, most recently winning an Emmy for his role as Olivia Pope’s dad on Scandal and playing Reverend Finer on God Friended Me. But Morton has also appeared in Broadway musicals like Hair and was nominated for a Tony for his role in the musical Raisin.

God Friended Me, Sundays, 8/7c, CBS

Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things

Gaten Matarazzo

Stranger Things‘ Matarazzo has a long resume for his age: aside from the Netflix hit and his upcoming Quibi show, he’s starred in Les Miserables and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on Broadway and Into the Woods at the Hollywood Bowl.

Stranger Things, Season 4, Coming Soon, Netflix

Orange is the New Black
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Basically the Whole Cast of Orange is the New Black

With the dozens of characters on Orange is the New Black, it’s no surprise that many of them come from the world of theatre. Danielle Brooks (Taystee) and Beth Fowler (Sister Ingalls) are both Tony nominees, while Uzo Aduba appeared in Godspell before she was cast as Crazy Eyes. And even though she barely says a word on the show as mostly-mute Norma, Annie Golden has appeared in upwards of 20 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.

Orange is the New Black, Streaming Now, Netflix

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In this day and age, there’s a revolving door between Hollywood and Broadway.

Musical theater’s biggest names, from Ben Platt to Kristen Chenoweth, continue to grace the small screen, while TV actors and personalities make their way onto the stage.

Click through the gallery above for 19 familiar faces from 11 TV shows — including the Arrowverse, Game of Thrones, and Grey’s Anatomy —  you might not realize got their start in the theater… and have killer pipes to prove it.