Before Lisa Rinna signed on for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the actress starred opposite her husband Harry Hamlin in a 2007 Broadway production of Chicago. Rinna’s iconic short hairdo was given a flapper twist as Roxie Hart, with Hamlin portraying Hart’s lawyer Billy Flynn.
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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills beauty makes her highly-anticipated Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago on January 6, 2020. No doubt fellow RHOBH star Rinna will be there opening night to cheer her on!
The hit musical based on the Windy City was also home to Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes, whose turn as Matron Mama Morton was spot-on. Leakes also showed her singing chops as Madame in Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella with Keke Palmer as Cinderella in 2014.
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Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss also had her own turn in the coveted “Mama” prison guard role for Chicago last year.
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After Jennifer Hudson brought Dreamgirls to the silver screen, fellow former American Idol contestant Katharine McPhee brought her stunning voice to Broadway’s Waitress. McPhee even opened an additional run of the production in London. The multitalented star is also known for her acting on CBS’s Scorpion and NBC’s Emmy Award-winning musical drama Smash.
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Following in the footsteps of fellow American Idol alum McPhee, Jordin Sparks recently joined Waitress on Broadway as the lead role of Jenna through October 27. Grammy-nominated Sparks made her Broadway debut with In the Heights in 2010.
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The RuPaul’s Drag Race star Peppermint made history as the first openly-transgender woman to originate a principal Broadway role with her interpretation of Pythio in Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer’s Head Over Heels. The musical, set to songs by the Go-Gos, was a modern reworking of Sir Philip Sydney’s Arcadia.
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A select few of reality TV's biggest stars (think charismatic NeNe Leakes of Real Housewives of Atlanta fame) have brought their sense of humor and style to Broadway over the years.
Believe it or not, Lisa Vanderpump, Denise Richards and the other Housewives all have a past... in TV and film!
Most recently, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fan favorite Erika Girardi, who goes by the stage name Erika Jayne, signed on to portray famed slinky seductress Roxie Hart in Chicago, opening January 6, 2020.
From Bravo to brava, check out the biggest reality stars who have had their turn in the Broadway spotlight.