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Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them

The complete first season of The Gilded Age is now streaming on HBO Max.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them

Julian Fellowes has returned with The Gilded Age, a new HBO drama that begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon).

Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George (Morgan Spector) and Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon). Exposed to a world on the BRINK of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?

The new series also includes a stacked list of Broadway talent. Check out the complete list of Broadway names that you have seen in the first season of the hit series.

Updated on: March 22, Episodes 1-9


Christine Baranski (Agnes van Rhijn)

Christine Baranski her Broadway debut in 1980's short-lived Hide and Seek and won her first Tony Award as part of the star-studded cast of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing. She has also been seen in Boeing-Boeing, Nick & Nora, Rumors, The House of Blue Leaves, and Short Talks on the Universe.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Christine Baranski

Cynthia Nixon (Ada Brook)

Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon made her Broadway debut at the age of 14 in The Philadelphia Story. She has been seen on Broadway in The Real Thing, Hurlyburly, The Heidi Chronicles, Angels in America, Indiscretions, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Women, Rabbit Hole, Wit, The Real Thing, and, most recently, The Little Foxes, for which she won her second Tony Award.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Cynthia Nixon

Denée Benton (Peggy Scott)

Denée Benton was seen on Broadway as Natasha in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, which earned her a Tony Award nomination. Benton has also been seen on Broadway as Eliza in Hamilton and as Nabulungi in the West End and US National Tour of The Book of Mormon.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Denée Benton

Audra McDonald (Dorothy Scott)

Audra McDonald holds the record for more Tony Best Performance wins than any other actor in history, and is the only person to win all four acting categories. She has been seen on Broadway in Carousel, Lady Day, Master Class, Ragtime, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Shuffle Along, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, and Marie Christine.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Audra McDonald

Kelli O'Hara (Aurora Fane)

Most recently seen on Broadway in Kiss Me, Kate!, O'Hara won a Tony award for her performance in the King and I. O'Hara was also seen on Broadway in Follies, The Pajama Game, The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work if You Can Get It, South Pacific, and The Light in the Piazza.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Kelli O'Hara & Louisa Jacobson

Carrie Coon (Bertha Russell)

Carrie Coon was seen on Broadway in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 2012. Her Off-Broadway credits include Mary Jane in 2017 and Nassim in 2018.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Carrie Coon

Morgan Spector (George Russell)

Morgan Spector made his Broadway debut in the 2010 revival of A View From the Bridge. He has also been seen in Harvey and Machinal.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Morgan Spector

Donna Murphy (Mrs. Astor)

Donna Murphy was most recently seen as the alternate for Dolly Levi in the 2017 revival of Hello, Dolly! Murphy was also seen in People in the Picture, LoveMusik, Children & Art, Passion, Wonderful Town, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Human Comedy, and They're Playing Our Song. Murphy won a Tony award for her performance in the 1996 revival of The King and I.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Donna Murphy

Celia Keenan-Bolger (Mrs. Bruce)

Celia Kennan-Bolger was nominated for a Tony award for her performances in The Glass Menagerie and Peter and the Starcatcher before winning for her performance as Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. Her other Broadway credits include The Cherry Orchard, Les Miserables, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Claybourne Elder (John Adams)

Claybourne Elder can currently be seen on Broadway as Andy in Company. His other Broadway credits include Torch Song, Sunday in the Park with George, and Bonnie & Clyde.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Claybourne Elder

Katie Finneran (Anne Morris)

Katie Finneran won a Tony Award in 2010 for her performance in Promises, Promises. She has also been seen Annie, Noises Off, Mauritius, Cabaret, the Iceman Cometh, Neil Simon's Proposals, The Heiress, My Favorite Year, Two Shakespearean Actors, and On Borrowed Time.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Katie Finneran

Michael Cerveris (Watson)

Michael Ceveris won Tony awards for his performances in Assassins and Fun Home. His other Broadway credits include Evita, LoveMusik, Sweeney Todd, and The Who's Tommy, In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play), Hedda Gabler, Cymbeline, and Titanic.

Linda Emond (Clara Barton)

Linda Emond made her Broadway debut as Abigail Adams in 1776. Emond's other Broadway credits include Life (x) 3, Death of a Salesman, and Cabaret, all three of which she was nominated for a Tony Award.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Linda Emond

Simon Jones (Bannister)

Simon Jones recently completed his run in the 2021 revival of Trouble in Mind. He has also been seen in The Real Thing, Benefactors, The School for Scandal, Getting Married, Private Lives, The Real Inspector Hound, The Herbal Bed, Ring Round the Moon, Waiting in the Wings, Blithe Spirit.

Debra Monk (Armstrong)

Debra Monk has appeared on Broadway in Chicago, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Curtains, Reckless, Thou Shalt Not, Ah, Wilderness!, Steel Pier, Company, Redwood Curtain, Nick & Nora, Prelude to a Kiss, and Pump Boys and Dinettes.

Taylor Richardson (Bridget)

Taylor Richardson made her Broadway debut in 2012 as Duffy and the alternate for Annie. She later took over the title role full-time.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Taylor Richardson, Debra Monk, Simon Jones & Ben Ahler

Douglas Sills (Monsieur Baudin)

Douglas Sills received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for his critically acclaimed performance as The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway. He was also seen in Little Shop of Horrors, War Paint, Living On Love, On the 20th Century, Monty Python's Spamalot, and Moonlight & Magnolias.

Jeanne Tripplehorn (Sylvia Chamberlain)

Jeanne Tripplhorn made her Broadway debut in in the 1989 production of Tru. She was later seen in Roundabout's 1997 revival of The Three Sisters.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Jeanne Tripplehorn

Patrick Page (Richard Clay)

Patrick Page is currently starring as Hades in the Broadway production of Hadestown. His other Broadway credits include Casa Valentina, Time to Kill, Spring Awakening, Cyrano de Bergerac, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, A Man for All Seasons, Julius Caesar, The Lion King, Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Beauty and the Beast, and The Kentucky Cycle.

Ashlie Atkinson (Mamie Fish)

Ashlie Atkinson made her Broadway debut in the 2005 benefit production of the 24 Hour Plays. She was later seen as Vivian Proclo in Roundabout's revival of The Ritz.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Amy Forsythe, Ashlie Atkinson & Harry Richardson

Kelley Curran (Turner)

Curran made her Broadway debut as an understudy in the 2017 revival of Present Laughter. She has been seen Off-Broadway in Dracula, Mother of the Maid, and Bedlam's Peter Pan.

Kristine Niesen (Mrs. Bauer)

Kristine Nielsen has been seen on Broadway in Present Laughter, You Can't Take It With You, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Spring Awakening, The Green Bird, Jackie, and The Iceman Cometh.

Ron Raines

Ron Raines was most recently seen on Broadway as Oliver Warbucks in Annie. His previous credits include Chicago, Newsies, Follies, Teddy & Alice, Show Boat, and Colette.

John Sanders (Stanford White)

John Sanders made his Broadway debut as Sergei in Matilda. He was also seen in Groundhog Day and in the national tour of Peter and the Starcatcher.

Jack Gilpin (Church)

Jack Gilpin was seen on Broadway in the 2002 revival of The Elephant Man, Getting & Spending, Beyond Therapy, and Lunch Hour.

Michael Gill (Patrick Morris)

Michael Gill made his Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre Company's 2008 revival of A Man For All Seasons.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Michael Gill

Desi Oakley (Miss Mavell)

Desi Oakley was most recently seen on Broadway as Roxie Hart in Chicago. She has been seen on Broadway in Wicked, Les Miserables, Evita, and Annie. She played Jenna in the national tour and West End productions of Waitress.

Blair Ross (Grand Woman)

Blair Ross made her Broadway debut in the 2001 revival of 42nd Street. She was also seen in Jekyll & Hyde, Side Show, and My Fair Lady.

William Ryall (Mr. Hefty)

Ryan made his Broadway debut in 1986 in Me and My Girl. He was also seen in Grand Hotel, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, High Society, Amadeus, Seussical, Chess, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, Chaplin, and Wicked.

John Douglas Thompson (Arthur Scott)

John Douglas Thompson made his Broadway debut in Julius Caesar in 2005. Thompson has also been seen in Cyrano de Bergerac, A Time to Kill, Jitney, Carousel, and King Lear.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
John Douglas Thompson

Brooke Bloom

Bloom has been seen on Broadway in the 2017 Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Time and the Conways.

Michael Countryman

Michael Countryman made his Broadway debut in Face Value. Since then, he has been seen in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Holiday, Night Must Fall, Mary Stuart, Wit, Six Degrees of Separation, and M. Butterfly.

Ward Horton (Charles Fane)

Ward Horton was seen on Broadway as Ed in the 2018 Broadway revival of Torch Song.

Lisa Howard

Lisa Howard made her Broadway debut as Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has been seen in South Pacific, 9 to 5: The Musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, It Shoulda Been You, and Escape to Margaritaville. She currently plays Madame Morrible in the national tour of Wicked.

Sullivan Jones

Sullivan Jones made his Broadway debut as Phillip in Slave Play in 2019.

Michael Luwoye

Michael Luwoye made his Broadway debut as the title-role in Hamilton, a role he originally played in the national tour.

Erin Wilhelmi

Erin Wilhelmi made her Broadway debut as Mercy Lewis in the 2016 revival of The Crucible. Recently, she's been seen as Emmy in A Doll's House Part 2 and as Mayella Ewell in To Kill A Mockingbird.

Micaela Diamond (Shop Assistant)

Micaela Diamond made her Broadway debut as one third of pop icon Cher in the musical The Cher Show. She was also seen in Jesus Chris Superstar Live on NBC and in Netflix's tick, tick...BOOM! film.

Liz McCartney (Female Spectator)

Liz McCartney made her Broadway debut in the ensemble of Les Miserables. Since then, she has been seen in Mamma Mia!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dance of the Vampire, Taboo, South Pacific, Annie, Sunday in the Park With George, My Fair Lady, and The Phantom of the Opera. She can be seen in the ensemble in the upcoming Broadway revival of Funny Girl.

Peter Krouse (Mad Spectator)

Peter Krause made his Broadway debut as Quentin in the 2004 revival of After They Fall.

Johnathon Spivey (Senior Manager)

Jonathan Spivey made his Broadway debut in the ensemble of the 2014 production of Act One. Additionally, he was seen as Second Policeman in The Front Page.

Sandra Caldwell (Ellen)

Caldwell was seen on Broadway in as Apollo Singer and Jingle Singer in 1990's Buddy.

Brenda Wehle

Brenda Wehle was last seen on Broadway as Rebecca Nurse in the 2016 production of The Crucible. She has also appeared in Pygmalion, Come Back Little Sheba, and The Big Knife.

Nathan Lane (Ward McAllister)

Nathan Lane won Tony Awards for his performances in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Producers, and Angels in America. Additional Broadway credits include Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, The Front Page, It's Only a Play, Present Laughter, Merlin, Wind in the Willows, Some Americans Abroad, On Borrowed Time, Guys and Dolls, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Frogs, The Odd Couple, Butley, November, Waiting for Godot, The Addams Family, and The Nance.

Broadway Actors in THE GILDED AGE & How You Know Them
Nathan Lane

Katherine Romans

Katherine Romans appeared on Broadway in 2021 as an understudy in Is This A Room.

Henry Stram

Henry Stram made his Broadway debut in the 1997 production as George Widener in Titanic. He has also been seen in The Crucible, Inherit the Wind, The Elephant Man, Junk, and Network.

James Clow (Chamberlain House Butler)

James Clow made his Broadway debut in Blood Brothers in 1993. He has also been seen in Company, Wonderful Town, Assassins, and Irving Berlin's White Christmas.

Christopher Gurr (Man at the Times)

Christopher Gurr was seen on Broadway in All the Way, Amazing Grace, Tuck Everlasting, and Cats.

Nancy Anderson

Nancy Anderson made her Broadway debut as Mona in the transfer of A Class Act. Since then, she was seen on Broadway in the 2003 revival of Wonderful Town and in the ensemble of the recent revival of Sunset Boulevard, also understudying Norma Desmond.

Conan McCarty (Judge)

McCarty made his Broadway debut as Donalbain in the 1988 revival of Macbeth. Since then, he was seen as an understudy in the 2010 revival of A Life in the Theatre.

Melanie Moore (Sally Drexel)

Melanie Moore made her Broadway debut as Peter Pan in Finding Neverland. She has also been seen as Chava in the 2015 revival of Fiddler on the Roof and as Ermengarde in the 2017 revival of Hello, Dolly!

Paul Slade Smith (Union Club Waiter)

Paul Slade Smith was seen on Broadway in Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and My Fair Lady. He has also been seen in the national tour of Wicked.

Jacob Keith Watson (John Dixon)

Jacob Keith Watson made his Broadway debut as a swing in Violet. Since then, he has been seen in Amelie, Carousel, and the Phantom of the Opera.

Joshua Burrage (Male Quadrille Dancer)

Joshua Burrage was seen on Broadway as a swing in the 2018 Broadway revival of Cats.

Evan Kinnane (Male Quadrille Dancer)

Evan Kinnane has appeared on Broadway in Moulin Rouge! the Musical.

Stephen Spinella

Stephen Spinella has been seen on Broadway in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Angels in America, A View from the Bridge, Electra, James Joyce's The Dead (Outer Critics Circle & Drama Desk Awards; Tony nom), Our Town, Spring Awakening, and The Velocity of Autumn.

Sandra Caldwell (Ellen)

Sandra Caldwell was seen on Broadway as a singer in the 1990 production of Buddy.

Anne-Marie Cusson (Mrs. Cuyper)

Anne-Marie Cusson was seen in the ensemble of To Kill A Mockingbird on Broadway.

Chip Abbott (Waltz Dancer)

Chip Abbott was seen in the ensemble of the 2014 Broadway revival of On The Town.

Amanda Braun (Waltz Dancer)

Amanda Braun was seen as Universal Swing in the Broadway production of Hamilton.

Mia DeWeese (Waltz Dancer)

Mia DeWeese has been seen on Broadway as a swing in Moulin Rouge! the Musical.

Leigh Ann Esty (Waltz Dancer)

Leigh Ann Esty was seen on Broadway in the ensemble of the 2018 revival of Carousel.

Kaitlyn Frank (Waltz Dancer)

Kaitlyn Frank appeared on Broadway in the ensemble of the 2017 revival of My Fair Lady.

Lauren Gibbs (Waltz Dancer)

Lauren Gibbs has been seen on Broadway in the ensemble of Wicked.

Weston Krukow (Waltz Dancer)

West Krukow has been seen on Broadway as a swing in the Phantom of the Opera.

Alec Varcas (Waltz Dancer)

Alec Varcas appeared on Broadway as a swing in Aladdin.


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