10 Broadway Stars You Never Knew Were "Scream Queens"

News   10 Broadway Stars You Never Knew Were "Scream Queens"
 
Before they were dancing and signing onstage, some of your favorite Broadway stars were running and screaming onscreen. Check out which of your Broadway favorites slashed their way to the top in horror films and which proved to be victims.

Marissa Jaret Winokur is best known for originating the role of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, a role for which she earned a Tony nomination. Two years before dancing on the Corny Collins Show, however, she appeared in "Scary Movie" as Tina, a teenage girl murdered in a garage. She has also appeared on Broadway as Jan in Grease.

John Larroquette played J.B. Biggley alongside Daniel Radcliffe as J. Pierrepont Finch in the 2011 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a role for which he won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical. He has also appeared in Gore Vidal's The Best Man. Before that, however, he provided narration for "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" in both 1974 and 2003.

Betty Buckley recently starred as Big Edie in Grey Gardens at the Bay Street Theater. She won the 1983 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Grizabella in Cats. Before performing "Memory," however, Buckley appeared as Miss Collins, Carrie White's gym teacher in the 1976 film "Carrie." She later appeared as Margaret White, Carrie's mother, in the 1988 Broadway musical Carrie.

Fran Kranz appeared on Broadway as Bernard in Death of a Salesman and Tony Kirby in You Can't Take It With You. He was set to appear opposite Al Pacino in China Doll, but had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts. In 2012 he played Marty Mikalski, "The Fool," in "The Cabin in the Woods."

Ellen Burstyn has appeared on Broadway in Shirley Valentine, Sacrilege, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Picnic and more. She won a Tony Award in 1975 for her performance in Same Time, Next Year. Two years before winning her Tony she dealt with a possessed pre-teen daughter as Christine MacNeil in "The Exorcist."

John Lithgow has appeared on Broadway in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All My Sons, The Columnist, A Delicate Balance, The Changing Room and Sweet Smell of Success. In 1983 he was haunted by a gremlin as John Valentine in "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," a sequence in "Twilight Zone: The Movie."

Stark Sands is best known for originating the role of Charlie Price in Kinky Boots. He has also appeared in American Idiot and Journey's End. Before donning his famous red boots, however, he appeared as Private Bud Crain in the 2008 zombie film "Day of the Dead."

Aidan Gemme, who originated the role of Peter Llewelyn-Davies in Finding Neverland, made his big screen debut as Mario in the 2014 film "Deliver Us From Evil."

Steven Pasquale recently appeared as Burrs in the Encores! production of The Wild Party. He has also appeared on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County and reasons to be pretty. In 2007 he survived an alien attack as Dallas Howard in "Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem."

Michelle Williams made her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Cabaret. Before charming audiences with her rendition of "Don't Tell Mama" she appeared as the younger version of Sil, an experiment who appears human, in the 1995 film "Species."

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