Broadway's mantastic fall

The Great White Way has some amazing leading men this fall. Here are 12 of the hottest.

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  • Harry Connick Jr.
    Folks still sigh wistfully in memory of Connick's dreamboat turn in The Pajama Game. Now the crooner returns as a kindly psychiatrist in an updated version of the trippy 1965 tuner On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

  • Hugh Dancy
    It takes a special actor to hold his own against the sexy comic powerhouse Nina Arianda in Venus in Fur, and Dancy's it. This English thespian has acting chops and charm to spare.

  • Paul Gross
    Hailing from Canada, Gross is the thinking person's sex symbol, a warm and witty actor who made bohemian shabby seem sexy on TV's Slings and Arrows. He cleans up real nice, too: Check him out as he flirts and spars with Kim Cattrall in Private Lives.

  • Dul Hill
    As Kent "Spoon" Levay, Hill (Psych) plays the writer son of an affluent family summering on Martha's Vineyard. Hill has always blended laid-back intelligence with wit, and we expect him to turn up the charm in Lydia R. Diamond's family dramedy Stick Fly.

  • Jeremy Jordan
    The young Jordan---one-half of the sexy outlaw team of Bonnie and Clyde---is poised for his big Broadway breakthrough. From all reports, he can steal bank cash and hearts with equal aplomb.

  • Photograph: 2010 Joan Marcus

    Stacy Keach
    Silver-haired and well-lived-in, Keach may be far from his 1980s Mike Hammer days, but he's virile and commanding as the right-wing patriarch in Other Desert Cities.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Lutch

    Norm Lewis
    The hunky and wholesome Lewis plays Porgy in the much-anticipated revival of the classic Porgy and Bess, and he's got quite a challenge: how to make his disabled, lovelorn character not pathetic, but noble.

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Hugh Jackman
    Good thing this list isn't a contest, because the preternaturally handsome and talented Australian might take home top prize. But he's not coasting on good looks: Jackman's song-and-dance prowess is wowing the crowds at his solo show.

  • Samuel L. Jackson
    More famed for his action-movie turns, Jackson has a kind of good-humored sex appeal as well, which he uses to powerful effect in The Mountaintop, Katori Hall's semi-subversive take on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Hunter Parrish
    If you like them young, slim and fair-haired, the cute-as-a-button Weeds actor is your boy. Playing the Son of Man in Stephen Schwartz's Jesus-centric 1971 musical, Parrish could charm us into heaven.

  • Alan Rickman
    That contemptuous drawl. Those sleepy eyes. That peculiarly effective way he paces. His. Words. Rickman is the intellectual hottie in this crew, and he's opening a new chapter as a literary star in Theresa Rebeck's comedy Seminar.

  • Photograph: Michael McCabe

    Gary Wilmes
    Wilmes may be one of the least known faces in this roundup, but by now you've probably seen him in those strangely endearing TV spots for Chinglish (or maybe on Comedy Central's Jon Benjamin Has a Van). A tall drink of Midwestern man, Wilmes paid his dues in downtown theater before his Broadway breakthrough.

Harry Connick Jr.
Folks still sigh wistfully in memory of Connick's dreamboat turn in The Pajama Game. Now the crooner returns as a kindly psychiatrist in an updated version of the trippy 1965 tuner On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

This fall, it's raining men on Broadway. Although you often equate the Great White Way with musical-theater divas such as Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald (who are currently earning their standing Os, don't you worry), this year's bumper crop of toothsome dudes has caught our attention. Here are 12 of the most manly, elegant, forceful and handsome gents ruling the spotlight.

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