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Theater actors

Created by Alma Barroca on 08 Feb 2018 | Last edited by Alma Barroca on 15 Feb 2019

Collection of artists who are also (or best) known for their performances in musical theater (Broadway, West End, etc.), but who have a solo career of their own. In item description, you will find some of their stage credits.

- Elphaba in the original Broadway cast of 'Wicked'.
- Elizabeth Vaughan in the original Broadway cast of 'If/Then'.
- Maureen in the original Broadway cast of 'Rent'.

- Glinda in the original Broadway cast of 'Wicked'.
- Sally in the 1999 revival cast of 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'.

- Mark Cohen in the original Broadway cast of 'Rent'.
- Lucas in the original Broadway cast of 'If/Then'.

Artist | South Africa Pop

- Rafiki in the original Toronto cast of 'The Lion King'.

Artist | United States

- Alexander Hamilton in the original Broadway cast of 'Hamilton'.
- Usnavi in the original Broadway cast of 'In the Heights'.

Artist | Lesotho Opera

- Rafiki in the original Broadway cast of 'The Lion King'.

Top song:  Music in the Air

- Nala in the original Broadway cast of 'The Lion King'.

Top 2 songs:  I Wish Am I Worth It

- Simba in the original Broadway cast of 'The Lion King'.

- Madame Akaber (Morrible) understudy in the German cast of 'Wicked'.
- Shenzi understudy in the German cast of 'The Lion King'.

- Eliza Doolittle understudy in the London revival cast of 'My Fair Lady'.
- Elphaba replacement in the London cast of 'Wicked'.

- Originally a Fiyero understudy in the original London cast of 'Wicked', but was promoted to leading in 2007.

- Glinda in the original Los Angeles cast of 'Wicked'.

- Pierre Bezukhov in the original Broadwa cast of 'Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812'.

- Elphaba replacement in the London cast of 'Wicked'.

- Elle Woods in the original Broadway cast of 'Legally Blonde'.
- Amber Von Tussle in the original cast of 'Hairspray'.
- Glinda standby in the original cast of 'Wicked'.

- Elphaba replacement in the Broadway cast of 'Wicked'. She also filled in for Idina Menzel when she suffered a fall in her third to last show.

Top 3 songs:  This War Avalon Home

- Elphaba replacement in the Broadway cast of 'Wicked'. She was going to be the original Broadway Elphaba, but was changed for Idina Menzel in early stages of the show development.
- Elphaba in the original National Tour cast of 'Wicked'.
- Judy Bernly in the original Broadway cast of '9 to 5'.
- Star in the original Broadway cast of 'The Cher Show'.

- Rafiki replacement in the Broadway cast of 'The Lion King'.

19. Mpume
Artist | South Africa

- Rafiki understudy in the National Tour cast of 'The Lion King'.

Top song:  Baba Ka Mdudu
Artist | Spain

- Rafiki understudy in the Madrid cast of 'The Lion King'. She is also leading as Shenzi.

Top song:  Hazel Eyes
21. Senit
Artist | Italy Dance Pop

- Nala in the original German cast of 'The Lion King'.

- Queenie in the original Broadway cast of 'The Wild Party'.
- Elphaba replacement in the Broadway cast of 'Wicked'.

- Lauren in the original Broadway cast of 'Kinky Boots'.
- Margot in the original Broadway cast of 'Legally Blonde'.
- She was cast as Katie in original Broadway cast of 'Banana Shpeel' before the character was cut from the show.

- Elphaba in the original German and Dutch casts of 'Wicked'.
- She also took part as an Elphaba replacement in the Broadway and London casts of 'Wicked', being the only woman to ever perform in four different productions of the show.

- Nala in the original French cast of 'The Lion King'.

Top song:  Je viens vers toi
Artist | France

- Banzai and Ed understudy in the original Paris cast of 'The Lion King' and in the English tour, the Basel and the London casts of the same show.

- Morticia Addams in the original Brazilian cast of 'The Addams Family'.
- Norma Desmond in the original Brazilian cast of 'Sunset Boulevard'.

- Fanny Brice in the original Broadway cast of 'Funny Girl'.

- Eva Perón in the original London cast of 'Evita'.
- Grizabella in the original London cast of 'Cats'.

Top song:  I dreamed a dream
Artist | France R&B/Soul

- One of the actors that performed as Young Simba in the original French cast of 'The Lion King'.

Top song:  Comme un signe

- Elphaba replacement in the Broadway production of 'Wicked'.

- Originally a Nala understudy in the London production of 'The Lion King'. She later was promoted to a lead.
- Elphaba replacement in the London production of 'Wicked', being the first black woman to perform as the green witch full-time.
- Nabulungi in the original London cast of 'The Book of Mormon'.

Top song:  Ring

- Elphaba replacement in the London production of 'Wicked'.

Top song:  Where Am I Going?

- Glinda replacement in the London production of 'Wicked'.

Top song:  Save The World

- Glinda and Elphaba replacement in the London production of 'Wicked'. She's the only actress ever to perform as both main characters.

Top 2 songs:  Kissing You Squander
36. ZuluChyld
Artist | South Africa Pop

- Originally a Rafiki understudy in the London production of 'The Lion King', later promoted to lead in the show's Australian production. She also performed on Broadway, Shanghai and is currently with the North American tour.

- Elder Price in the original London cast of 'The Book of Mormon'.
- Jimmy in the original Broadway cast of 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'.
- Bert replacement in the London production of 'Mary Poppins'.

38. Velile

- Rafiki replacement in the German production of 'The Lion King'.

Top 3 songs:  Vulindlela Helele Ela Ela E

- Rafiki understudy in the German production of 'The Lion King'.

Top 2 songs:  Beautiful Child of Africa

- Nala in the original Dutch cast of 'The Lion King'.

Top song:  More Than A Woman
Artist | Pop

- Princess Fiona in the original Seattle and Broadway casts of 'Shrek'.
- Eponine replacement in the Broadway revival of 'Les Misérables'.
- Inga in the original Broadway cast of 'Young Frankenstein'.

42. Kayode

- Banzai understudy in the London production of 'The Lion King'. Was also a part of the show's English tour and Basel casts.

Top song:  Living Hell

- Shenzi in the original English tour of 'The Lion King'.
- The Washing Machine in the Chinchester and London casts of 'Caroline, or Change'.

Artist | France Pop

- Mufasa in the original Paris cast of 'The Lion King'. He then reprised his role in Germany and Singapore.

Top 2 songs:  Je savais Nos Sentiments
Artist | Canada Pop

- Emmett in the original London cast of 'Legally Blonde'.
- Ray Sunshine in the original London cast of 'Desperately Seeking Susan'.
- Galileo Figaro in the English tour of 'We Will Rock You'. He then reprised his role in the Dominion Theatre production.

Artist | Brazil MPB Latino

- Grizabella in the original Brazilian cast of 'Cats'.

Top song:  Fiu Fiu

- Originally an understudy, he was promoted to Fiyero lead in the London production of 'Wicked'.
- Troy Bolton in the UK tour of 'High School Musical'.
- Og in the Irish production of 'Finian's Rainbow'.

- Elphaba standby in the Los Angeles production of 'Wicked'. Was promoted to lead in San Francisco (2009-2010) and Broadway (02-09/2011).
- Mary Barrie in the original Broadway cast of 'Finding Neverland'.
- Lady in the original Broadway cast of 'The Cher Show'.

Artist | Iran Pop

- Gleb in the original Broadway cast of 'Anastasia'.
- Jean Valjean in the Queen's Theatre (2011/2012), Princess of Wales (2013-2014) and Broadway (2014-2015) productions of 'Les Misérables'.
- Raoul (2003-2004) and The Phantom (2007-2009) in 'The Phantom of the Opera'.
- The Phantom in the Adelphi Theatre production of 'Love Never Dies'.

- Sarabi in the original Broadway cast of 'The Lion King'.

- Rafiki understudy in the Broadway production of 'The Lion King'.

- Shenzi and Rafiki understudy in the Cheetah Tour of 'The Lion King'.

53. Omari Tau

- Ed and Banzai understudy in the Gazelle Tour of 'The Lion King'.

Top song:  Sweeter as it goes

- Weselton in the original Denver cast of 'Frozen'.
- Bert in the Sacramento production of 'Mary Poppins'.
- Timon replacement in the Broadway cast of 'The Lion King'.
- James Cagney in the original cast of 'CAGNEY!'.

Artist | Canada

- Elsa in the original Broadway and Denver casts of 'Frozen'.
- Fantine in the 2014 season of 'Les Misérables' at the Imperial Theatre, Broadway.
- Elphaba understudy in the Broadway cast of 'Wicked. She was promoted to lead in the Los Angeles production.

Artist | Spain

- Pumbaa in the original Madrid cast of 'The Lion King'.

Top song:  Spanish Revolution
Artist | Mexico Pop

- Simba in the original Mexican and Spanish casts of 'The Lion King'.

Artist | United States

- Lead vocalist Kevin Cahoon was Ed in the original Broadway cast of 'The Lion King'.

Top song:  Doll

- Lead vocalist Antonio Curros is a Timon replacement in the Madrid production of 'The Lion King'.

- Christine Daaé understudy in the London production of 'The Phantom of the Opera'.
- Glinda understudy in the original London cast of 'Wicked'.
- Cosette replacement in the London production of 'Les Misérables'.

Top song:  Lion Tamer
Artist | Spain Dance Pop

- Nala replacement in the Spanish cast of 'The Lion King'.

Top song:  Sueña
Artist | South Africa

- She was a member of the ensemble in the original London cast of 'The Lion King'.

Top song:  Move Me

- Link Larkin in the original Broadway cast of 'Hairspray'.
- Chuck Cranston understudy in the Broadway production of 'Footloose'.
- J. M. Barrie in the original Broadway cast of 'Finding Neverland'.

Top song:  Summer Rain

- Mary Poppins in the original London cast of 'Mary Poppins'.

Artist | Mexico Pop

- Elphaba in the original Mexican production of 'Wicked'. At age 18 when the musical debuted in 2013, she is the youngest actress ever to perform as the green witch in a production of the show.

- Mufasa replacement in the London production of 'The Lion King', performing as the King since 2008.
- Newt Lee, Jim Conley and Riley in the Donmar Warehouse production of 'Parade'.
- Enjolras replacement (2005-2006) in the London production of 'Les Misérables'.

- Dr. Pomatter replacement in the Broadway production of 'Waitress'.
- Fiyero replacement in the Broadway production of 'Wicked'.

68. Lee Mead

- Fiyero replacement in the London production of 'Wicked'.
- Joseph in the London revival of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'.

- Trina in the US tour of 'Falsettos'.
- Sadie Thompson in the original San Diego staging of 'Rain'.
- Elphaba in the Emerald City tour of 'Wicked'. She was also an Elphaba and Nessarose understudy in the Broadway cast of the show. She was later promoted to lead Elphaba in the Los Angeles and San Francisco productions of the show.

70. Ben Platt

- Evan Hansen in the original Broadway cast of 'Dear Evan Hansen'.
- Dickon Sowerby in the 2016 Lincoln Center Theater production of 'The Secret Garden'.

Top 2 songs:  Bad Habit Ease My Mind

- A Dr. Pomatter replacement in the Broadway production of 'Waitress'.

- Sweeney Todd in the 2002 Kennedy Center production of 'Sweeney Todd'.
- Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the original Broadway cast of 'Ragtime'.

Artist | Germany Pop

- Sharon Graham in the original Broadway cast of 'Master Class'.
- Bess in the Richard Rodgers Theatre (08-09/2011) and American Repertory Theater (12/2011 - 09/2012) productions of 'Porgy and Bess'.

- Mufasa replacement in the Broadway cast of 'The Lion King'. He has played as Simba's father 4308 times, a record.
- Marine and Antoine in the original Broadway cast of 'Miss Saigon'.

75. Jemma Rix
Artist | Australia Pop

- Originally a standby, she was later promoted to lead Elphaba in the Australian tour of 'Wicked'.
- Molly Jensen in the Australia tour of 'Ghost the Musical'.
- Evita Perón alternate in the 2018 Sydney Opera House production of 'Evita'.

Top song:  Somebody To Love
76. Naima
Artist | Germany

- Sarabi replacement in the German production of 'The Lion King'.

Top song:  Halt mich

- Bustopher Jones, Gus and Growltiger in the 2015 Australia & New Zealand tour of 'Cats'.

Artist | Australia Pop

- Grizabella replacement in the Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and Brisbane stops of the 2015 Australia & New Zealand tour of 'Cats'.

Artist | Australia Pop

- Rizzo in the Australian tour of 'Grease'.
- Cynthia Weil in the Australian production of 'Beautiful - The Carole King Musical'.

- Annie in the Manila production of 'Annie'.
- Kim in the original Broadway cast of 'Miss Saigon', a role she also took to the London West End and Manila.
- Grizabella in the Manila production of 'Cats'.

Artist | Brazil Jazz

- Gomez Addams in the Brazilian productions of 'The Addams Family'.
- Capitain Hook in the Brazilian production of 'Peter Pan'.
- Juan Perón in the Brazilian production of 'Evita'.

82. Selloane
Artist | South Africa Pop

- A Rafiki and Nala understudy in the Los Angeles (2000-2003), London (2003-2007), Broadway (2007, 2008-2011, 2013) productions of 'The Lion King'.
- She also performed with Cirque du Soleil's 'La Nouba' (2014-2017) and is currently engaged with the 'Michael Jackson ONE' production of the Canadian company.

Top 2 songs:  Africa Gone

- Roger Davis in the original Broadway cast of 'Rent'.
- Radames in the original Broadway cast of 'Aida'.

- Shug Avery in the 2016/2017 Broadway production of 'The Color Purple'.

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