These talented double threats from CBS, The CW, and Paramount+ are music to our ears.
By Nate Millado
Audra McDonald and Christine Baranski have wowed us with their acting chops—but did you know The Good Fight stars have vocal chops too? And they're far from the only double threats on television. Watch rounds up a few of our favorite stars who can act and sing.
1.Audra McDonald and Christine Baranski fromThe Good Fight
With six Tony awards, Audra McDonald holds the record for most performance wins and just might add a seventh this September—she's nominated for Best Actress in a Play for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Here she is, feting Broadway icon Stephen Sondheim with an uproarious rendition of "Ladies Who Lunch" with The Good Fight star Christine Baranski and none other than Meryl Streep.
Stream The Good Fight on Paramount+. Watch the Tony Awards LIVE on Sunday, Sept. 26, only on Paramount+.
2.Lana Parrilla from Why Women Kill
Lana Parrilla is absolutely killing it as Rita on the new season of Why Women Kill! It's her first juicy role since the pandemic—but Parrilla stayed plenty busy during lockdown. Not only did she start her own clothing line, but she released a new single, too!
Stream Why Women Kill on Paramount+.
3.Christopher Jackson from Bull
Bull viewers know him as Chunk Palmer, but Hamilton fans remember Christopher Jackson in a more presidential role: As George Washington in the mega-hit musical. Here he is performing one of his show-stoppers in front of two other presidents: Obama and Biden.
4.Queen Latifah from The Equalizer
Queen Latifah first burst onto the scene as a rapper in 1989; her debut album (All Hail the Queen) featured the hit single "Ladies First." She's gone on to release seven genre-defying albums that have dabbled in jazz, hip-hop, reggae, and pop—and earned a Grammy for the 1993 anthem "U.N.I.T.Y." In the movie musical Chicago, Latifah showcased her singing and acting chops as no-nonsense prison matron Mama Morton. She earned an Oscar nom for Best Supporting Actress! Watch her stirring rendition of "I Know Where I've Been" from another movie musical she starred in, Hairspray.
Season 2 of The Equalizer airs Sunday nights this fall at 8/7c on CBS.
5.LL Cool J from NCIS: Los Angeles
Like Queen Latifah, LL COOL J is one of the OGs of rap! And while the NCIS: Los Angeles star has flexed his lyrical muscle on such hardcore anthems as "Mama Said Knock You Out," LL has also shown a softer side with ballads like "I Need Love."
6.Annaleigh Ashford from B Positive
Annaleigh Ashford made a splash on the Great White Way as ditzy sorority sister Margot in Legally Blonde, her Broadway debut. Ever since, the Tony-winning actress has had standout performances in Hair, Rent, Legally Blonde, and Kinky Boots. But one of her best-known roles was as Glinda in the musical juggernaut Wicked. Here she is singing a bewitching rendition of "Wonderful."
7.Beth Behrs from The Neighborhood
Beth Behrs can sing just about anything! Case in point: When she hosted the 2014 People's Choice Awards with her former 2 Broke Girls co-star. Kat Dennings lobbed random song requests at Behrs, and The Neighborhood star didn't flinch, singing everything from The Sound of Music to Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball"!
8.Rita Moreno from One Day at a Time
Living legend Rita Moreno is a rare EGOT. She earned her Oscar as singing-and-dancing Anita in the classic movie musical West Side Story.
Stream episodes of One Day at a Time on Paramount+.
9.Sutton Foster from Younger
Sutton Foster has such a buttery voice, it's hard to believe she wasn't a trained vocalist until her Tony-winning role in Thoroughly Modern Millie!
Stream the final season of Younger on Paramount+.
10.Donnie Wahlberg from Blue Bloods
When it comes to music, Donnie Wahlberg is no new kid on the block! The Blue Bloods star still performs with his fellow "boy banders" NKOTB.
Blue Bloods returns Friday nights this fall at 10/9c on CBS.
11.Melissa Benoist from Supergirl
She's not just a superhero—she's a super singer! Melissa Benoist got her first big break in Glee and has showcased her vocals on musical episodes of The Flash and Supergirl. In 2018, she made her Broadway debut in the Carole King musical, Beautiful.
12.Grant Gustin from The Flash
Benoist's former Glee co-star Grant Gustin made fans of The Flash swoon when he serenaded Iris with "Running Home to You"...before popping the question.
The Flash returns this fall with a five-episode special event on The CW.