‘Blue Bloods’: Which Stars Were on Broadway Before the Show?

The Reagans live in New York so the show is filmed there. When actors are in the city they usually have a Broadway or theater background. Is that the case for the stars on Blue Bloods? Here are the actors who were on Broadway before the cop show.

Vanessa Ray as Eddie on 'Blue Bloods'
Vanessa Ray as Eddie on ‘Blue Bloods’ | Patrick Harbron/CBS via Getty Images

Len Cariou

The actor now plays the patriarch of the Reagan family, but he has a very different career than his retired character. Len Cariou debuted on Broadway back in 1968 in The House of Atreus.

That led to an illustrious Broadway career. He starred in Applause with Lauren Bacall and got a Tony nomination for his performance. He was later nominated again for A Little Night Music in 1973, and he later won for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Cariou had more roles but eventually, he started directing on Broadway with Don’t Call Back. He was later recognized by getting inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

Tom Selleck

Most fans know that Tom Selleck’s career skyrocketed through television. He played the private investigator Thomas Magnum on Magnum, P.I. Years later he also had reoccurring roles on The Closer and Friends.

After that, he was in the Broadway revival of A Thousand Clowns in 2001. That was his only Broadway role before he returned to television.

Sami Gayle

Before she played Nicky Reagan-Boyle, Sami Gayle started on Broadway in
Doctor Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! She went on to be in the revival of Gypsy with Patti LuPone, which went from off-Broadway to the Great White Way in 2008.

Gayle opened up about how she got her revival role and revealed why a previous one didn’t work out. “My teacher at Steps on Broadway offered me a role in a Broadway show,” Gayle told Refinery29. “Her husband was the choreographer.”

She continued, “I had to turn it down because my brother was being bar mitzvahed. But, he started looking for auditions for me and found Gypsy. I auditioned with thousands of people and eventually got the part. I’ve been acting — with my brother as my manager — ever since.”

Vanessa Ray

The actress started her theater career at Disney World. Vanessa Ray then toured playing Olive Ostrovsky for the national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She eventually made it to Broadway by playing Crissy in Hair.

She actually was in the city for her role of chef Teri Ciccone on As the World Turns first. “When I got the soap, I remember thinking, ‘What Broadway show could I do and still do this [day] job?’ I was thinking Nessarose in Wicked,” Ray said according to Broadway. “And I said to Ali [Case], ‘I could never do Hair because you’re on stage the entire time!’” She not only did that but stuck with her soap opera character at the same time.

It turns out a good portion of the main cast has been on Broadway at some point. Perhaps they will return to the stage again one day.

Read more: ‘Blue Bloods’: Are Any of the Actors Actually from New York?

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