There are many reasons to see a show on Broadway, the enchanting story lines, the amazing sets, the catchy music, the hot ladies … Yep, that’s right, we said it. This theater season has many a talented and beautiful woman taking center stage and capturing the hearts and minds of the audience, and they’re making Broadway a mighty fine looking place. So without further ado, here are six of the hottest women to grace the Great White Way. (And don’t miss the 6 Sexiest Men on Broadway Right Now, either)
LISA O’HARE, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Lisa O’Hare is very good at being bad. The English native plays the complicated love interest-slash-catalyst in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, an Edwardian-era dark comedy about a penniless chap who goes on a killing spree after learning he’s ninth in line to inherit the earldom. “Sibella’s a manipulative social climber,” says O’Hare, of her character. “She’s at an age where she’s discovered her attributes and knows exactly how to use them to her advantage.” The latter can also be said of O’Hare, 30, who saunters across the stage in vintage corsets and curvaceous gowns, with her blond hair flowing and the audience wrapped around her finger. The Royal Ballet-trained actress says she’s not nearly as uninhibited in person. She has a pixie hairdo, “more of a tomboy shape,” and hates having her picture taken. One of her best features is her exquisite British accent, which she hasn’t lost despite relocating to America after meeting her husband during a national tour of My Fair Lady. The two live in the East Village and, O’Hare says, “moving to the States has made me realize how useful an English accent can be.”
KATE ROCKWELL, Rock of Ages
As much fun as it is to knock ’80s hair-metal, it’s an even better time watching Kate Rockwell get wild, wild, wild in Rock of Ages. (In case you missed the reference, it’s Quiet Riot’s “Come On Feel the Noise,” one of the show’s 30-plus hit songs.) At the Helen Hayes Theatre, the musical’s home since 2011, Rockwell dons acid-washed denim with a retro, Aqua Net-enhanced coif to play Sherrie, a sweet country girl who moves to L.A. to pursue an acting career but lands instead at a rock club on Sunset Strip where she falls in love with a wanna-be guitar god. The very slender and very leggy Rockwell grew up in Cincinnati with big dreams of her own. As a kid, she sang along to the cast album of Godspell. And after countless high school theater productions she went on to study music at Baldwin-Wallace College in Cleveland. Now after years of honing her chops in musical theater, Rockwell — whose other credits include Legally Blonde and Bring It On — has audiences rockin’ out to her voice and getting’ down to her girl-next-door looks.
KRYSTAL JOY BROWN, Motown: The Musical
Krystal Joy Brown was thrilled when she was asked to take over the role of Diana Ross in Motown: The Musical, and for theatergoers who have caught her radiant performance the feeling is mutual. We first meet Brown as a member of a trio of teenage girls who talk their way into jobs at the iconic music label, and over the course of this pop-soul celebration she emerges as a singular solo act, someone who once commanded the biggest contract in recording history. “Diana was the first black megastar,” says Brown, who started singing in national choirs at age 7. “She paved the way for so many.” Like the legend, Brown is a gifted performer with a brilliant smile. She also happens to look stunning in a gigantic fox fur coat. But the best part of being in Motown, she says, is getting to sing. “I just did a Broadway show called Big Fish where I didn’t get to sing at all — and it was a musical. Ha! Now I have 15 songs!”
BIANCA MARROQUIN, Chicago
It’s not enough to say Bianca Marroquin is the first Mexican actress to have a leading role on Broadway, or the youngest ever to play Chicago’s silk-stockinged killer Roxie Hart. Marroquin is much more than that; she’s a sexy, spirited dynamo (“and all that jazz!”), who gets to belt a tune, dance and be funny in this exuberant revival of the 1975 Bob Fosse musical. After studying ballet, jazz, flamenco and tap at the Bellas Artes Academy in Texas, Marroquin made a splash in Mexican productions of shows like Beauty and the Beast and Rent. Now she’s shimmying and shaking her hips on center stage at the Ambassador Theater to the delight of the perennially packed house.
COURTNEY REED, Aladdin
Most actresses toil their entire lives never knowing what it’s like to feel the floorboards beneath their feet in the theater capital of the world. Not Courtney Reed, who was cast in the Broadway hit Mamma Mia! six months after receiving her diploma from Roosevelt University in Chicago. This March, Reed is back on Broadway playing Princess Jasmine in the stage adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin. The big-budget production will feature classic songs from the beloved 1992 animated movie (“A Whole New World”), as well as several show-stopping musical numbers written for the stage by Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken. The lovely Reed reportedly beat out a record number of actresses to snag the part of Jasmine. That’s enough to make us want to hop on this magic carpet ride.
PATINA MILLER, Pippin
Patina Miller is in phenomenal shape, and her acrobatic work in Pippin is at least partially responsible. The award-winning show is easily one of the most energetic musicals to hit Broadway in recent memory. Miller, who is 29 and narrates the show-within-the-show, earned rave reviews and a best actress Tony for her scintillating and sensual performance as the Leading Player in charge of a traveling theater troupe. Born and raised in South Carolina, Miller graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, which she attended on full scholarship, and soon after she found herself on London’s West End, where she made a name in Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy. A multitalented artist, Miller is equally at home on stage and on the big screen. Coming up, a role in the next two Hunger Games movies. Look out Jennifer Lawrence.