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8 Bravolebs You Didn't Know Were on Broadway

These Bravolebs always have their jazz hands ready.

By Laura Rosenfeld
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A little bit of Broadway is about to come to Bravo this summer. Several cast members from the Tony-nominated musical Hamilton will be making cameos on the upcoming Season 2 of Odd Mom Out premiering Monday, June 20 at 10/9c. 

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But if you think about it, sometimes an episode of your favorite Bravo show is just downright theatrical, whether its a Shakespearean tragedy, a farce, or a song-and-dance musical. Then it should come as no surprise that many Bravolebs have wowed a theater full of people on Broadway. You'll be giving these Bravolebs a standing O once you find out how much they've stunned on the Great White Way.

1. NeNe Leakes

NeNe was all smiles during the final curtain call of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella on January 3, 2015.

NeNe Leakes made her Broadway debut in Cinderella during Season 7 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She played the Madame, perhaps more commonly referred to as the wicked stepmother, opposite Keke Palmer's Cinderella from November 2014 until the show closed in January 2015. But NeNe wouldn't be away from the stage for long. She went on to play Matron "Mama" Morton in the long-running revival of Chicago in November 2015. And yes, she slayed it.

2. Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin

Lisa and Harry of course had unbelievable onstage chemistry as Roxie Hart and Billy Flynn, respectively, in Chicago in 2007.

NeNe wasn't the only Bravoleb to call New York's Ambassador Theatre home while starring in Chicago. Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin also appeared together in the revival from June 2007 to July 2007 as "merry murderess" Roxie Hart and her crooked lawyer Billy Flynn, respectively, as pictured in the above photo.

However, that wasn't Harry's first time on the Great White Way. He also starred in revivals of the plays Awake and Sing! in 1984 and Summer and Smoke in 1996. Here's hoping they both return to Broadway soon.

3. James Lipton

James produced the 1978 Broadway play The Mighty Gents starring Morgan Freeman.

As the creator, executive producer, writer, and host of Inside the Actors Studio, James Lipton obviously knows all the ins and outs of the dramatic arts. Not only did he have a role in the 1951 Broadway play The Autumn Garden, but he also wrote the book and lyrics for two musicals, 1962's Nowhere to Go But Up and 1967's Sherry! He also produced the 1978 play The Mighty Gents (he is pictured above at the production's opening night party with star Morgan Freeman) and the 1979 comedy show Monteith & Rand. Is there anything James can't do?

4. Megan Hilty

Megan was one of the most memorable Glindas ever in Wicked on Broadway. She's pictured above opposite Eden Espinosa as Elphaba during a dress rehearsal for a special production of the musical in Southern California.

Megan Hilty made a name for herself on the Great White Way long before we loved to hate her as Frumpkis' new wife Charlene last season of Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. She starred as Glinda in the smash hit musical Wicked, originated the role of Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5: The Musical, and this year, she knocked 'em dead in the comedy Noises Off, a performance that has earned her a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play in this year's Tony Awards.

5. Craig Ramsay

Craig celebrates the opening night of Fiddler on the Roof with Jeff Goldblum and his then-fiancée Catherine Wreford.

Season 3 of Newlyweds: The First Year isn't the first show about marriage that Craig Ramsay has been a part of. He made his Broadway debut in the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof as Boris, and you can see him hanging out with Jeff Goldblum and his then-fiancée Catherine Wreford on opening night, above. Craig then went on to join the ensemble of the stage adaptation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2005. Seeing how talented he was last season of Newlyweds, we don't think it'll be long before he takes the stage again.

6. Kathy Griffin

Kathy vied for a Tony in her 2011 one-woman show.

Kathy Griffin was never shy about her desire to win every award possible on her Bravo docuseries, talk show, and stand-up specials. So in an effort to win theater's most prestigious prize, Kathy performed a one-woman show for a limited engagement at the Belasco Theatre in 2011 aptly called Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony. Unfortunately, Kathy didn't receive that highly-coveted award for her Broadway show, but at least now she has even more motivation to one day return to the Great White Way.

7. Necar Zadegan

Necar looked her usual lovely self on the red carpet of the opening night after party for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

Necar Zadegan sure has range. One moment, she's starring as the smart and sophisticated lawyer Delia on GG2D and the next, she's starring opposite Robin Williams in the drama Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which takes place right after the 2003 American invasion of Iraq. We can only imagine this role helped prepare Necar for some of the darker moments featured in last season of GG2D

8. Cody Green

Cody takes a bow as next to Josefina Scaglione during the opening night of the revival of West Side Story on March 19, 2009.

Cody Green shook his groove thing on Broadway before and after he was crowned champion of Step It Up & Dance in 2008. Cody brought his cool moves to Movin' Out and the 2007 revival of Grease before going on to star as Riff in the 2009 revival of West Side Story and appear as Sid in Come Fly Away. It's no wonder he rocked Step It Up & Dance. 

Bravolebs don't just get musical on Broadway. Relive this emotional number from Kandi Burruss' musical A Mother's Love, below.

“You Cut Me Deep”
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