Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ten Sexiest Stars of Classic Broadway (IMHO)

Yes, I'm obsessed with Broadway. And why not? Guys singing, guys dancing, guys in great costumes (and yes, many of them are gay but they're still hot, for heaven's sake), romance in abundance, and plenty of sexiness.

I've been obsessed with Broadway since I was a tiny child, as my list below will attest. Alas, I also live in the Midwest. So I'm far from an expert on the current stars trodding the boards in NYC. Still, I can recognize all kinds of classic and unforgettable performances over the years. So, for what it's worth, here are my top ten guys who rocked the stage (and sometimes screen) with their hotness:

Yul Brynner, the King of Siam, "The King and I" (1951) (see also
this post) - Exotic, beautiful, funny, fierce and Oh, and also shirtless throughout the whole show.

Robert Preston, Harold Hill, "The Music Man" (1957) - The original charming shyster of Broadway. Prof. Hill, I never heard those bells, till there was you.

Gerome Ragni and James Rado, Berger and Claude, "Hair" (1967) (see also this post) - The originators both of the show and the starring roles, they served as inspiration as I passed through puberty. I slightly preferred Claude.

Victor Garber, Jesus, "Godspell" (1971) (see also this post) - Is it wrong to think of Jesus as hot? Well, he wasn't actually sexy, just sweet and funny and brave and lovable. I'm still not over my crush on Victor, it's been a doozy all these decades.

Richard O'Brien, Riff Raff, "The Rocky Horror [Picture] Show" (1973) (see also this post) - To say he's not classically handsome is to state the obvious...but the show's creator and eccentric star was undeniably sexy in this role. It's downright scary how sexy...

Kevin Kline, The Pirate King, "The Pirates of Penzance" (1980) - Sure, he's goofy, but you can't resist him in that "alarming but effective costume." He can swash my buckle anytime.

Michael Crawford, The Phantom, "The Phantom of the Opera" (1986) - Appropriately, I fell under the spell of his voice without needing to see his face.

Anthony Rapp, Mark, "Rent" (1996) - Can't really put my finger on why I'm so attracted to Mark (my daughters saw the show on Broadway and were sure I'd go for Rodger). He's just damn cute.

Hugh Jackman, Curly, "Oklahoma" (London Revival) (1999) (see also this post) - If you like Hugh, then you should He's absolutely breathtaking.

Jason Danieley, Lieutenant Joseph Cable, "South Pacific" (Concert Version) (2006) (see also
this post) - I'm cheating a little here, having not actually seen Jason perform this role or any other, but his version of "Younger Than Springtime" is absolutely heavenly.

That's a pretty eclectic group, hey? I know I left out scads of other worthy candidates. Please share your favorites of yore or today in the comments....


An Actor's Work on Self said...

I whole-heartedly agree with Hugh Jackman in "Oklahoma".


Gordon MacRae from Carousel:

Also, I know it's a revival, but Harry Connick Jr. in the Pajama Game. Delicious.

Just a couple favs! Great post!!

Diana Laurence said...

Thanks, AAWOS! If not for Hugh, I would have included Gordon MacRae as Curly...he has one of the most beautiful voices (and faces) in Broadway history, just not as good an actor.

And Harry, good call--"There once was a man...who loved a woman..." Sigh. Is there anything he can't do? (See also

Thanks for your great nominees!

bainst said...

If you ever get a chance, go on YouTube and watch a performance of "Willkommen" with Alan Cumming as the MC in Cabaret. He definitely is oozing his on brand of sex appeal.

Diana Laurence said...

Bainst, what a great tip! I love Alan and didn't know he'd played the Emcee. I watched the video...and yes, he is HOT in a most frightening and sleazy way. Excellent.

bainst said...

Diana, I'm so glad I introduced you to something new.

Miss Organizized said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Man I have GOT to see Pirates again...sigh and SWOON Kevin Kline. Fabulous choices all around though, just fabulous!

Diana Laurence said...

Thank you, Katesi! Aw, the glory days of watching Pirates of Penzance...