We all have our favorite Broadway performers: stars that we follow on social media and wait eagerly for their next project so that we can buy tickets within the first five minutes of the on-sale date. Though their work with Broadway is what we know them from and love them for, many of these entertainers have more up their sleeve beyond their beloved Broadway repertoire. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite videos of Broadway performers singing can’t-miss covers of popular, non-Broadway songs at various live events and showcases. It’s impossible not to marvel in the talent of these performers — you’re likely to get sucked in and find yourself lost down the rabbit hole of amazing videos from your favorite stars.
Jeremy Jordan, “I’ve Told You Now” by Sam Smith
Jeremy Jordan is perhaps one of the most adored leading men in the contemporary Broadway community. With idolized musical performances both on stage and screen, Jeremy has grown a loyal following. But Jeremy’s talents don’t stop there — he can also pull off popular music! On April 15, 2015, Jeremy performed Sam Smith’s “I’ve Told You Now” at the “Broadway Loves Sam Smith” event at 54 Below.
Max Sheldon and Ben Platt, “Shallow” from A Star is Born
Max Sheldon, an emerging performer in the theatrical and television community, hosted his debut concert “More You Please,” at 54 Below on January 27, 2019. He was joined by a special guest and Broadway sweetheart, Ben Platt. These two young men’s vocal talents extend beyond the realm of the theatrical stage, as seen in their joint performance of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” from A Star is Born.
Aaron Tveit, “All I Ask” by Adele
Aaron Tveit is another beloved contemporary Broadway leading man, known for his talent and charm. In addition to his many impressive Broadway credits, Aaron can also pull off pop, which is showcased through his recent and ongoing appearance as Christian in the pop-jukebox musical, Moulin Rouge! and beyond. On January 17, 2020, Aaron performed “All I Ask,” a heart-wrenching Adele song, at 54 Below.
Cynthia Erivo, “Stand Up” from Harriet
Multi-award-winning Cynthia Erivo certainly stands out in the Broadway community and has continued to grow her following in recent years. But not only is she an all-star of the stage, she recently recorded — and co-wrote — the song “Stand Up” for the film Harriet, which she also starred in. The song earned her a nomination for an Oscar, as well as an invite to perform the song live at the award show on February 9, 2020.
Jonathan Groff, “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
Another beloved Broadway leading man, Jonathan Groff has captivated audiences in a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen. His musical talents extend beyond his well-known repertoire of show tunes and into the realm of pop and even rock. On June 20, 2010, Jonathan performed “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen at a Joe’s Pub gig.
Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff, “Let Me Be Your Star” from SMASH
As we’ve established, everyone loves a good performance by Jeremy Jordan or Jonathan Groff. Put them together, though, and you get true musical dynamite. At MCC Theater’s annual Miscast gala in 2013, Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff joined forces to present a humorous, endearing, and downright epic performance of “Let Me Be Your Star” from the hit television series SMASH.
Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Meintus, “Telephone” by Lady Gaga ft. Beyonce
Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Meintus are known for their prolific Broadway and stage careers as well as their performances in NBC’s SMASH. But these stars have proven that they can rock out to pop anthems, as well. On March 3, 2015, Krysta and Andy — joined by Jeremy Jordan — put on their “This Will Be Our Year” concert at 54 Below to celebrate and reflect upon SMASH. They impressed the audience with a rowdy and spectacular performance of “Telephone” by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce.
Kristin Chenoweth, “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton
Kristin Chenoweth has an extensive Broadway and stage history, and she is viewed as an icon in the theatre community. Though known for her powerful voice and bubbly persona and characters on stage, Kristin’s talents span across genres beyond typical musical theatre repertoire. In several recent concerts, Kristin has performed a moving cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” one of which was at Steinway Hall in September of 2019. And most recently, Kristin returned to the Broadway stage in 2019 for a limited-run concert engagement, For the Girls, featuring favorites from both Broadway and mainstream popular music.
Idina Menzel, “Creep” by Radiohead
Known for her iconic ability to belt out some of the most epic of high notes in musical theatre, Idina Menzel’s powerhouse vocals extend beyond the Broadway stage, as well. In her Radio City Music Hall concert on June 16, 2014, Idina gave audience members a glimpse of just how versatile her voice really is with a powerful rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep.”
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