See these Broadway couples in shows together
These real-life pairs work together both on stage and behind the scenes.
Everyone loves a good showmance. From Moulin Rouge! The Musical to The Phantom of the Opera, there are plenty of shows featuring romances that blossom backstage. It's not just fiction, though — there are lots of real-life Broadway power couples who met after being cast in the same show. But even if you missed a show that brought a theatre couple together, you're in luck. Every so often, real-life spouses will return to Broadway together again.
You can see the work of real-life couples in multiple Broadway shows right now. Some play spouses on stage, while in some cases, one performs while the other works behind the scenes. We've also included couples who are on Broadway at the same time in different shows — even if you can't see them together, you can plan a two-show day and see their work back to back.
Stephanie J. Block and Sebastian Arcelus in Into the Woods
Just when we thought there could be no sweeter pairing than Sara Bareilles and Brian d'Arcy James (who are not spouses) in the latest revival of Into the Woods, the announcements of their replacements came along: Sebastian Arcelus and Stephanie J. Block. Through October 23, when Arcelus departs the show, the real-life spouses play husband and wife on stage, too, as the Baker and the Baker's Wife.
The characters can't have a child thanks to a witch's curse, so they go on a quest in the woods to reverse it. Danger, stress, and a very charming prince put a strain on their marriage along the way. Luckily, in real life, Block and Arcelus have been happily married since 2007 and have a daughter together.
This isn't the couple's first time performing together on stage. Arcelus and Block met while starring opposite each other in Wicked's Broadway and national tour productions, playing Elphaba and her beau, Fiyero.
Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada in Hadestown
If you can't help but think that Orpheus and Eurydice have such great chemistry while watching Hadestown, it might be because it's not entirely acting. Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada, who play these tragic young lovers of Greek mythology, met in rehearsals for the show and announced they were dating shortly after the show's opening in 2019. Carney and Noblezada's relationship is still going strong, and they're still starring in this musical myth retelling, so it's safe to say that their onstage romance has only grown stronger as their offstage one has.
Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson in The Piano Lesson
At The Piano Lesson on Broadway, you'll actually only see one of these spouses on stage, but the other one makes the whole show happen. Samuel L. Jackson stars as Doaker Charles, the uncle to two feuding adult siblings who helps keep their family history alive. The acclaimed actor makes his grand return to Broadway after 10 years — and doing it with his wife of more than 40 years by his side.
LaTanya Richardson Jackson, who's acted in shows like To Kill a Mockingbird and A Raisin in the Sun, directs The Piano Lesson. A five-star New York Theatre Guide review of The Piano Lesson says of her work, "Under the deft guidance of LaTanya Richardson Jackson, who makes her Broadway directing debut, August Wilson’s stirring story... comes vividly to life."
Audra McDonald in Ohio State Murders and Will Swenson in A Beautiful Noise
Audra McDonald and Will Swenson, who have been married for 10 years, aren't in a show together, but they're on Broadway at the same time starting in November. And their two shows couldn't be more different. McDonald is starring in Adrienne Kennedy's play Ohio State Murders as Suzanne Alexander, a professor who encounters racism and violence at her alma mater.
Swenson leads a much more joyful show: A Beautiful Noise, a musical about the life and award-winning career of Neil Diamond. He plays a young Diamond as he tries to break into the industry. Maybe you'll catch him or McDonald in the audience of their spouse's show one day!
They have performed together in the past, though — the couple met while doing 110 in the Shade on Broadway. Perhaps they'll star opposite each other again someday.
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